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Bengals Bytes (5/22): Bill Lazor is setting the right mindset

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Bill Lazor is changing the offense up for the first time in a long time, and he is also making sure players don’t settle next year.

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1 on 1: Billy Price signs contract
Bengals.com speaks with first round draft pick Billy Price after signing his rookie contract with the Bengals.

Bengals’ Jordan Willis building momentum toward starting at DE
With new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin running things, Jordan Willis might have himself a starting job with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018. Willis, a third-round pick by the Bengals in 2017, saw inconsistent usage as a rookie while he adapted to the pros and otherwise found himself buried on a deep depth chart.

Bill Lazor: ‘Pretty good isn’t good enough’ for Bengals in 2018
The Cincinnati Bengals keep preaching change this offseason, a rallying cry most recently trumpeted by offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Lazor took over two weeks into last season, replacing the fired Ken Zampese and needing to right a ship with an offense he hadn’t installed. Eventual progress despite a struggling offensive line resulted in Marvin Lewis and the Bengals reward him with the position full time in 2018.

Why Bengals fans should trust Teryl Austin in 2018
Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther left to join the Oakland Raiders this offseason joining the team under head coach John Gruden. Cincinnati was quick to find a replacement with former Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin in January. Austin will bring a much-needed change to the Bengals defense, and I think that fans should embrace the transition.

OTA's start today for the Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals begin their OTA’s today with the attendance of most of the 90 man roster. Players will participate in on-field drills for the first time this offseason going against each other. While the team will be competing against one another, there are still limitations on what they can do.

Bengals Sign First-Round Draft Pick Billy Price
Price (6-4, 305) was a four-year starter at Ohio State and left Columbus as one of the most decorated offensive linemen in program history. He was a two-time team captain, two-time All-American (including a unanimous choice in 2017), the ’17 Big Ten Rimington-Pace winner as the conference’s top offensive lineman, the ’17 Rimington Trophy winner as college football’s top center, and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten performer. He started at guard for three seasons (2014-16) before moving to center as a senior (’17), and he finished his career with school records for both total and consecutive starts (55). Price blocked for two Big Ten championship teams (2014 and ’17) and one national championship (’14), and OSU’s offenses ranked in the top 20 nationally in rushing all four of his seasons.

Price's roller coaster takes another turn
This is the deal behind the deal. David Cole, born on the first day of 1943 and gone before Billy Price played in a New Year’s Week bowl for Ohio State, still loomed on Monday’s scene. His grandson signs an NFL contract before lunch and among the matters scrolling through his mind (lunch, finding a house, a 1:30 rookies meeting, offensive line coach Frank Pollack’s assignments) his grandfather is on the list.

AFC North Bytes

Tyrod Taylor: Baker Mayfield’s presence won’t change the way I work
The Browns have insisted since the draft that Tyrod Taylor is their starting quarterback and head coach Hue Jackson did so again on Monday during a pre-OTA golf outing. Regardless of how often the Browns make that statement, the presence of first overall pick Baker Mayfield means that people are wondering when a quarterback change is coming to Cleveland. That might bother some quarterbacks, but Taylor pointed to his own draft experience as a reminder that he’s been overlooked before and that his approach shouldn’t change because of who else is on the roster.

Report: Le'Veon Bell to Skip Steelers OTAs After Getting Franchise Tagged Again
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell won't attend the team's organized team activities, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Monday. The Steelers' OTAs are set to begin Tuesday and run through Thursday before resuming next week. Bell's absence won't come as a surprise, with the three-time Pro Bowler looking to sign a long-term extension. Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on him for the second year in a row in March.

Random Bytes

Rams' Marcus Peters on Aaron Donald's OTA Absence: Pay the Man
Aaron Donald is a holdout for organized team activities while he waits for a new contract from the Los Angeles Rams, but at least one teammate is on the player's side. "Hey, man, pay the man," cornerback Marcus Peters said Monday, per Greg Beachem of the Associated Press. "I mean, sheeeit. You win the MVP? Come on now."

OTA MVPs: Players Who Shined the Most in Early Workouts
A new sense of hope buds after the previous season's performance. Every organization adds pieces to replenish their rosters as coaches and front office personnel express excitement about all of the new possibilities. Everything changes once the harsh reality of fall camp and the regular season creates obstacles to success. Right now, though, the picture is pristine and perfect. Everything will work out in a team's favor, or so it believes.

Report: Matt Patricia, Lions Won't Be Disciplined for Sexual Assault Allegations
After meeting with Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions last week, the NFL decided it will not discipline either party following the surfacing of allegations made against the coach 22 years ago, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Robert Snell of the Detroit News reported Patricia and another man were arrested, charged and indicted for sexual assault in 1996, but the case never went to trial.