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Bengals Bytes (7/30): Young linebackers showing their speed

Malik Jefferson and Jordan Evans have been showing off their speed while creating an impact at training camp.

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A close call over wide receiver John Ross, but when Ross couldn’t corral his last ball of the day the nod went to Evans after another day he prevented catches from being made. Plus, the first day of full pads usually belongs to the defense.

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