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Bengals Bytes (5/8): Cincinnati is looking for more quick strikes on offense

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The Bengals offense is undergoing a major overhaul with Bill Lazor implementing a whole new system. One big change looks to be the need for more big plays.

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Bengals might have UDFA to know with Ja’Von Rolland-Jones
The Cincinnati Bengals made 11 picks in the 2018 NFL draft, yet it’s a small school edge rusher by the name of Ja’Von Rolland-Jones who might make some waves over the summer. Rolland-Jones joins the Bengals through undrafted free agency, bringing high production as a pass rusher and some interesting upside with him.

Patriots talked to Bengals about third-round trade
The Patriots drafted Duke Dawson with the 56th overall pick. They didn’t select again until choice No. 143. New England, though, tried to trade into the third round.

Early Bengals 53-man roster and depth chart projections for 2018
We’re a long way from seeing the brutal summer dramatically alter the Cincinnati Bengals’ final roster going into the 2018 season. That doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to project how things might shake out. Let’s do so below, trying to figure out how the Bengals might shift through a talented roster with 11 new draft picks and a handful of noteworthy undrafted names to get in line with league requirements.

Patriots called Bengals about pick that became Malik Jefferson in 2018 NFL draft
The Cincinnati Bengals took a call from New England Patriots coach and personnel chief Bill Belichick during the third round of the 2018 NFL draft. Director of player personnel Duke Tobin turned down Belichick and turned the card in, selecting linebacker Malik Jefferson out of Texas

Bengals could be replicating Eagles rotation
The Philadelphia Eagles proved the value of having great depth along the defensive line and having the ability to rotate their players out keeping everyone fresh. This method helped them win the Super Bowl defeating the New England Patriots last year. Are the Cincinnati Bengals one of the teams looking to replicate that success and depth on the defensive line in 2018?

Davontae Harris speaks to his old middle school - KSNW
WICHITA, Kan. - It's safe to say that after being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend, things are going pretty well for former Wichita South standout Davontae Harris. The former Wichita South star spoke at Jardine STEM and Career Explorations Academy.

May grind for O-line
The Bengals began their second week on the field Monday without helmets in something the NFL calls “Phase 2,” of the voluntary off-season workouts. But the offensive linemen don’t need their headgear to know new coach Frank Pollack is changing the way they think. Not to mention move with a bevy of new techniques.

Slants and screens: Fejedelem sounds off for kickoffs; Passing game seeks quick strikes
Clayton Fejedelem, who led the Bengals special teams in tackles last season, hopes he gets to keep making them on the kickoffs. He says he’ll have to play under the potential new rules to judge how they’ll impact the play. But one thing is for sure. On Monday he said he wants to keep the kickoff in football.

Cincinnati Bengals' depth chart: Eight draft picks make early 53-man roster
With free agency and the draft completed, and OTAs and minicamps scheduled for the next month and a half, here’s a closer look at the projected depth chart for the Cincinnati Bengals. These are subject to change based on performances in OTAs and training camp. With 11 draft picks and the possibility of an undrafted free agent or two cracking the roster, this will be a work in progress throughout the summer (Starters in bold.)

NFLPA files grievance over Eric Reid, who visited Bengals
The National Football League Players Association has officially filed a grievance over the treatment of former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid, who is still seeking employment following his protests during the National Anthem earlier in his career.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens sign two, cut two on Monday
Grant caught 99 passes while at Rutgers, but his best chance of making it with Baltimore may come in the return game. Grant returned five kickoffs and three punts for touchdowns during his college years and left Rutgers as the school’s all-time leader in kickoff return yards.

Todd Haley quickly taking over Browns offense
Hue Jackson landed the Browns head coaching job because of his prowess and experience as an offensive coordinator. Yet his first two seasons produced pathetic results. Enter Todd Haley.

Mason Rudolph of Pittsburgh Steelers shrugs off 'help now' Ben Roethlisberger remark
Steelers draft pick Mason Rudolph said he understands where Ben Roethlisberger's comments came from after the future Hall of Famer downplayed the former Oklahoma State quarterback's addition to Pittsburgh.

Random Bytes

Twitter Roasts Tom Brady's Suit at the 2018 Met Gala
Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, stood out in their appearance on the Met Gala red carpet Monday. The Hollywood Reporter captured the couple, with the E! crew assessing the look

Tony Romo Calls Jason Witten 'Best Player I Ever Played With' in Emotional Letter
"Not only was Jason the most talented, humble and hardest working individual on the football team, but he was also one of the most genuine, good-hearted you could ever meet," Romo wrote. Witten joined the Cowboys in 2003, one year before Romo arrived in 2004. The latter became the starting quarterback in 2006 until injuries caused him to retire in 2017. The two spent 13 years on the same team, and Romo believes his friend became a role model for future generations.

C.J. Anderson, Panthers Agree on Contract After Release from Broncos
Anderson was released in April with two years remaining on his contract and $4.5 million owed this year, as Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic noted. "It's a daily loyalty business," the running back said after his release, per Mike Klis of 9News. "For five years the Broncos treated me with nothing but utmost respect and were super loyal to me. That daily loyalty has finally ran out. I'm excited for the next chapter in my career, where that may be."