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The Bengals special teams coordinator is currently fighting for kickoffs as they are currently under attack by the league office.

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2019 NFL mock draft: Bengals go with more of the same in a way-too-early edition
The Bengals hit a familiar position group yet again in a new mock draft. For the Cincinnati Bengals, the high-profile addition of Billy Price out of Ohio State in the first round this year doesn’t have a new 2019 mock draft doing anything different — it’s still all about the offensive line.

List of Cincinnati Bengals undrafted free agents
The Cincinnati Bengals will not officially announce this year’s crop of undrafted free agent signings until May 10, when the players report for rookie minicamp. But confirmations via players, coaches, agents and media reports gives us a glimpse at what players have agreed to deals with the Bengals.

Cincinnati Bengals rookie class receives numbers
The Cincinnati Bengals have given jersey numbers to most of their rookie class according to the Bengals official website. First-round pick Ohio State center Billy Price will wear the number 53. The last Bengal to wear that uniform was linebacker Marquis Flowers. Flowers was traded to the New England Patriots before last season.

Moritz Boehringer added to Cincinnati Bengals roster
The former sixth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings is back in the league after the Cincinnati Bengals added him to their roster via the league's International Player Pathway program, the team announced. As part of the program, four teams -- Cincinnati, Cleveland, Baltimore and Pittsburgh -- will each carry a player from the program until the end of training camp.

International Player Added to Bengals Roster
Moritz Böhringer (6-4, 227), a first-year player, has been added to the Bengals’ roster. In 2016, Böhringer became the first player to be drafted by an NFL team directly from Europe, when he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round. He spent the entire 2016 season on the Vikings’ practice squad, and he was later waived on final cuts prior to the ’17 season. He was not with an NFL team during the ’17 regular season.

Hobson's Choice: walking the line in the draft
I still think there are hidden gems in there, like nose tackle Andrew Billings and wide receiver Cody Core in ’16 and wide receivers John Ross and Josh Malone in ’17. I think the young guards, Alex Redmond and Christian Westerman, are going to benefit the most from the move up front as well as right tackle Jake Fisher. They’ll be better being able to power off the ball and not worrying about anything else. I think those are potential break-out players on the O-line, pending who becomes the right guard.

Bengals' Simmons in NY fighting for life of kickoff at NFL summit
Simmons will be far from alone Wednesday. He’s among a select group of coaches, former players, league officials and even owners gathering in New York to figure out the future of play amid the pressure of safety concerns.

Former Bengals running back fails to cash 2010 check from former team
It's arguable whether or not running back Larry Johnson earned whatever the Bengals paid him for the 204 rushing yards he gained for the team in seven games in 2009, but he apparently cashed each paycheck they gave him. The same can't be said about a check from another team for which he also played.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens drafted for the future, not so much to win now
Now that the dust of the 2018 NFL draft has settled, it’s easy to think the Baltimore Ravens are in win-now mode. They grabbed four new weapons for quarterback Joe Flacco as well as a brand-new right tackle. Right this second, the offense is far better on paper than they were a year ago.

The Browns show lots of confidence in Baker Mayfield and the process that led them to him
"I think the hardest part, and where we have to stay the most disciplined, as much as you want a player, you can't invent him if he doesn't exist," Paul DePodesta told ESPN Cleveland after that draft. "There just may be not be anybody in that year who's good enough to be a Top 20 quarterback. Even though you have a desperate need for one, you have to resist the temptation of taking that guy just because you have a need if you don't believe he's one of those 20 guys at the end of the day.

Random Bytes

Troy Vincent: NFL Considering 'Modifying' Kickoffs Ahead of 2018 Season
As college football continues to make the game safer by tweaking kickoff rules, the NFL may follow suit. Per's Judy Battista, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent recently revealed that while the league will not eliminate kickoffs in 2018, it will consider modifying the rules.

Baker Mayfield Agent: Patriots Implied Shock Trade to No. 2 If QB Were Available
The New England Patriots reportedly considered acquiring the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft had the Cleveland Browns not selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first pick. According to Andrew Brandt of The MMQB, Mayfield's agent, Jack Mills, said: "We knew that the [New York] Jets at [No.] 3 was the bottom line. We had another team that said, 'You may get a big surprise on draft day at No. 2 if he is available.' And that team was the Patriots."

Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield Headline Top Betting Odds to Win Offensive ROY
Saquon Barkley has been hailed as one of the best running back prospects in years and he is now the odds-on favorite to win the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award, per OddsShark. The No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL draft is expected to make an immediate impact with the Giants, considered +150 ($100 bet to win $150) to win the award as the top rookie in the class. Baker Mayfield has the second-highest odds at +275 after being the first overall pick by the Browns.

Win-Loss Predictions for Every NFL Team, Post-Draft
Aside from whoever winds up signing receiver Dez Bryant, running back C.J. Anderson or defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, most NFL teams already have their 2018 starting lineup in place. With the first few waves of free agency and the draft now over, it's safe to analyze how teams are projected to shake out on the field this coming season.

The fantasy fallout of each team's draft selections | Pro Football Focus
The NFL came to Dallas (but really Arlington), we saw the draft, and some of this year’s prospects are ready to conquer the fantasy football landscape. In total, 76 skill position players were selected over the three days of this year’s draft. That means a lot of depth chart movement, so let’s take stock of all 32 teams and how each of these players factors in.