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Bengals Bytes (6/7): Sam Hubbard is adjusting to life in the NFL

Sam Hubbard has spent his entire football career in Ohio, but now he faces his biggest challenge in adjusting to the NFL.

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Randy Bullock Has Not Been Terrible for the Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals fans have indeed been through the ringer as it relates to kickers. To start the 2016 season, longtime Bengals kicker Mike Nugent missed several crucial field goals. Before the Bengals cut him, Nugent kicked only 79%, and even worse in the 4th quarter. To fill the kicker void, the team signed veteran Randy Bullock.

Josh Malone squaring off with William Jackson at Bengals OTAs
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone wants to emerge as a weapon for the offense in 2018. One problem — Malone started off on a bike at OTAs and fell behind given the spotlight placed on John Ross, the other rookie wideout from Cincinnati’s draft class a year ago.

Bengals Beat Podcast: Answering your questions
Enquirer Bengals beat writers Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr. turn to listeners to find out what you want to know. We run through answers to your questions as the season of OTAs comes to an end this week with mandatory minicamp on the horizon.

Bengals threaten to veto proposed site for new concert venue at The Banks
The Cincinnati Bengals have threatened to veto the proposed site of a new concert venue at The Banks that would be operated by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. According to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer, the group that makes recommendations for developments at The Banks selected the CSO as the preferred developer for a new concert venue early last month.

Bengals offense must give defense relief in 2018
The Cincinnati Bengals offense did no favors for the defense during the 2017 season. Firing their offensive coordinator following the week two game, Cincinnati’s offense struggled to get anything going. Behind an offensive line that was a revolving door at multiple positions, both the running and passing game severely struggled.

Bengals share moment with Wounded Warriors Project veterans after practice
The Cincinnati Bengals hosted 10 veterans from the Cincinnati chapter of the Wounded Warriors Project on Tuesday after practice. There, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and star players such as Michael Johnson spent time with the veterans, swapping stories and mutual respect.

Dre Kirkpatrick helping Bengals rookies in OTA's
As the Cincinnati Bengals finish up their OTA workouts, veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has shown his leadership in the secondary group. Helping rookie cornerbacks including fifth-round pick Darius Phillips is a part of that leadership. Kirkpatrick, 28-years-old, finds himself being the oldest member of the secondary group and has taken on the role to help younger players reach their full potential.

2018 NFL Over-Under Win Totals: Bengals can bounce back with added help for Andy Dalton
Even though the end result was a total disaster for the Bengals, they almost got back into the playoff race in 2017. Beating the Steelers on Monday night late in the year -- and they had a 90 percent chance of winning midway through the fourth quarter -- and they would have been 6-6 and firmly in the mix. Cincy promptly laid down like a bunch of dogs the next two weeks, scoring 14 total points against the Bears and Vikings. The Bengals would close with two wins, including a franchise-altering win over the Ravens in Week 17 that convinced Mike Brown to keep Marvin Lewis for one more season.

Dunlap's return spices emerging pass rush
Carlos Dunlap, the second most prolific sacker in Bengals history, showed up at Paul Brown Stadium for the first time this spring in time for Wednesday’s practice. But it’s not the first time safety George Iloka has seen him this offseason since both work out at Pete Bommarito’s South Florida facility. He pronounced Dunlap ready to add to his 64.5 sacks that are the 16th most among active players. Dunlap is taking himself in the derby to lead the Bengals in sacks this season.

Sam Hubbard: Former Moeller High standout turned Bengals rookie adjusting well to life in NFL - Insider - Story
WCPO’s Mike Dyer gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Cincinnati Bengals rookie Sam Hubbard is adjusting to life in the NFL, both on and off the field. These stories will chronicle how the former Ohio State and Moeller standout is progressing with on-field play, interactions with teammates and coaches and his new day-to-day experience of life as an NFL player.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens Reportedly Lose Last 2 OTAs After Rule Violation, May Face Fines
The Baltimore Ravens were reportedly docked their final two OTAs this week because of an undisclosed infraction of league rules, according to former Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec. Head coach John Harbaugh and owner Steve Bisciotti are facing potential fines as well, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Harbaugh will be fined $50,000, while Bisciotti will be fined $100,000.

Ryan Shazier Says Goal Is to Return to Football After Spine Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier said Wednesday he still hopes to play in the NFL again after suffering a serious spine injury last season that required spinal stabilization surgery. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network provided comments from Shazier, who's already been ruled out for the 2018 season.

Random Bytes

Davis Webb Says He'll Be Ready to Replace Eli Manning Whenever He Gets Chance
Whenever the New York Giants decide to move on from Eli Manning as their starting quarterback, Davis Webb is ready to take over the mantle for the franchise. Per Sports Illustrated's Ben Baskin, Webb is willing to wait for his opportunity to lead the Giants when Manning steps down.

Every NFL Team's Player with the Most to Prove in Minicamp
Minicamps are actually something of a cross between OTAs and training camps. There isn't live contact (allegedly), and the intensity hasn't quite hit high speed just yet, but for the first time this summer, attendance isn't voluntary. Either players show up, or they risk being fined.

Every NFL Team's Most Underpaid Player
The game behind the game—the one fought in all 32 NFL front offices—revolves around dough. Good teams get the most out of their dollars, while bad ones often overspend on players who fail to live up to expectations. It's not rocket science, but it's harder than it looks, which is why there's so much turnover in this league.