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Bengals Bytes (8/16): Auden Tate doesn’t care that he isn’t the fastest reciver

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Auden Tate may never beat his defender by out running him, but he certainly still produces.

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Time for Evans to go home to come home
The Dallas Cowboys clock is where Scott told Tenika is the only place she could put it. A closet with the door shut. But their son, Bengals WILL linebacker Jordan Evans, thinks Saturday’s second pre-season game in Dallas (7 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) is timely enough for his mom’s side of the family to show its true colors.

Vontaze Burfict, Preston Brown have short time to work on chemistry
CINCINNATI -- Linebackers Preston Brown and Vontaze Burfict have had only one week of training camp to play next to each other, but it's clear that they've started to jell during the limited time frame -- at least on the field.

5 Bengals in need of a big game against the Cowboys
These Bengals have terrible Super Bowl odds despite a strong showing to start the preseason. Individual Bengals need to make some headway in positional battles as well or they might not be around to help write a potential underdog story.

Bengals training camp star Auden Tate embracing speed criticism
Cincinnati Bengals receiver Auden Tate has mesmerized onlookers since the onset of Bengals training camp with highlight-worthy catches over defenders.

How Will the Bengals Use Jordan Evans in Year Two?
The Bengals have a defense that looks resurgent, although they clearly have a need at linebacker. Especially with Vontaze Burfict out for four games, the team needs someone to step up internally. Nick Vigil is definitely a possibility, but Jordan Evans has been very impressive so far this offseason. Next to Preston Brown and eventually Burfict, Evans could be a really good fit.

Cincinnati Bengals: Shawn Williams back after injury-plagued 2017
A third-round draft pick in 2013, Williams played 61 straight games to open his career before missing one game in 2016 – his first season as a starter. Last year, he was on and off the field with injuries but kept coming back and his production wasn’t what he thought it should have been as a result.

Bengals remain massive Super Bowl underdogs after Week 1 of preseason
It’s an odd situation. The Bengals’ first-team offense looked great over three or so drives, easily scoring two touchdowns — the only exception was a fluke interception returned for a touchdown because John Ross fell down on a route.

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Terrelle Pryor Comments on Flinching During Jets' Practice with Redskins
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The Beast Is in Rashaad Penny: Meet the Shy Rook Who Could Be Marshawn Lynch 2.0
As a kid. Whenever he'd head to a buddy's house to go swimming, to spend the night, Penny inevitably made up an excuse to go home. No, Penny didn't actually have to help Mom with chores.