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Bengals Bytes (8/1): Cincinnati’s offensive line is starting to show signs of aggression

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The Bengals offensive line the past couple of seasons has been pretty passive, but Bengals defenders can already see a difference in the unit from last season.

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Mixon's time
As the Bengals reclined with their first day off day of camp Tuesday, the buzz is the new-look running game. As in the backs look sleeker and faster behind a scheme emphasizing go-now-cut-later as opposed to last season’s tentative read-and-react and while Joe Mixon is praising the new mindset installed by new offensive line coach Frank Pollack (“He’s changed the culture the way they block around here”), his own coach is saluting the mind of Mixon.

Bengals want more big plays
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Bengals defenders noticing aggressiveness of new-look offensive line
With Paul Alexander gone and Frank Pollack at the controls, a more aggressive approach is something fans have repeatedly heard about. Tasked with helping overhaul the line, new left tackle Cordy Glenn and rookie center Billy Price have made headlines for different reasons.

Goodberry Top 50: How Darqueze Dennard, Dre Kirkpatrick rate in Bengals secondary
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AFC North Bytes

2018 Steelers training camp alert: Big Ben actually runs QB sneak
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Browns to provide school uniforms for Lorain city schools
The Cleveland Browns have partnered with the Lorain City Schools to provide school uniforms for the district in the nearby city. The Browns are providing funding to help the city provide deeply discounted uniforms with the school’s Titan logo on it for disadvantaged families.

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