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Bengals Bytes (7/27): Andy Dalton needs to improve in order to get Cincinnati where it needs to go

The Bengals will go as far as Andy Dalton will take them, but just how far will that be?

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Camp report: Price as advertised
For the first time as said pro Thursday, the rookie Price snapped the ball in live team drills that just happened to come on the first day of training camp. And, for the most part, he helped quarterback Andy Dalton negotiate a new playbook to a pretty solid first day that included a few bombs for an offense desperately needing some fireworks down the field.

Quick hits: Eifert vows to play in Indy; Tez starts on sidelines; Jackson says mark him down for Pro Bowl
Tyler Eifert vows he’ll be ready for the Sept. 9 opener in Indianapolis. But beyond that, he or the Bengals don’t know much. They don’t know when he’ll return to practice or if and when he’ll play in the pre-season games. Which is what happens when you’re in this predicament because you tweaked your back picking up a football.

Receivers stand out in first day of Cincinnati Bengals training camp
There was speculation surrounding the availability of the Bengals’ tight end after he did not participate in the mandatory mini-camp in late June, and the team removed all speculation over what he would do and when in training camp by placing Eifert on the active/physically unable to perform list. He can practice as soon as he is medically cleared, and at this juncture the start of the regular season is not in jeopardy.

Bengals training camp: John Ross steals the show during Day 1
Ross, who missed most of last season after the Bengals selected him in the top 10 of the draft, wowed onlookers with his big-play ability down the field.

Bengals roster bubble: 6 players who need a great training camp
The Cincinnati Bengals opened training camp today, and the club’s upcoming practice sessions will help determine several positional battles on its roster. While many established veterans won’t face any real competition, players on the back end of Cincinnati’s depth chart will need a productive training camp in order to land a spot on the team’s 53-man squad.

Cincinnati Bengals Walkthru: Projecting the 53-man roster
Only one way to start things off and that’s to offer a big-picture view of where the Bengals roster stands here. So, I’m offering up my very early projection of the 53-man roster. Things change from week to week, day to day this time of year, so this is more of a scene setter than a declaration. Unless I’m exactly right in five weeks, then it was totally serious.

Bengals' Rod Taylor: Injures knee Thursday
Taylor went down, clutching his right knee early on during Thursday's drill work. The specifics of his injury remain unclear, but the rookie should be considered questionable for the time being. Look for Javarius Leamon or Austin Fleer to get some extra reps while Taylor is out.

Brandon Wilson is a Sleeper to Make the Bengals Roster
When filling out the last few spots on the Bengals’ roster for our projections, there were several tough decisions. Intriguing players like Quinton Flowers, Logan Woodside, Alex Redmond, and Junior Joseph are right on the roster bubble, but I cut all of them in favor of Brandon Wilson. Wilson is a player you may not see on many projected rosters, but he’s got the skills and the versatility to make this team.

Daugherty: Can Andy Dalton reach the 'elevation' the Cincinnati Bengals need?
The great QBs, the Super guys, make their teams better. It might be just for one year (Nick Foles last year) or it might be for a career. Cite the usual suspects: Brady. Brees. Roethlisberger. Rodgers.

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