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Which Bengals players are in line for a break out season in 2018?

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Carlos Dunlap missing Bengals OTA's is overreaction
The Cincinnati Bengals are hosting their second week of voluntary OTA workouts this week. The key word in that sentence is voluntary. While teams would like to have all their players in attendance, it’s not uncommon for top names to not join in voluntary workouts around the league. The media, on the other hand, wants to make headlines out of players not being there as big news and something that fans should worry about.

Bengals OTA's: Jessie Bates reps with starters
The Cincinnati Bengals began their second week of OTA workouts on Tuesday. With safety Shawn Williams still rehabbing last seasons injury, he has not been contributing much at OTA’s but instead running sprints between plays. Second-round pick safety Jessie Bates has been getting first-team reps at the safety position next to safety George Iloka.

Stripe Hype Podcast: Bengals OTA's and defense
The Cincinnati Bengals are hosting their second week of OTA workouts this week as the team begins work on the new season. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap continues to hold out in search for a new contract entering the final season of his current one. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was not in attendance on Tuesday due to a funeral he went to in Alabama but is back with the team.

Stripe Hype mailbag: Bengals breakout players
In case you have been living under a rock lately, the Cincinnati Bengals are in their second week of voluntary OTA workouts this week. Unlike most teams that allow the media to put out everything they see at these workouts, the Bengals organization has put some real restrictions on the media. It’s hard to get a real idea of what is happening and which players are doing what. There has been enough that has come out that will get fans excited, however.

'18 OTAs: Part 3 Gallery
The Bengals continue their off season work OTAs.

Dalton Foundation’s Inaugural ‘Night to Pass it On’ Set for Friday
Andy Dalton and his wife, JJ, will host their inaugural ‘Night to Pass It On’ event on Friday at Music Hall to benefit the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation. The new event will include a cocktail hour, dinner, silent and live auctions and awards program to recognize families who have received Pass It On Fund grants. Three families will be awarded the Courage Award, Inspiration Award and Spirit Award.

Receivers get out of the blocks
As the great A.J. Green says, the voluntary practices don’t give a receiver much to hang a hat on. There’s a helmet, but that’s about all. There’s no contact. There’s no press coverage. “It’s more like seven-on-seven out there,” Green said this week. “The OTAs are mainly for the skill players getting their timing down.”

AFC North Bytes

A full spring could make a huge difference for Josh Gordon and the Browns offense
If the Browns' offense has a little extra spring in its step, it is, in part, because Josh Gordon is spending the spring with his team. It's not that we all forget that Gordon has missed so many offseason programs due to various suspensions, it's just that Gordon makes it look too easy sometimes when he returns from his extended absences.

PFF: Joe Flacco is fourth-most accurate quarterback by separation
Just a disclaimer for everyone: Joe Flacco had a pitiful season last year. That’s just not to mince words. Flacco completed 64.1% of his passes, throwing for 3,141 yards (second-lowest of his career), throwing just 18 touchdowns (second-lowest) and 13 interceptions (third-highest). Despite these poor numbers, Flacco did succeed in one metric.

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Eagles, Philadelphia Police Sued by Fan Who Allegedly Punched Police Horse
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101 Days Before Kickoff, Here Are 101 Reasons to Get Excited About the NFL
Where has the time gone? It feels like only yesterday that the Eagles were smudging up the Lombardi Trophy with their fingerprints. Now, there are just 101 days left until the first Sunday of the NFL season.