Bengals giving Cedric Ogbuehi a ‘clean slate’ to start OTAs
True to his word, new Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Frank Pollack is giving Cedric Ogbuehi a chance to redeem himself in 2018. The Bengals hit the field for OTAs this week and Ogbuehi got a chance at both offensive tackle spots — with plans for him to compete at right guard as well.
Cincinnati Bengals defense scooping up every ball in practice
Early in the first Cincinnati Bengals OTA practice Tuesday, cornerback KeiVarae Russell broke up a Matt Barkley pass intended for rookie wide receiver Ka’Raun White to set off a wild sequence where multiple players batted the ball back in the air four or five times. Eventually linebacker Brandon Bell squeezed it for an interception, prompting new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who was standing in the middle of the field just a few feet from the action, to throw both fists in the air while letting loose with an emphatic “Yes.”
Cincinnati Bengals' Frank Pollack debuts new-look offensive line
The new era of offensive line play for the Bengals officially kicked off Tuesday. For the first time new coach Frank Pollack sent his group on the field in a real practice with the beginning of OTAs. This marked the official launch of Pollack’s overhauled scheme as he takes the place of former longtime offensive line coach Paul Alexander, who swapped spots and is now in Pollack’s old position with the Cowboys.
It's time for Tyler Boyd to shine for Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted wide receiver Tyler Boyd in the second-round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Boyd had a tremendous rookie season in Cincinnati hauling in 54 passes for 603 yards and a touchdown. With star wide receiver A.J. Green hurt, Boyd was given more opportunities in the offense and took full advantage of it.
Heads up; Bengals eye NFL edicts
While the Bengals continued to implement their off-season changes during this week’s voluntary practices, the NFL owners were giving the teams some significant involuntary changes to the playbook with the passage of two major items this week in Atlanta. As they gathered for the first of three weeks of voluntary practices leading into next month’s mandatory minicamp, the Bengals were unclear of the impact of one rule change and one point of emphasis.
AFC North Bytes
Antonio Brown Gives Le'Veon Bell Advice Amid Steelers OTA Holdout: 'Show Up'
As Le'Veon Bell continues to seek a long-term contract from the Pittsburgh Steelers, someone who has been through a similar experience is offering advice. Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown was asked about his teammate's situation during organized team activities Wednesday, and he made it clear he would like to see the star running back on the field sooner rather than later, via Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Baker Mayfield suffers some hard knocks in first open Browns OTA
With the Hard Knocks cameras capturing his every move, No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield had a rocky first organized team activities practice open to the media. Mayfield, third on the depth chart behind Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton, threw three interceptions in the 105-minute practice, and had another two passes that were almost picked off. But two of the three picks went off receivers' hands and weren't really Mayfield's fault.
Reuben Foster Cleared of Domestic Violence Charges Due to Insufficient Evidence
A California judge ruled prosecutors have insufficient evidence to continue pursuing domestic violence charges against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported Wednesday. According to Maiocco, a charge of possession of an assault weapon against Foster has been lowered to a misdemeanor.
NFL Passes Rule Fining Teams If They Do Not 'Show Respect' for Flag, Anthem
The NFL passed a rule Wednesday that will fine teams for perceived disrespect of the American flag or national anthem. The league revealed the policy in a statement outlining the change:
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots Reportedly Nearing New Contract
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has not shown up to organized team activities while he seeks a new deal, but it appears as though he may soon get his wish. According to The Athletic's Jeff Howe, Gronkowski and the Patriots "have made strides toward a new contract" that would go into effect for the 2018 season. Howe notes it's not clear if the new contract would come in the form of strictly a raise or an extension.