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Bengals Bytes (6/26): Competition at right guard is heating up

The Bengals have a nice mix of players competing at right guard and it has been hard to count any of them out just yet.

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Careers numbered
Kevin Huber, on schedule this season to become the Bengals all-time leader in punts and yards, leads a variety of teammates climbing up the ladder of the team’s career marks. Here’s a midsummer numbers game.

Marvin Lewis won't be first NFL coach fired, predicts PFT
Here's an encouraging prediction for Cincinnati Bengals fans: The team won't be as bad as many expect, one of two reasons Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio writes that bettors should avoid betting on Marvin Lewis as the first NFL head coach to be fired despite the fact that OddsShark only has two coaches - the Cleveland Browns' Hue Jackson and the Miami Dolphins' Adam Gase - with more favorable odds than Lewis to be first.

Junior Joseph mentioned as Bengals UDFA to know
Junior Joseph might be a guy to know for the Cincinnati Bengals this summer. The Bengals landed the Connecticut linebacker in undrafted free agency after the 2018 NFL draft despite his getting interest from teams like the New England Patriots.

The Bengals Have an Open Competition for Returner
Now that the Cincinnati Bengals have cut Adam Jones, the team must find a special teams playmaker. For years, Jones was to go-to kick and punt returner whenever the Bengals needed something to happen. Even when Brandon Tate was still in Cincinnati, Jones would take select kicks and punts to try to score quickly. Unfortunately, since Jones’ age has sapped away his open field elusiveness, the Bengals have to find his replacement this year.

Bengals have interesting RG battle between Alex Redmond and Christian Westerman
The Cincinnati Bengals tried and failed to make it work at right guard last year after Kevin Zeitler left. It was mostly a failure, though it gets overshadowed by the huge mistake at left tackle, one now corrected by a blockbuster trade for Cordy Glenn.

Jake Fisher working way back from shoulder issue before Bengals camp
Cincinnati Bengals right tackle Jake Fisher has had a rough go of it over the course of the last year or so. Fisher got shut down in the middle of last season and underwent an offseason heart procedure. He’s been cleared, but had a shoulder issue pop up during OTAs.

AFC North Bytes

JuJu Smith-Schuster Signs 6-Figure Endorsement Deal with Esports Brand HyperX
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has agreed to a six-figure endorsement deal with HyperX, "the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc, which focuses on developing gaming products for gamers such as headsets, keyboards, mice and USB flash drives," according to Darren Heitner of

Ravens at Mississippi State to scout safety Brandon Bryant for supplemental draft
The Baltimore Ravens are always looking to add depth in their secondary, no matter how good it looks right now. Could Baltimore add another playmaker? It’s certainly possible, if the price is right. The Ravens were among 14 teams in attendance Monday at Mississippi State, scouting safety Brandon Bryant. Bryant went through his pro day in preparation for the 2018 NFL supplemental draft, held on July 11.

Random Bytes

Patriots' Tom Brady Voted No. 1 on NFL's Top 100 List for 2nd Year in a Row
For the second year in a row, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been voted the No. 1 player in the NFL by his peers. The NFL's Top 100 list wrapped up on Monday night, and it should come as little surprise that the reigning MVP grabbed the top spot (even if he is 40 years old)

Cowboys News: Dak Prescott Switches Agent to Todd France from Jeff Guerriero
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is hiring agent Todd France of Creative Artists Agency, the Star-Telegram's Clarence E. Hill Jr. reported Monday. According to Hill, Prescott had been represented by Jeff Guerriero of ProSource Sports. Guerriero had worked with Prescott since he left Mississippi State and entered the NFL.

NFL Veterans Who Will Be Hearing Footsteps in Training Camps
"You got everything to lose. This guy has got nothing to lose," Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa tells Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Johnson in the Creed II trailer. Everyone is replaceable, and this realization transcends sport. Yet it encapsulates the yearly grind NFL veterans face. There is always someone younger, stronger and faster coming through the ranks, while even the best eventually fade.