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Bengals Bytes (5/3): Andrew Brown wants to become dominant again

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Andrew Brown didn’t live up to the hype of being one of the best recruits in college, but he is ready to show people things will be different in the NFL.

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A.J. Green senses new 'vibe' from Bengals, retained coach Marvin Lewis
Three years after making a major dietary change, A.J. Green feels so strongly about the supplement he now uses (Rockin' Protein) that the star Bengals wide receiver has become a company spokesman. "Unlike other (products), this doesn't give you a real full feeling," Green told Sporting News during a telephone interview Tuesday. "It tastes great and sits well in my stomach."

Cincinnati Bengals draft pick Brown eager to return to dominance
Four years later, coming out of the University of Virginia, Brown saw 157 players drafted ahead of him before the Cincinnati Bengals selected the defensive tackle with their second of three picks in the fifth round. “Everybody was saying I was a bust, and I wasn’t doing anything in college,” Brown said. “There were all sorts of things, calling me soft. Just for me to get drafted, period, is a blessing.”

Stripe Hype mailbag: Post Bengals draft
The 2018 NFL Draft concluded on Saturday afternoon, and the Cincinnati Bengals now have their rookie class. After their 11 selections and 12 undrafted rookie free agent signings, we now have a better look at what the Bengals roster is going to look like this season. All of the debates on what the Bengals will or should do are now over, and we can discuss how they will do in 2018.

Peter King thinks the Bengals made a mistake in round one
During this offseason, there was plenty of debates to be had regarding the Cincinnati Bengals as they came off their second losing season in a row. Following the team retaining head coach Marvin Lewis, that became the most significant upset for fans. One of the most significant debates leading this offseason was whether or not the Bengals should draft Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Special teams sea change
The Bengals are bracing for major revisions in their special teams playbook as Darrin Simmons emerged from the NFL’s safety summit Wednesday pleased with how the league responded to the coaches’ proposal to make the kickoff safer with massive changes. Things are moving faster than Clayton Fejedelem, the Bengals’ special teams Pro Bowl alternate last season with 15 tackles. The owners could approve the new kickoff at their meeting later this month.

New Turf Being Installed at Paul Brown Stadium
The Bengals have selected The Motz Group, headquartered in Cincinnati, along with turf manufacturing partner Shaw Sports Turf to install the top-of-the-line synthetic turf system. "We looked across the industry and were happy to find the best company to install the Bengals' new field right here in our own backyard," said Bob Bedinghaus, Bengals Director of Business Development. "The Motz Group is a proven synthetic turf provider and we look forward to working with them on this project."

AFC North Bytes

We Must Be Patient with No. 1 Draft Pick Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns
Hope springs eternal—or so the old saying goes. It's different in Cleveland. On the shores of Lake Erie, hope springs for about four minutes until it's drowned in a sea of misery and despair. The hapless Browns are coming off the worst two-year stretch of the expansion era, a 1-31 nightmare the team can't seem to wake up from.

Ryan Shazier Put on Reserve/PUP List; Won't Count Against Steelers 90-Man Roster | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
As Ryan Shazier continues to rehab from his spinal injury suffered last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers are working on structuring their roster without the linebacker. The team announced on Wednesday that it placed Shazier on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List, meaning he will not count against the 90-man roster.

Random Bytes

Eric Reid Files Collusion Grievance, Hires Colin Kaepernick's Attorney
Former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a collusion grievance against the National Football League. On Wednesday, Dan Graziano of ESPN reported Reid hired Mark Geragos, an attorney who is also representing former Niners teammate Colin Kaepernick in an NFL collusion case, to handle the grievance.

Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Raiders Are All Gruden, But Is That Good?
In just a few short months, Jon Gruden has joined Bill Belichick as one of the NFL's most powerful head coaches. Since joining the Raiders in January, Gruden has quietly consolidated power to the point where he's effectively the head coach, general manager, CEO and just about everything else. No other coach in the NFL has this kind of power outside of Belichick.

Redskins Cheerleaders Detail '13 Trip to Costa Rica Involving Topless Photo Shoot
Several former Washington Redskins cheerleaders felt a 2013 trip to Costa Rica crossed the line beyond their usual responsibilities. According to Juliet Macur of the New York Times, the women were required to be topless as part of a calendar shoot while male sponsors and FedEx Field suite holders were allowed to watch.