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Bengals Bytes (7/20): Tyler Eifert has plenty to prove in 2018

Tyler Eifert is in a contract season, and his future could be decided by what he does in the 2018 season.

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ESPN projects Bengals suffer major regression in coming years
Most have a hard time looking past the retention of head coach Marvin Lewis for a 16th and 17th season. Fair — but the retention means overlooking things like a revamped coaching staff, new left tackle and a fresh rookie class.

Bengals RB Mixon drops 12 pounds
Mixon has shed 12 pounds from last season’s playing weight of 230, per the team’s website. The 21-year-old insists that his weight loss is due to working out consistently in the steamy climates of Norman, Okla., and hometown Oakland, Calif.

A.J. Green, Joe Mixon top Bengals fantasy assets
Cincinnati’s offense did nothing well last season. This team ranked dead-last in total yards, next-to-last in rushing, No. 27 in passing and No. 26 in scoring. The Bengals failed to score a touchdown in back-to-back home losses to open the season, which led to the firing of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. The offensive line was a mess, allowing 41 sacks and opening few running lanes. It was, in a nutshell, a miserable year.

Cincinnati Bengals: Best wide receivers in team history, No. 5
As the summer continues along, we’ve been looking back at the history of the Cincinnati Bengals. We started by looking at the greatest quarterbacks and running backs in Cincinnati’s history, and so now we’ve begun the wide receivers.

Contract-Year Players with the Most to Prove in 2018: Tyler Eifert
Like White, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is a 20-something-year-old first-round pick who has been limited by injuries for much of his NFL career. But unlike White (and like Pryor), Eifert at least has one big season under his belt.

AFC North Bytes

Twitter Explodes Over Recent Photo of Baker Mayfield Looking Stocky
Baker Mayfield ​wants to have it all. And can you blame him for trying? Just in the last nine months, he's won a Heisman Trophy, made the ​College Football Playoff, gotten drafted No. 1 overall into the NFL, and become engaged to his one and only.

Eli Rogers is ready to return, but will it be with the Steelers?
The Pittsburgh Steelers are known for their ability to take unknown, and often undrafted, receivers and turn them into more than competent players on the gridiron. You can run down a long list of players who fit this description, and Eli Rogers, undrafted out of Louisville, would be among them.

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