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Bengals Bytes (7/4): Auden Tate has his eyes on a roster spot

The Bengals seventh round receiver Auden Tate is setting some pretty lofty goals this offseason.

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Darqueze Dennard isn’t stressing his contract situation with Bengals
Darqueze Dennard knows the Cincinnati Bengals pay up to keep top talent and especially like the cornerback position. Either way, he isn’t worried about the fact he needs an extension this year.

Tate will Try to Reach Roster
Rookie Auden Tate made a big impression at the Bengals’ minicamp in mid-June. Emphasis on BIG. The 6’5”, 228 pound wide receiver out of Florida State made several jaw-dropping touchdown catches that had his fellow receivers raving.

Cincinnati Bengals off season analysis
Enquirer beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski give their analysis of the Bengals off season moves.

2014 NFL draft redo has Bengals selecting Devonta Freeman over Darqueze Dennard
The Cincinnati Bengals used the 2014 NFL draft to grab cornerback Darqueze Dennard at No. 24. A redo of the 2014 NFL draft suggests the Bengals should have gone with Devonta Freeman.

Terrell Owens chooses Chattanooga over Canton for Hall of Fame speech
Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Terrell Owens, elected earlier this year to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and set to be enshrined next month, announced Tuesday morning via Twitter that he'll give his Hall of Fame speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, in lieu of attending the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, with the rest of his class.

AFC North Bytes

Ben Roethlisberger says it’s a fine line to walk preparing his body for 15th season with Steelers
Despite prior flirtations with retirement, Roethlisberger appears committed to play at least three more years. In order to do so, Roethlisberger will need to manage his health while still producing to fend off a possible future challenge from rookie Mason Rudolph.

Browns linebacker has “different feel” about this year’s team
The Browns would like to give the city of Cleveland something to hang onto, now that LeBron James is gone. And for a change, they might be able to. Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey has spent the past four seasons in Cleveland, and said the sense of optimism there is different as he enters his fifth.

Random Bytes

Russell Okung: NFL needs guaranteed contracts
We all know how the game works by now. The team and player (and his agent) announce some ridiculously large contract terms, but the player actually sees a fraction of that total because the deal isn’t fully guaranteed. An NFL player can be cut loose on a whim, while MLB or NBA players are in a far less dangerous sport and don’t have a worry about their contracts. The NFL is the most popular sport in America and has far more physical danger than basketball or baseball, yet operates without the guaranteed contracts that are standard in MLB and NBA.

Report: Julian Edelman's Appeal of 4-Game Suspension for PEDs Denied by NFL
The NFL upheld Julian Edelman's suspension upon appeal, thus ruling the New England Patriots wide receiver out for the first four games of the 2018 season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday. Edelman received the suspension after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.