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Bengals Bytes (7/28): Andy Dalton makes it look easy

Andy Dalton is off to a hot start to begin training camp.

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Bengals safety George Iloka on NFL’s national anthem policy and his outspoken personality – The Athletic
CINCINNATI​ –​ Bengals​ safety George Iloka has​ been one of the​ team’s​ most outspoken​ players​ over​ the past​​ few seasons. When it comes to social media, Iloka regularly interacts with fans and doesn’t hesitate to broadcast his opinions on any number of topics – including politics, the NBA and Cincinnati chili. He’s also become the go-to voice in the Bengals locker room when it comes to discussing social issues or more controversial topics.

Youthful Green says offense feels the pressure
Of course, that’s just the way it worked out. But Green is still big. How big? So big that when Bengals president Mike Brown gave his annual introductory speech to the team to open training camp Tuesday afternoon, he put Green, his seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, in select company. Brown’s recent messages have been thumbnail sketches about great Bengals from the past who had successful post-football lives in effort to let his players know they are and can be part of a long tradition.

Quick hits: Quez books it; Boyd's days in slot aren't numbered; Eifert feeling workouts
Darqueze Dennard reads a book every training camp, but as he tucked away Change Your Words, Change Your Life this week on his way to lunch it seems like he’d written this story before. Like late in his junior year at Michigan State, when he told secondary coach Harlon Barnett and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi he was coming back to the Spartans instead of opting for the NFL Draft.

Camp report: Dalton sharp in pocket
PLAYER OF THE DAY: In front of a Friday afternoon crowd of 1,050 that disappeared into the Cincinnati Musical Festival crowd after practice, Andy Dalton put on a passing clinic that highlighted how Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor wants to use and protect his quarterback. With no interior linemen getting pushed back into his lap and the rest of the offensive line alertly picking up the stunts for the most part after they were dogged by them Thursday, Dalton had a clear view of the field for a leisurely game of darts in which he completed 11 of 13 passes.

Tyler Eifert of Cincinnati Bengals says he'll be ready for season opener
Eifert started camp on the physically unable to perform list Thursday and worked out on the side field instead of practicing with the team. He had surgery on his back to end his 2016 and 2017 seasons and has only played in 10 games in the last two years.

Preston Brown working on interceptions; Bengals offense gets going
As he approached free agency, the 25-year-old Cincinnati native knew the numbers: 512 tackles, 64 straight games played, nearly 100 percent of the snaps played, but only three interceptions.

Observations from Day 2 of Cincinnati Bengals camp
The last play of 11-on-11 drills devolved into a comedic episode when wide receiver Alex Erickson and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick spent roughly 35 seconds on the ground wrestling for control of the ball. At one point, cornerback William Jackson entered the fray and grabbed Erickson by the leg trying to pull him away from Kirkpatrick.

Bengals training camp 2018: 5 takeaways after two days
These Bengals have taken to the practice fields near Paul Brown Stadium with aggression, showing off flashy wide receivers, gaudy blitzes and linemen eager to get the pads on starting Saturday.

Cincinnati Bengals: Adjusting to speed of NFL key for Billy Price
Coming off surgery to repair a pectoral muscle tear after the Combine, Price was limited this spring during the Bengals’ offseason workout program and never had a chance to go against a defender in team drills. The first-round draft pick was cleared for all football activity late last month and got a rude awakening Thursday with Geno Atkins pushing against him for his first introduction to blocking a professional defensive lineman.

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