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Bengals Bytes (5/16): Playerives making an impact in the community

The Bengals’ wives are giving back to the Cincinnati community during the offseason.

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Bengals players, wives holding events in the Cincinnati community
The offseason isn’t just for workouts and minicamps, as members of the Cincinnati Bengals – and their families – are getting out in the community in the coming week. Angela Shaw, owner of the event planning and design company Zeven Events, is hosting a “Women in Business Empowerment” seminar on Friday at Paul Brown Stadium from 6-10 p.m.

5 observations from Cincinnati Bengals rookie camp
First-round pick Billy Price not only was in uniform for the rookie camp, he was able to run a few drills despite recovering from a surgically repaired pectoral injury suffered at the Combine. Price, a center from Ohio State, isn’t cleared to the point where he could participate if this was training camp, but with players in shorts and no pads, he was able to do much more than just watch and take mental reps, which is a positive sign for a team that has seen it’s last three first-round picks contribute next to nothing as rookies.

Did Bengals 2015 draft derail Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Bengals made the playoffs five consecutive years dating from 2011-2015. Then came the 2015 NFL Draft and it seems that draft class might have derailed the streak by Cincinnati. The team went to the playoffs in 2015 but has missed out during the last couple of seasons. Could a poor draft have derailed Cincinnati?

Andy Dalton sees an improved John Ross this year at Bengals camp
A new John Ross showed up for the Cincinnati Bengals this year — just ask quarterback Andy Dalton. This time last year, Ross showed up as a rookie with an iffy shoulder and tried to force the issue. This year, he’s taking his time and learning from guys around him with two fresh shoulders after an offseason operation.

John Ross is the Bengals biggest boom or bust
Wide receiver John Ross was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals ninth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Washington. He made the top ten of the draft with his outstanding combine performance showing off his explosive speed. Ross had a shoulder injury that he was recovering from when the Bengals drafted him and injuries plagued his rookie season.

Ross listening to think tank
Just stop thinking. That’s what the vets have been telling John Ross this spring. In anticipation of next Tuesday’s first voluntary on-field session against the defense both fellow wide receivers A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell are telling Ross to just stop thinking and start allowing his enormous talent to surface.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens Lower Concession Prices in Effort to Reconnect with Fan Base
The Baltimore Ravens will lower the prices of concessions at M&T Bank Stadium this upcoming season in an effort to "win back fans," according to Jamison Hensley of Per that report, "The Ravens are following the lead of the Atlanta Falcons, who dropped prices of concessions after moving into the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and made more money. The Falcons lowered prices on food and beverage by 50 percent and fans spent 16 percent more."

Bulger empathizes with Roethlisberger over Steelers' QB soap opera
Central Catholic product and West Virginia alum Marc Bulger knows what it is like to be a youngster with the potential of trying to replace a legendary, Super Bowl-winning quarterback. That's what happened when he was the third-stringer in St. Louis behind Kurt Warner. He also knows what it's like to be a veteran in the quarterback room with a high-profile, future franchise QB.

Random Bytes

Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: When Will the NFL Have Its Own Becky Hammon?
It's been striking to hear the ease with which most people talk about Becky Hammon becoming an NBA head coach. In many ways, it's typical for the NBA, which has become a progressive force. Most NBA players and coaches can talk openly about politics and race without fear of repercussions. The league is a hotbed of activism and intelligent discussion on important topics.

Lane Johnson Still Upset with Patriots' 'Arrogance' After Super Bowl Win
Lane Johnson was on the winning side in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, yet the Philadelphia Eagles right tackle couldn't help but get in a few more shots on the New England Patriots. During a recent appearance on The Steve Austin Show (h/t's Tim McManus), Johnson explained how he grew upset with how members of the Patriots attempted to emphasize their approach to football above any other

Dez Bryant Doesn't Regret Passing on Ravens' Contract Offer, Criticizes Media
Free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant said Tuesday that he doesn't regret his decision to not sign with the Baltimore Ravens earlier this offseason. Additionally, Bryant blasted the media and said he has been portrayed as someone who's "not easy to get along with."