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Bengals Bytes (7/9): Former Bengals running back turns to beekeeping

Eric Ball has taken up a very interesting hobby after his time with the Bengals.

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Sizing Up Glenn
In a league filled with genetic giants, Bengals offensive lineman Cordy Glenn stands out. “He’s huge,” said quarterback Andy Dalton. “I saw him in a picture standing next to Clint (Boling) and Clint is a big guy, and he’s like twice the size of Clint. He’s a large human. There aren’t many people built like him.”

Ball’s bees: Why a former Bengals RB turned to beekeeping
An avid outdoorsman, the Cincinnati Bengals’ director of player relations spent a fourth of July holiday weekend at a friend’s farm five summers ago and noticed several beehives. It piqued it his interest. Over the next year, he read Beekeeping for dummies, watched YouTube videos and volunteered at Gorman Heritage Farm to learn how to do it.

Colts vs. Bengals: What you need to know
Analysis: Quarterback Andy Dalton is as good as the players around him. In 2015, that meant a 10-3 record (before Dalton was injured) with a 25-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a career-high 106.2 quarterback rating. But in 2016, star receiver A.J. Green only played in 10 games and tight end Tyler Eifert in 8 and Dalton slumped to a 18-to-8 TD-to-INT ration, 91.8 QB rating and a 6-9-1 record. Last season, the offensive line suffered and Dalton's QB rating slipped again to 86.6. The Bengals added tackles Cordy Glenn and Bobby Hart and center Billy Price. They'll be relying on the rebuilt line to give Dalton the time he needs and resurrect the running game after rookie Joe Mixon averaged just 3.5 yards per rush.

6 things Bengals have said about new offensive line coach Frank Pollack
The biggest savior for a turnaround-seeking Cincinnati Bengals team in 2018 isn’t John Ross, Tyler Eifert or other big names — it’s offensive line coach Frank Pollack.

Cedric Ogbuehi feels comfortable in return to right tackle
Ogbuehi has started 25 games the last two years, but the team’s hopes haven’t been realized. Ogbuehi didn’t impress at right tackle in 2016 or left tackle in 2017, which led the Bengals to decline their option on his contract for the 2019 season and put him back into competition for the right tackle job after trading for Cordy Glenn this offseason.

Bengals add to scouting department
The Cincinnati Bengals have made an addition to the scouting department with Christian Sarkisian. Director of player personnel Duke Tobin quietly made the move recently, according to Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Bengals 53-Man Roster Projection: Cornerbacks
As we continue our roster projection series, cornerbacks are up next on the docket. To be honest, cornerback might be the easiest position on the entire roster to project for next season. The Bengals have loaded up on first round corners in the last few years, and just added two more rookies in the fifth round of this year’s draft. Outside of those players, there is very little competition to make the roster at the cornerback position. Still, we will run you through who will make the roster this year.

AFC North Bytes

Steelers training camp preview: Finding slot receiver a priority
The Tribune-Review will examine each position on the Steelers roster as they prepare to report for training camp July 25 at Saint Vincent. Today's installment looks at the 11 wide receivers:

Donald Stephenson earned no money from Browns before retiring
After signing in March, Stephenson never once made an appearance in any Browns activity. He skipped OTAs, voluntary workouts and then the team’s mandatory minicamp. As a result, Stephenson did not earn any of his one-year, $2.5 million contract. The Browns are not obligated to pay any of his salary and nothing counts against the 2018 salary cap.

Random Bytes

2018 NFL Supplemental Draft offers value; Keenan Allen's secret
The NFL Supplemental Draft rarely garners much attention from the football world, but this year's event features a number of promising prospects with the potential to impact teams as contributors this season. This is certainly uncommon for a draft that typically features misfits and cast-offs with spotty records and character flaws. Despite those red flags, the supplemental draft has produced some high-level playmakers in the past, with guys like Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter, Josh Gordon and Terrelle Pryor making their mark in the league after being mid-summer draft picks.

Ex-NFL Player Brandon Browner Arrested on Kidnapping, Burglary, More Charges
Joe Studley and Shahan Ahmed of NBC Los Angeles reported the news, noting Browner allegedly broke into the home of someone he had a previous relationship with, stole a Rolex watch worth $20,000 and physically forced the victim into the house when she tried to leave.

B/R's NFL Re-Draft: Who Would Go in Round 1 If Every Player Were Available?
Let's take you to a parallel universe. Oranges are called apples, and apples are referred to as yemlins. The Kardashians are a regular, non-famous family. John Lithgow is president for some reason.