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Bengals Bytes (5/15): Logan Woodside is enjoying his chance in Cincinnati

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Logan Woodside is happy he gets a shot to make the NFL with his favorite team growing up.

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Who Will be the Bengals' Goal Line Back?
Say what you will about running back Jeremy Hill, but the guy was excellent in short-yardage situations. The former Bengal (and current Patriot) was never particularly efficient running the ball. However, he was hugely successful around the goal line for the Bengals for the past few years. In Hill’s first three years (2014-2016), he put up 9, 11, and 9 touchdowns on the ground. All but three of those 31 touchdowns came in the red zone.

Red flags for Bengals have analysts skeptical
The Cincinnati Bengals have had a busy offseason between new coaches coming into the organization and adding players to the roster. It’s especially true for the offense as offensive coordinator Bill Lazor puts his stamp on the playbook for the first time. Lazor looks to change a significant portion of how the offense plays and while it can be exciting, there are also reasons to be worried.

Columbia City’s Jared Murphy appreciates last-minute Cincinnati Bengals rookie minicamp experience
Jared Murphy made the most of his limited time with the Cincinnati Bengals. He hopes it’ll lead to another NFL opportunity. Murphy, a standout wide receiver from Columbia City High School and Miami (Ohio) University, received a call late Friday afternoon inviting him as a tryout player to the three-day rookie minicamp. The camp opened earlier Friday morning.

Bengals sign three more draft picks to rookie deals
It was a busy weekend for the Cincinnati Bengals and their 2018 rookie class as they started their rookie minicamps on Friday afternoon. Even with everything going on during the minicamps, Cincinnati found the time to sign three more of their draft picks to their rookie contracts. These deals include safety Jessie Bates, cornerback Darius Phillips, and running back Mark Walton.

Bengals sign three try-out players
The Bengals signed three try-out players who are all college free agents after last weekend’s rookie minicamp. In order to make room Monday they cut third-year safety Robenson Therezie and a pair of first-year players that participated in the camp, guard Oni Omoile and tight end Scott Orndoff.

Price bench pressing playbook
Rookie center Billy Price, the Bengals’ No. 1 pick, isn’t scheduled to make a snap until training camp but he’s already making an impact. After hooking on as one of the three try-out players that survived last weekend’s rookie minicamp, Oklahoma State center Brad Lundblade saluted Price for helping him out with the playbook while he made the majority of the snaps.

Cincinnati Bengals QB Logan Woodside happy with start
Two weeks have passed since the Cincinnati Bengals picked Logan Woodside in the seventh round, but the Frankfort, Ky. native sounded just as excited for his first rookie camp practice as he did on draft night when his favorite team growing up took a chance on him.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens sign defensive end Da’Sean Downey
The Baltimore Ravens signed undrafted free agent defensive end Da’Sean Downey on Monday. Downey recorded 58 tackles with 20 tackles for loss and six sacks last year at FCS Massachusetts. He appeared in 40 games with 11 career sacks during his college career. He was named a first-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference selection as a senior.

Where do the Browns stand at each position group?
Brogan Roback, a rookie from Maumee, OH, and Eastern Michigan, was signed as the fourth quarterback in camp after Wisconsin’s Joel Stave failed his tryout. Four QBs are needed for training camp to give all the receivers and tight ends the reps they need. The OTA season, which runs into the mandatory full team minicamp in June, will determine whether No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield returns in late July as the No. 2 behind starter Tyrod Taylor or No. 3 behind Drew Stanton.

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Cardinals Rookie Christian Kirk Arrested on Multiple Charges in February
Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and property damage in February, Kent Somers of reported Monday. According to Somers, authorities in Scottsdale, Arizona, said Kirk and a group of friends were exiting the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Security personnel at the course witnessed the group "throwing rocks at cars and breaking a window of at least one of them."

Jason Witten Predicts Former Cowboys Teammate Dez Bryant Will Sign with Packers
Former Dallas Cowboys tight end and new ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jason Witten said Monday he believes former teammate Dez Bryant will sign with the Green Bay Packers. Speaking on The Adam Schefter Podcast (h/t Zach Kruse of USA Today), Witten offered his prediction: "I think he's going to end up going to the Green Bay Packers. I think that's a great spot for him. Aaron Rodgers, he throws that back-shoulder throw so well, and Dez [can have] great chemistry with a good quarterback that can put the ball wherever he wants."

David Tepper to sign Carolina Panthers purchase deal
Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner David Tepper is expected to sign the deal Tuesday to buy the Panthers and keep them in Carolina, a league source told ESPN's Seth Wickersham and Adam Schefter. The deal would be expected to be approved at the owners meetings in Atlanta on May 22. The purchase needs to get approval from the NFL financial committee and then three-fourths approval from the 32 owners.