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Bengals Bytes (7/26): How much of Vontaze Burfict will we see during training camp?

Vontaze Burfict will start off the season suspended again. How much should the Bengals use him during training camp as opposed to preparing for his absence.

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Bengals Launch "Seize The DEY" Campaign
The Bengals are kicking off the 2018 season with a new campaign – Seize The DEY. Seize The DEY shows how players and fans come together on game day at Paul Brown Stadium, capturing the emotions and rituals leading up to kickoff.

Camping out at five spots
The Bengals open head coach Marvin Lewis’ 16th training camp Thursday (3-5 p.m.) on the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields and here are the five positions to keep an eye on during the dozen public practices that end Aug. 11. No surprise that the two leading positions are on an offensive line that struggled during the team’s dead-last finish in NFL offense during a season the Bengals suffered through their worst rushing season in history.

Check-in: Dre embraces new look; Lawson looms large; Relaxed Ross
The Bengals reported for training camp Wednesday with the routine intact. Check-in. Lunch. President Mike Brown’s introductory meeting. Head coach Marvin Lewis’ meeting. Positon meetings. Conditioning test. Dinner. Meetings.

Bengals training camp 2018: 6 players at risk of getting cut
It also marks the beginning of seemingly endless roster battles in the sweltering heat. As usual, these battles will push some expected and unexpected names off the roster.

Cincinnati Bengals weigh how much to use Burfict in camp
Vontaze Burfict and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals reported for training camp Wednesday, but it remains to be seen how often the linebacker will be on the field during the next six weeks. For the third year in a row, Burfict will be suspended for the beginning of the regular season. This year it’s a four-game ban for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

2018 Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton will determine how far team goes
As the herd of coaches and front office members cycled around the east club lounge on Tuesday at Paul Brown Stadium, they were peppered with a similar line of questioning regarding the 2018 Bengals.

Bengals owner Mike Brown says Trump's tweets have inflamed NFL's anthem issue
CINCINNATI — Bengals owner Mike Brown says President Donald Trump's numerous tweets attacking NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem have prolonged the issue, which he sees as one of the league's biggest distractions.

Cincinnati Bengals search for answers on offense as camp opens
The Bengals have maintained that Dalton is their guy for the future, and that was made clear when AJ McCarron signed with the Buffalo Bills during free agency. The Bengals signed Matt Barkley to contend for the backup spot, while seventh-round pick Logan Woodside is a practice-squad contender unless he has a fantastic camp and unseats Barkley for the No. 2 position. Don’t count out Jeff Driskel for the No. 2 spot, either, as the Bengals liked him enough to keep him on the roster as a third quarterback for the past two seasons. The Bengals ideally would like to keep only two quarterbacks this year.

AFC North Bytes

Le'Veon Bell Rap EP Leads to Twitter Trolls, Injury Wish Amid Contract Holdout
Bell has yet to report to the Steelers, and he is expected to hold out for the duration of training camp before playing the 2018 season under the franchise tag.

Ravens’ Jimmy Smith opens up about four-game suspension
Ravens star cornerback Jimmy Smith spoke to the media for the first time on Tuesday since suffering a season-ending Achilles injury and receiving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy.

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Adam Schefter: 'Belief' Is Aaron Donald Holds out Until He Receives New Contract
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