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Bengals Bytes (6/11): Protection is cheap for Andy Dalton in 2018

The Bengals aren’t paying much for their offensive line compared to other NFL teams in 2018.

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Don’t count out Quinton Flowers as Bengals’ third QB in 2018
The talk surrounding the Cincinnati Bengals and notable undrafted free agent Quinton Flowers has centered on his transition to running back. But Flowers has a few things going for him when it comes to these Bengals and his possible future with the team

Can Jeff Driskel Be the Bengals' Backup Quarterback?
In his eight seasons at quarterback, the Bengals have never given Andy Dalton a legitimate competitor. Now that A.J. McCarron left for Buffalo, the talent gap between Dalton and the backups has never been greater. Whether or not the Bengals should have taken rookies Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph is a different question. However, the team needs to resolve the logjam behind Dalton at backup quarterback.

Bengals offensive line is relatively cheap in 2018
The Cincinnati Bengals knew that addressing the offensive line was their top priority going into the 2018 offseason. Following such a disastrous production in 2017, it was time to make some changes. The first was to let go of longtime offensive line coordinator Paul Alexander. Cincinnati followed by bringing in former Dallas Cowboys offensive line coordinator Frank Pollack.

Cincinnati Bengals Xtra: New helmets and a supplemental steal?
Astute fans perusing The Enquirer’s photo galleries from the Cincinnati Bengals' organized team activities noticed that quarterback Andy Dalton, among other players, were sporting new helmets during the workouts.

Hobson's Choice: Potpourri
I wish I could tell you rookie defensive tackle Andrew Brown is the next Geno, but if I did it would be fraud. The coaches have been impressed, but the little said the better before they get the pads on, particularly linemen. They also like the looks of right end Sam Hubbard, the third-rounder. Second-rounder Jessie Bates has been taking a lot of snaps at safety and so far the Bengals like that pick. He can race to the perimeter and has the range they want. But safeties play with pads. A couple of rookie free-agent safeties have turned some heads, such as Tyrice Beverette and Trayvon Henderson.

AFC North Bytes

Eisenberg: Lessons Learned From the Capitals’ Long-Awaited Championship Win
Baltimore is filled with sports fans devoted to their birds. If the Ravens are No. 1 among those who frequent this team’s website, app and digital channels, the Orioles surely are No. 2. There’s a ton of crossover. But there’s also crossover, more than I thought, between fans of the Ravens and fans of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, who raised that sport’s hallowed Stanley Cup for the first time Thursday night after a frustrating 44-year drought tracing to the franchise’s inception.

Jarvis Landry: Browns QBs ‘a lot better than what I had in Miami'
He might have caught 400 passes in four seasons in Miami, but new Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry isn’t too high on the quarterbacks who threw him all those passes. The veteran considers the Cleveland duo of Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield a major upgrade over his Dolphins QBs, namely Ryan Tannehill and Jay Cutler.

Random Bytes

An Early Look at Scouts' Top 10 Players in the 2019 NFL Draft
There might not be college football on your television every Saturday, but that doesn't mean NFL scouts aren't hitting the road to learn about the top players for the 2019 draft. They're building profiles, researching backgrounds and character and talking to college coaches about top players.

Packers TE Jimmy Graham embraces controversial stem cell treatment
This is a story in which elite-level sports meet the cutting edge of science, for better or worse. It’s neither an endorsement of anyone or anything, nor a cautionary tale. It’s simply a sign of the no-man’s land we’re in right now in the young science of biologics, and one NFL player’s decision to try an intriguing but unproven treatment to help extend his career.

1 Problem Every NFL Team's Top Young Player Must Improve
In the NFL, the summer is the time for self-improvement. For young players, summers can put them on track for success or derail their careers. OTA and minicamp practices will help them develop their skills and put them head-to-head with the teammates who they'll be competing against for playing time.