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Bengals Bytes (6/20): Offensive line has to lead change offensively

The Bengals’ offensive line has to be the driving force behind an improved offense for next season.

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Revamped line must resuscitate offense for Bengals
Fix the offense. The Bengals promoted Bill Lazor from interim coordinator to fulltime offensive coordinator, hired a new wide receivers and quarterbacks coach, and went about trying to fix a broken offensive line. They traded for left tackle Cordy Glenn and re-signed tight end Tyler Eifert to a deal that was friendly for both sides. But considering how much the Bengals’ offense struggled last year, they have quite a battle ahead to fix things.

Bengals Madden ratings prove amount of untapped potential
The Cincinnati Bengals have left mandatory minicamp and wait till July 26 to begin training camp. With the NFL season just around the corner, so is the release of this year’s Madden game. EA Sports has released a video showing the ratings of each team and their top three players. The video states that the scores are not final, but they are a quick look at what fans should expect of their teams.

John Ross opens up about critics during his rookie season
John Ross has been incredibly candid with the media this offseason during and after Cincinnati Bengals OTAs. Ross didn’t shy away from proclaiming Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis wasn’t exactly the villain some made him out to be. He also talked about his time training with Bengals great T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

NFL Betting Odds: Hue Jackson, Adam Gase Top List of 1st Coach to Be Fired
Las Vegas apparently doesn’t believe in Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson or Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase. As OddsShark shared Tuesday, with the 2018 season approaching, the two coaches topped the opening list of odds for the first NFL head coach to be fired. Not far behind are Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, who is still looking for his first playoff win in Cincinnati, and Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph.

AFC North Bytes

Away from Pittsburgh Steelers, Le'Veon Bell turns to boxing, hometown
Le'Veon Bell paints himself a villain, but he's the protagonist in the football story of Groveport Madison High School outside Columbus, Ohio, where hundreds of coaches and athletes gathered on a soaked Friday night in June hoping to take Le'Veon Bell Field.

Ravens sign first-round pick Hayden Hurst
Baltimore signed first-round tight end Hayden Hurst today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Hurst is due a four-year, $11.1 million deal as the 25th overall pick in the draft. He’ll also have a fifth-year option, like every first-round pick.

Random Bytes

NFL Players Trying to Avoid the Bust Label in 2018
But the first word can certainly lead to the second. No NFL general manager wants to watch a first-round pick fall flat. And yet for all the players here, that's exactly what has happened. In their NFL careers, each has failed to stay healthy and/or failed to perform.

Tom Brady Hints at Retiring at 45 with 'Cuarenta y Cinco' Instagram Comment
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may have teased a time frame for his eventual retirement while posting a comment on Instagram. ESPN shared a statement Brady made to Oprah Winfrey about how he's contemplating wrapping his NFL career now more than he has in the past and thinks he's "seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later."

Report: NFL Among Invitees to Congressional Hearing on Sports Betting
Representatives from the NFL received an invitation from the House Judiciary Committee to testify at a congressional hearing on sports betting, ESPN's David Purdum reported Tuesday. According to Purdum, the hearing is scheduled for June 26, and it comes after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a nearly nationwide ban on sports betting.