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Bengals Bytes (6/13): Young receivers extending the field

John Ross and Josh Malone made a couple big plays during the Bengals first day of mandatory minicamp.

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Bengals 53-man roster predictions: Defensive Line
The Cincinnati Bengals have a strong group along the defensive line, a group that has been the backbone of the team for many years. With stars line defensive tackle Geno Atkins and defensive end Carlos Dunlap, it’s hard not to have success. Linebacker Carl Lawson was a primary focus last season as an edge rusher in his limited snaps but is on the roster as a linebacker so will not be part of this group.

Can Jessie Bates be a major impact for Bengals defense
Following the signing of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, the Cincinnati Bengals have made it known this offseason they wanted more help at the safety position. After reportedly making a strong push for safety Kurt Coleman, the team also brought in former San Fransisco 49ers safety Eric Reid for a visit just before the 2018 NFL Draft. Instead, the organization decided to draft Wake Forest safety Jessie Bates in the second-round.

Coming Soon: Bengals Introduce Jungle Pass
Fans interested in attending every Bengals home game this season have a new option. The $200 mobile-only Jungle Pass includes tickets to 10 Bengals games, eight in the regular season and two in the preseason. Jungle Pass will go on-sale this Thursday at 10 a.m. Fans can purchase up to two tickets together. The mobile-only tickets, which are non-transferable and must be used by the purchaser, will be delivered through the Bengals app a few hours before kickoff of each home game.

Bengals rookie QB charged with DUI
Police arrested Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Logan Woodside on a DUI charge in Bellevue Saturday, WCPO news partner the Journal-News reported.The arrest report states an officer pulled over Woodside for going 10 miles per hour above the speed limit, and then determined Woodside was under the influence, the Journal-News reported.

Cincinnati Bengals Carlos Dunlap talks about contract negotiation
While his teammates were voluntarily sweating it out during OTA practices and his agent was trying to negotiate a new contract, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap spent the last few weeks surfing the black-sand beaches of Costa Rica, riding four-wheelers in the rain forest, buying a house in Miami, taking the speed train to Milan and touring Army and Air Force bases in Italy and Germany as part of the NFL-USO tour.

Carlos Dunlap participates in Cincinnati Bengals minicamp after skipping OTAs
Carlos Dunlap walked into the Cincinnati Bengals locker room and noticed a group of videographers and reporters waiting by his locker in a far corner of the room. "Y'all looking for me?" he said.

Quick hits: Eifert not back Tuesday; Dalton finds Ross, Malone deep
The Bengals continue to play it conservatively this spring with Tyler Eifert’s surgically-repaired back, although head coach Marvin Lewis was surprised his starting tight end wasn’t on the field for Tuesday’s first practice of mandatory minicamp. “He was here all morning and then all of a sudden he wasn’t,” Lewis said after practice. “I’m sure he’s being dealt with in some kind of medical fashion. That’s the only reason a guy wouldn’t be here.”

Record sack race underway
Carl Lawson is one of the many guys happy to see voluble and valued veteran left end Carlo Dunlap surface for this week’s mandatory minicamp. Lawson, who usually sets up at right end on passing downs, nearly broke Dunlap’s rookie sack record last season and he likes the competition. And on Tuesday he offered a challenge to a guy he calls “like an older brother to me.”

AFC North Bytes

Tim Benz: When it comes to 'pressure,' Antonio Brown has no one to blame but himself
Now I know what it's like to be a defensive back trying to guard Antonio Brown in the end zone when he scores one of those one-handed, toe-tapping touchdowns.

Ravens experimenting with Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson in same formation
There were suggestions before the draft that some teams might want Lamar Jackson to play a position other than quarterback at the professional level, but there were no indications from the Ravens that they’d be moving him after they took him at the end of the first round.

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Each NFL Team's Most Promising Building Block Entering 2018
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Greg Hardy Signed by UFC After Knockout Win over Austen Lane
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