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Bengals Bytes (8/22): Andy and JJ Dalton continue to give back to the Cincinnati area

Andy and JJ Dalton help fund trips for families around the Cincinnati area, so they are able to create memories at the Kings Island amusement park.

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Updated Bengals 53-player roster projection midway through preseason | WKRC
After taking a stab at a final 53-player roster projection for the Bengals just prior to the start of training camp , then just prior to the first preseason game and then last week after the first preseason game here is an updated 53-player roster projection after the second preseason game.

The dramatic touchdown that ended a drought and started a joyous tribute – The Athletic
After 17 desolate years, Bills fans' euphoria and generosity spilled all over the cursed drought and into Andy Dalton and his wife's foundation. “I feel this is one of those cool stories you see happen to someone else,” Dalton said. “You never think it’s going to happen to you. We just happened to be on the receiving end of it.”

Hobson's Choice: kid stuff
Hello Geoff from the Sunshine State, I really enjoy your insights on our team. I keep meaning to write in, and post a lot to talk to fans in the Jungle. As this season has unfolded, I think the biggest question outside our o-line has been how much change could this team make with Marvin it's head coach. From trading back with Buffalo to get Glenn, to yesterdays cut of Iloka to install Bates, I see some huge changes in philosophy. Whether that will be enough to get us to the promised land is to be seen, however I can see us back to the playoffs.

'Wash for Wishes' Fundraiser to Raise Money for Make-A-Wish
The Bengals and The Hillman Group are teaming up to support Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana with ‘Wash for Wishes’ car wash fundraiser on Saturday.

Andy and JJ Dalton Host 'King for a Day'
“King for a Day is a program we look forward to each year, since we’re able to help families create lasting memories doing something many Cincinnati families consider a tradition,” said Andy Dalton. “JJ and I love getting to know these families and see them leave their troubles at the gate and truly enjoy a full day together.”

Billy Price, Jessie Bates to take starting roles for Bengals
Price was ready to go for camp after sustaining a torn pectoral muscle at the NFL combine. Although he had a rough first week with several botched snap exchanges, he has settled into his role and will be the team's starting center on Day 1.

Bengals position battles: WRs lack excitement in Dallas
After a stellar display all around for the Cincinnati Bengals receivers against the Chicago Bears, the wideouts failed to fire on all cylinders against the Dallas Cowboys last Saturday night. No receiver had more than two receptions on the night, while the only score from the group came from John Ross on a two-point play. However, this game shouldn’t dampen the positive mood surrounding this wide receiver group. Games like this happen in the preseason. It also doesn’t help that the sample size (i.e. snap count) for a lot of these guys is quite small in preseason games, so it’s very difficult to make a significant impact in these contests. With that in mind, let’s talk about the individual performances.

NFL breakouts 2018: Bengals’ Andrew Billings is primed for big year
If you remember my draft profile of Andrew Billings back in 2016, I cautioned that while I loved watching his tape, he would probably only be successful as a 4-3 nose tackle in the NFL because of his size and style of play. Fortunately for Billings, he ended up being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, who have been running a 4-3 forever.

After release of George Iloka, Cincinnati Bengals appear to be turning the spotlight on their youth
CINCINNATI -- When cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick came in as the Cincinnati Bengals’ first-round draft pick in 2012, he played behind a crew of veterans for three years.

Do the Bengals Suddenly Have a QB Controversy?
If you saw my news feed on during and after the game on Saturday night, you would think that there should be a QB controversy. My page was filled with statuses claiming Jeff Driskel should be the starting QB.

The Future at Tight End: Cincinnati Bengals' C.J. Uzomah
Making our way through the Cincinnati Bengals’ preseason, Tyler Eifert has had a roller coaster start to this season, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. This has become the norm for Eifert and it leaves fans asking “what could have been?” With a late return to training camp following precautions from an injury, Eifert has now found himself with limited playing time to prevent re-injuring his nagging back. With the probability that Eifert can’t last a whole season very high, the Bengals have continued to prepare by giving starting reps to C.J. Uzomah.

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