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Bengals Bytes (5/9): How improved is Cincinnati’s offensive line?

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The Bengals have one of the most improved offensive lines entering 2018, which isn’t saying a lot considering what they had last season.

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Which Bengals Rookie WRs Will Make the Roster?
The Cincinnati Bengals added four new rookie wide receivers recently via the draft and rookie free agency. While wide receiver was apparently not a priority for the team, they still brought in some camp competition. The Bengals selected Florida St. wide receiver Auden Tate in the seventh-round. They also signed Alabama WR Cam Sims, Temple WR Adonis Jennings, and UNLV wide receiver Devonte Boyd in the undrafted free agency. There’s no chance that the Bengals will keep all four of these rookies, but at least one should make the 53 man cut.

Frank Pollack using practice equipment some players have yet to see
They weren’t exaggerating when they suggested Frank Pollack would bring sweeping changes to the Cincinnati Bengals. Pollack is the first new line coach in 20-plus years for the Bengals, taking over for Paul Alexander and bringing some new ideas and schematics to the team.

Bengals’ Billy Price projected as top-25 rookie in 2018
The experts seem to really like Billy Price’s chance at having a major impact as a rookie for the Cincinnati Bengals. Price, the team’s first-round pick in 2018, has a huge weight on his shoulders. He’s expected to come in and adequately improve upon a slew of mediocre years put forth by Russell Bodine while getting an offense brimming with talent back on track.

Bengals Acquire WR Ka'Raun White
The Bengals today acquired WR Ka’Raun White on waivers from the Seattle Seahawks. White (6-1, 199), a rookie out of West Virginia University, signed with Seattle as a college free agent on Friday (May 8). The Seahawks waived him yesterday.

No footnotes in rookie minicamp
The Bengals’ rookie week-end minicamp that begins Friday is headlined by Ohio State alums Billy Price, Sam Hubbard and Chris Worley and spiced by the first public appearance in Cincinnati of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin’s multiple looks and offensive line coach Frank Pollack’s busy, up-tempo practice sessions. But don’t forget about some guys who are not to be sluffed off as footnotes. They impressed as rookies last year but are eligible for the weekend and the Bengals figure they should be among the guys that stand out during the three-day camp featuring about 50 players culled from the draft, rookie free agency, first-year eligibles, and tryouts.

Most improved OL units entering 2018
Only 2 teams since 2009 have invested more draft picks than the Bengals 16 selections to the OL (Patriots & Colts), yet Cincinnati is coming off a season of subpar OL play after being a team that so heavily relied on the big fellas up front when Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler were still around.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens entering prime buying-time and have feasted here before
The Baltimore Ravens are sitting just about where they want to be. They made over the wide receiver depth chart in free agency. They bolstered the rest of the offense in the draft and even added in some developmental talent on defense. But as is always the case, every team can get a little bit better still before the start of the season. Following the draft is the bargain-bin diving time and the Ravens excel there.

Devin McCourty: Brother Jason Gives Patriots Perspective After Time with Browns
The New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns are on opposite sides of the NFL spectrum, considering the prior has been to three of the last four Super Bowls and the latter is coming off a 0-16 season, but Cleveland's recent struggles have helped New England keep things in perspective.

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Andrew Luck Reads Tweets from Parody Account of Colts QB on Men in Blazers Show
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Victor Cruz Says He'd Want to Play for Giants If He Made Return to NFL
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Mark Ingram Suspended 4 Games for PED Policy Violation
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