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Bengals Bytes (8/2): Preston Brown is fulfilling dream of playing with Cincinnati

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Preston Brown grew up cheering for the Bengals, and now he has a chance to wear the stripes.

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Bold Prediction: The Bengals won't keep 7 receivers
They went with the unusual move of keeping seven wideouts last season with rookie John Ross dealing with various injuries. With another big draft class now in, it seems unlikely the Bengals could afford to do that again. That might mean that a veteran like Brandon LaFell, Cody Core or Alex Erickson doesn't make the team. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said this week: "Brandon LaFell has done a nice job. He feels the heat. ... That's a competitive group of wide receivers. So we can only keep so many of them. They're going to be competitive that way and that's a good thing." -- Katherine Terrell

Camp report: Dalton, Boyd settle down offense and Lewis' ire
Both players excelled in Wednesday’s red zone work with Dalton hitting a variety of receivers for touchdowns (wide receivers A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd and tight end Tyler Eifert, among others) and Kirkpatrick knocking away slants intended for Green and wide receiver Brandon LaFell. Kirkpatrick also arrived at the same time over the middle on a play outside the red zone as Eifert got ready to catch it, but Kirkpatrick knocked it away at the last instant as he twisted away to avoid hitting Eifert.

Marvin Lewis News Conference Transcript 8/1
“I’ve been excited about our start to training camp. It’s been a productive six days. We’ve had good work and have people working themselves into getting ready to play for the season. Some of the question marks we have about people are getting answered. That’s what’s exciting. Our new guys, even though we’ve had them since April, to see them out there in football gear and playing close to real football is really good. I’m talking about Cordy Glenn, Preston Brown, etc. Our young guys who didn’t get to play a year ago have come back and done well. I’ve been excited about Joe Mixon, who is coming into his second year, and what he is doing. All in all, it’s been a good, a productive start. We have to keep on working as we move toward September.”

Gio in the driver's seat again
As Bengals running back Giovani Bernard talked to the media about his family’s latest good deed before Wednesday’s practice, Dustin Hoog drove the NFL’s most famous minivan this side of Marshawn Lynch to an appointment at Cincinnati’s Veteran’s Administration.

'Happy wife, happy life': Bengals give teammate Billy Price tips on marriage - WCPO Cincinnati, OH
In light of Price;s recent engagement, teammates Matt Barkley, George Iloka and Vincent Rey shared a few tips on how to survive (and maybe even enjoy) married life.

Observations from Day 6 of Cincinnati Bengals camp
Tyler Boyd had the play of the day and, arguably, the play of camp. During an 11-on-11 drill in the red zone with 20 minutes left in what had been a lethargic practice, Boyd out-jumped perfectly position cornerback Darqueze Dennard to snag a touchdown from Andy Dalton. The play catch elicited a big reaction from the crowd as well as Boyd’s teammates, many of whom raced toward the end zone to congratulate him.

Bengals Big Play Tracker: Dalton-Boyd Connection is Real
For veterans, one of the most important aspects of training camp is establishing rapport with other players. This year in particular for the Bengals, it’s important that the offense gels together. Aside from Andy Dalton and AJ Green, most of the offensive pieces are on their rookie deals. So far, Dalton looks like he’s building connections with his young pass catchers.

Mixon loses weight, aims for bigger role as Bengals' back
CINCINNATI (AP) Joe Mixon took a handoff from Andy Dalton and found the hole off right guard for a 25-yard run in the first quarter of a game at Pittsburgh on Oct. 22. The Bengals lost 29-14, falling to 2-4. For Mixon, it would be the longest run of his rookie season.

Bengals training camp: Day 6 observations
Like any year, Cincinnati Bengals training camp will feature the good and the bad. Day 6 on Wednesday wasn’t any exception, with one stellar pass rusher stealing the spotlight but a few injuries and mistakes otherwise commanding attention.

Bengals activate Brandon Bell from NFI
The Bengals announced they have activated linebacker Brandon Bell from the non-football injury list. It allows Bell to begin practicing Wednesday.

Joe Mixon nets a James Harden comparison
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden is one of the NBA’s best because he’s a master of all — something Cincinnati Bengals fans wouldn’t mind seeing from running back Joe Mixon.

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