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Bengals Bytes (6/19): Marvin Lewis is impressed with how far along Sam Hubbard is

Sam Hubbard was brought in via a third round pick, and Marvin Lewis is already singing the praises of his newest pass rusher.

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Former Bengals star invests $25M in Cincinnati apartments | WKRC
CINCINNATI (Cincinnati Business Courier) - One of the Cincinnati Bengals' all-time leading scorers intends to invest more than $25 million in a multifamily housing portfolio project across Greater Cincinnati. Blue Tide Partners, a Covington-based real estate investment firm founded by Tom Miller and Doug Pelfrey, a Bengals placekicker from 1993 to 1999, recently received a $25 million bridge loan from Columbia Pacific Advisors LLC, a Seattle-based investment services company.

Price cleared but continues to grind
The surprise isn’t that rookie center Billy Price’s New York doctor cleared him for all football activities on Monday. The surprise is that he did so much work on the field during the last month before he did get cleared. As he rehabbed from early March surgery to repair a partially torn pectoral muscle, Price did everything in the May on-field voluntary drills but 11-on-11 full-blown team snaps.

Mixon Holds Second Annual Football Camp
Joe Mixon held his second annual football camp this weekend at Freedom High School in Oakley, California. “I remember going to football camps growing up and the influence guys like Marshawn Lynch had on me,” Mixon said. “I was in their shoes and know the feeling. Hopefully these kids learned something that they will take with them and continue to grow.”

Cincinnati Bengals top pick Billy Price fully cleared from injury
The rookie center has been limited in offseason practices because of the injury after being selected 21st overall in this year's draft. Price's doctor had informed teams before the draft that it was expected he would be ready for training camp. He is expected to start at center this season on the Bengals' revamped offensive line that also will include new starting left tackle Cordy Glenn, acquired in an offseason trade with the Buffalo Bills.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says Sam Hubbard is 'way ahead of the curve' this spring
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis knew Sam Hubbard was a high-motor player who could grasp NFL schemes quickly. So it's no surprise how well the Bengals rookie defensive end has learned team fundamentals this spring, from rookie minicamp and Organized Team Activities (OTAs) in May to mandatory minicamp this month.

Five Bengals crack ESPN's Top 200 PPR list
The Cincinnati Bengals have finished up offseason activities, and while we wait for them to start training camp to begin the season, we think about fantasy football. Of course, if you’re like me, you like to wait till the end of the preseason to draft your leagues to get a feel for the changes over the offseason. That doesn’t mean it’s too early to begin mock drafts or checking lists of where players are projected to rank this season.

The good, bad and ugly from Bengals OTAs
The Cincinnati Bengals emerge from OTAs big winners in the sense a new-look coaching staff underneath Marvin Lewis has fans thinking positive thoughts. Easier said than done after a pair of down seasons and bringing back Lewis for a 16th year. Here’s a bit of the good creating the positive vibes, as well as the bad and the ugly from OTAs.

AFC North Bytes

Browns brought clarity to QB position in offseason
The Browns had two clear goals: Develop some clarity at the quarterback position and bolster the roster with more experienced players. They had to find someone who could bring stability to the position at which they have started 28 players since 1999, and they did that when they gave up a third-round pick for Tyrod Taylor. Taylor immediately becomes the starter. How long he holds the job is up to him. To bolster the roster, the team added 14 players via free agency or trade. All bring some level of experience and talent to a team that didn’t win a game in 2016.

Orlando Brown driven to uphold father's legacy with Ravens
When it comes to Father’s Day, Orlando Brown Jr. doesn’t do anything special since his dad died seven years ago. Brown will call his mother as well as his brothers and sisters. “I just take time and remember,” Brown said.

Random Bytes

Julio Jones Rumors: Terrell Owens Workouts Worry Team, Relationship in Bad Place
The relationship between Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons is reportedly not in a good place heading into training camp next month. Appearing on ESPN 730AM The Game, Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter was asked how things stand between Jones and the Falcons during their most recent contract talks.

In a Soft Safety Market, Earl Thomas Doesn't Have Much Leverage in Holdout
Since he was selected 14th overall in the 2010 draft out of Texas, Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas has been one of the NFL's defensive standard-bearers. Thomas replaced Ed Reed as the game's best deep safety, and in an era when three-receiver sets and speedy slot receivers are the norm, having a player of Thomas' quality at his position is more important than ever.

An Early Peek at Hottest Future NFL Head Coaching Candidates
Soon enough, the pressure will start to build on coaches. Whether it's Hue Jackson in Cleveland, Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati or maybe even John Harbaugh in Baltimore, plenty of coaches are in the crosshairs in 2018.