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Bengals Bytes (7/14): Marvin Lewis stresses importance of deep passing game

Marvin Lewis knows the Bengals need to be more productive with the deep ball if his team is going to successful in 2018.

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Kirkpatrick Hosts Back-to-School Shopping Spree
“Some of these kids, they just need a positive role model,” Kirkpatrick told WVTM 13 in Alabama. “Somebody to be able to reach out and touch. Even if it’s for a couple of hours, because that couple of hours could change a kid’s life or change the direction of how they think.”

Bengals 2018: The club is looking to bring back Super Bowl XXIII team
Mike Brown and the Bengals resisted honoring former players for decades, standing pat against a Ring of Honor, Hall of Fame or even pre-game ceremonies for specific anniversaries or individuals.

Marvin Lewis again stresses importance of deep passing game
A season ago, Bill Lazor found himself promoted to offensive coordinator and his unit consistently failed to make splash plays down the field in large part thanks to an offensive line that was among the worst in the league.

Bengals 53-Man Roster Projections: Special Teams
We’ve finished up the roster projections for offense and defense, which leaves just special teams. The competition for kicker, punter, and long snapper isn’t as fierce as it is at other positions. Therefore, we will just combine the special teams into one roster projection. The Bengals shouldn’t have too many tough decisions to make, but the special teams is worth keeping an eye on.

Darren Woodson has a wild opinion about the Bengals and Browns
But sometimes the hot takes are scorching enough to discuss, like Darren Woodson going on NFL Live on ESPN recently and saying he thinks the Cleveland Browns have a better shot at the Super Bowl than the Cincinnati Bengals.

AFC North Bytes

AFC North Q&A: Who will win the division?
Will the Steelers keep their momentum and repeat as division champs in 2018? Our roundtable reporters give their picks for who will win the division and how many playoff teams will emerge from the AFC North.

AFC North Q&A: Who will be the division's MVP?
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He remains a top-five quarterback, which makes him a candidate for NFL MVP, much less the AFC North one. Roethlisberger is the catalyst for one of the most explosive offenses in the league, finishing second in the NFL last season with 283 yards passing per game.

Random Bytes

DeMarco Murray Announces Retirement from NFL at Age 30
Murray rushed for 7,174 yards and 49 touchdowns on 1,604 carries across 99 career regular-season games with the Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans. He spent the last two years of his career, including the 2017 campaign, with the Titans.

Kellen Winslow Jr. Posts $2M Bail Ahead of Trial for Multiple Rape Charges
The 34-year-old was arrested multiple times in June and initially faced nine criminal charges, including kidnapping, rape and indecent exposure. He was also accused of breaking into homes in a mobile home park with the intent to rape elderly women.

DeMarco Murray and the Sad Financial Reality of NFL Running Backs
In the NFL, only kickers and punters get paid less than running backs. Offensive linemen, linebackers, and even tight ends make more than one of the league’s marquee positions. That seems curious, seeing as some of the sexiest names in the league line up in the backfield, but those players typically don’t last long. Running back careers have become so short that teams often refuse to invest in the position. Look no further than DeMarco Murray, who, three years after being one of the best players in football, retired on Friday.