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Bengals Bytes (7/12): Flashback to Hard Knocks

It is hard to believe that the Bengals were on Hard Knocks only five years ago.

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2018 Bengals Draft Class Highlights
With the first preseason game at home against the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Aug. 9 (7 p.m.) less than a month away, the 2018 draft class is preparing to make their Bengals debut. Here's an overview of the 11 players selected in this year's draft.

Training Camp Flashback: 2013 Hard Knocks
Bengals fans will get their first chance to see this year’s team up close when Bengals Training Camp, presented by Fifth Third Bank, kicks off on Thursday, July 26. Thirteen practices will be open to the public, including an evening practice on Friday, Aug. 3 and Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 4. All practices are free and offer fans the opportunity to obtain player autographs after practice.

Ex-Bengals CB Pacman Jones attacked by employee at airport
Atlanta Police spokesman Jarius Daugherty says Jones confronted ABM Industries employee Frank Ragin after Ragin made a "gesture" toward the football player Tuesday night at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Police say words were exchanged before Ragin struck Jones with a closed fist, causing a cut to Jones' face.

The No. 5 Bengals play in last 30 years: Jerome Simpson’s flip
The 2011 season was an unexpected one of sorts for the Cincinnati Bengals following the nadir of the Marvin Lewis era with a 4-12 campaign in 2010, the tumultuous departure of Carson Palmer and a lockout that essentially wiped out the offseason. But two rookies, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, got the team back on track and as they hosted the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas Eve the team was 8-6 and fighting for playoff berth.

Cincinnati Bengals: Best running backs in team history, No. 3
The Cincinnati Bengals are still a bit away from training camp starting, but it’s at least getting closer. Still, fans and players alike are weathering the offseason, getting ready for a new campaign. In the interim, we’ve been looking at past greats of the Bengals franchise since 1968. That started with the quarterbacks, and we’ve since moved to the guys behind them carrying the pigskin.

Bengals 53-Man Roster Projections: Safeties
We’re almost done with our roster projections, with the safeties wrapping up our defensive projections. Although training camp hasn’t quite started yet, the roster is clearly taking form. The Bengals haven’t seen much change at the safety position in the last few years. The mainstays have been some of the most reliable players on the team. However, there should be some strong competition for the spots behind the starters.

PACMAN JONES ATLANTA AIRPORT FIGHT: Worker suspended after fistfight with NFL star inside busy Atlanta airport
Former Cincinnati Bengals star Adam "Pacman" Jones was invovled in a brawl at the airport in Atlanta on Tuesday night, Atlanta police confirmed. Atlanta police said they responded to a fight call on Concourse B near Gate B6 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

AFC North Bytes

Ryan Shazier and Vince Williams Forged Brotherhood out of Competition, Tragedy
The Mack linebacker stays on the ground. Trainers rush out. As the medical staff tends to him, it becomes apparent he cannot move his legs. Paul Brown Stadium is hushed. The Buck linebacker takes a knee. They strap the Mack linebacker to a spinal board and carry him to a cart. As the cart drives into the tunnel, the Mack linebacker puts his hands over his eyes.

AFC North Q&A: Who is on the hottest seat in the division?
Five seasons removed from sitting atop the football world, Flacco is a popular name on any “hot seat” list. That’s what happens when the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player fails to live up to a big-money contract and the team then drafts a quarterback in the first round. Ravens officials have repeatedly insisted Flacco is the starting quarterback this season after Baltimore selected Lamar Jackson with the No. 32 pick. The uncertainty is Flacco’s future. “When you pick a quarterback or anybody in the first round, it means something,” Flacco said this offseason.

Random Bytes

LeSean McCoy Hires Attorney Amid Police Investigation into Home Invasion
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has reportedly hired a defense attorney amid an investigation of a home invasion in which his former girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, was beaten and robbed.'s Mike Rodak reported Wednesday that McCoy has hired prominent Atlanta attorney Don Samuel, who was part of the legal representation for former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis when he faced murder charges in 2000.

Ranking NFL's best, worst offensive arsenals, weapons
General manager Howie Roseman went out last year and transformed what Carson Wentz was working with by adding LeGarrette Blount, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency. Corey Clement worked his way into the rotation as a replacement for the injured Darren Sproles. Nelson Agholor took Jordan Matthews' spot and evolved from failed first-round pick into an effective slot receiver. Throw in the Dolphins scapegoating Jay Ajayi for their problems and Philly's trio of effective tight ends, and you have a group of weapons that was able to help propel Wentz to an MVP-caliber campaign and keep Nick Foles afloat in the postseason.

NFL Supplemental Draft 2018: Sam Beal Headlines Players Selected
The New York Giants selected former Western Michigan Broncos cornerback Sam Beal in the third round, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reported. The Washington Redskins also selected Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Adonis Alexander, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.