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Bengals Bytes (6/25): T. J. Houshmandzadeh revisits 2015 Wild Card loss

T. J. Houshmandzadeh talks about the 2015 playoff loss with Dave Dameshek.

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Bengals Xtra: Star WR A.J. Green won’t be asking for new money in '18
When it comes to getting paid in the National Football League, many times it’s about “who’s next” as opposed to “who’s best” regarding the highest paid players per position. Every year a new player signs a new deal and it pushes the newest contract to the top of the list of the average annual value. Just look at the offseason of 2015, regarding the wide receiver position

Using Elite NFL Offenses to Show the Bengals' Red Zone Failures
The Bengals’ red zone offense dipped last year, but it should rebound in 2018. The team’s offense, as we’ve noted, was excruciatingly bad last year. The Bengals finished 32nd in the NFL in yards, 31st in rushing yards, and 26th in total points. Besides AJ Green and maybe Giovani Bernard, no player on the offense was a positive.

2018 NFL Supplemental Draft options for Cincinnati Bengals
Set for July 11, the Bengals could decide to take a supplemental player for the second time in franchise history (the first was Ahmad Brooks in 2006) after adding 11 draft prospects in the main draft and having what could be as many as five sixth-round picks in 2019. The Bengals have their own, Dallas’ from a trade and three sixth-round compensatory picks coming.

NFL: Easiest Schedules In AFC: Cincinnati Bengals
On CBS Sports HQ, John Breech joins Casey Keirnan to break down the Bengals' 2018-19 schedule.

Watch T. J. Houshmandzadeh revisit Bengals’ disastrous 2015 playoff loss
The Cincinnati Bengals last reached the postseason in 2015, where as fans surely know, things went south in the final moments. It’s a contentious topic to this day, as Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones were involved in some late-game drama and Pittsburgh Steelers coaches got away with a few interesting actions.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens look to improve pass-rush with youth in 2018
The defense had 41 sacks a year ago, but other than play from Terrell Suggs and Matthew Judon, not much of it came from the outside. Suggs and Judon combined for 19 of those 41 sacks last season. In 2018, Baltimore will look to get more production from outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith, Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams. Smith and Bowser combined for just 6.5 sacks last year. Williams was a non-factor all season, recording zero sacks, which was a big disappointment considering the expectations from his collegiate career at Alabama.

Nick Chubb can keep up pattern for Browns 2nd round RBs
Chubb’s four predecessors have been a mixed bag, and there’s a pattern emerging. The first and third players proved well worth the second-round pick, while the second and fourth barely made a dent in the NFL.

Random Bytes

Julian Edelman's appeal hearing scheduled for Monday
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman's appeal hearing for his performance-enhancing substances suspension is scheduled for Monday, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. ESPN, which first reported Edelman's hearing date, says the 32-year-old has obtained outside counsel to assist him in his appeal.

Early Predictions for Most Surprising NFL Veteran Cuts of Training Camp
There is a man who prowls the fields of training camp and the halls of NFL facilities who is feared above all others. Whose very name is spoken only in hushed whispers. He is "the Turk"—the person charged with telling players it's time to turn in their playbooks and hit the bricks.

Ranking QB Expectations for NFL's Rookie Class
The 2018 quarterback class will be the most scrutinized in NFL history. Five quarterbacks were drafted in the opening frame for the first time this century. Each possesses obvious ability, but as always, their games were picked apart throughout the predraft process, and those negatives won't be soon forgotten.