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Preston Brown may be a major signing for the Bengals, but he knows he isn’t above learning from other players.

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Early hot takes for Bengals 2018 season
The Cincinnati Bengals have made some significant changes this offseason giving fans hope for a playoff push in 2018. After falling short the last two seasons, Cincinnati has restructured some of the coaching positions along with adding significant help on both sides of the ball. With all of the change that has happened this offseason, what are the expectations for the Bengals?

Bleacher Report grades Bengals offseason moves
The Cincinnati Bengals went to the playoffs five consecutive seasons before missing them the last two seasons. Missing out again in 2017, the organization decided it was time for some changes to be made if they were going to get back on track this season. Unfortunately, that did not mean moving on from head coach Marvin Lewis. It did, however, mean new coaching around the team and more personnel that are immediate upgrades for the Bengals.

Could the Bengals Add Another Free Agent Before the Season?
The Cincinnati Bengals have already done a solid job filling the major holes on the roster this offseason. The offensive line was a glaring weakness heading into this season. The Bengals remedied this problem by acquiring left tackle Cordy Glenn from Buffalo and drafting center Billy Price. Aside from offensive line, the defensive line and secondary needed some reinforcements.

Preston Brown learning from Bengals veterans
The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Buffalo Bills linebacker Preston Brown during this offseason free agency period. Brown, a Cincinnati native, has expressed his excitement this offseason playing for the team he grew up cheering for. He will also help fill the vacant spot that Cincinnati has been trying to fill in the middle of the defense in 2018.

Cut or Keep: Bengals possibly on the roster bubble heading into summer
The Cincinnati Bengals passed the 2018 NFL draft with flying colors and head into the summer needing to trim down the roster. As has been the case in past years, an already-talented roster makes the process hard on the Bengals — especially because the front office isn’t keen on cutting ties before a contract expires.

Eight hours inside rookie camp with Bengals DC Teryl Austin
The sun has not yet risen when Teryl Austin starts his daily routine. Austin emerges from his downtown apartment around 5:45 on a Saturday morning in May, donning workout clothes and a pair of headphones. It's a big weekend for him, with his first chance since January to actually coach players.

AFC North Bytes

Ranking the Steelers top running backs not named Le’Veon Bell
When the Pittsburgh Steelers kick off training camp, there is going to be a heated competition within the running back depth chart. The reason being, the absence of Le’Veon Bell means the rest of the group is going to get all those training camp snaps and could even be angling for a start on opening weekend if Bell doesn’t show up.

Lamar Jackson Hits Hollywood Club Scene with Lil Uzi Vert and Calvin Ridley
Baltimore Ravens rookie QB Lamar Jackson has touched down in L.A. -- so, of course, he's gotta party with a celebrity! 21-year-old Jackson -- along with fellow 1st round draft pick Calvin Ridley -- hit up Hyde on the Sunset Strip ... where they raged with rap star Lil Uzi Vert! The funniest part ... Jackson's wardrobe -- dude was allowed inside despite the fact he was rockin' Adidas slides!

Random Bytes

Buying or Selling Each 1st-Round Rookie as a Day 1 Starter
Front offices generally project first-round rookies as immediate impact assets or the players who will change the franchise's trajectory. Ideally, it's a search for Day 1 starters, though it's a little different for quarterbacks who need development. Still, that quarterback picked in the first round will eventually carry heavy expectations as the leader in the huddle at the most important position in the game. A proverbial redshirt year holding the clipboard serves as a learning period before the coaches hand him the keys to the offense.

Vincent Jackson Retires from NFL After 12 Seasons with Chargers, Buccaneers
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson didn't play during the 2017 NFL season, and his agent Jonathan Feinsod said the Northern Colorado product is "very happily retired," per Jeremy Fowler of Jackson entered the league in 2005 when the San Diego Chargers selected him in the second round, and he played 12 seasons for the Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

J.J. Watt Reportedly to Pay for Funerals of Victims of Texas HS Shooting
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is doing what he can for his community after a school shooting in the Houston area Friday at Santa Fe High School. According to Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston, officials at the school were told Watt will pay for the funerals of Friday's victims.