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Bengals Bytes (8/24): Former Bills’ help give hope for Cincinnati next season

The Bengals acquired two former Bills’ players next season that are expected to have major impacts next season.

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Old Bills help re-fresh Bengals
Downtown Preston Brown, who grew up in College Hill with a Chad Johnson Fathead and bought a place on Cincinnati’s Fourth Street a couple of years before he left the Bills, returns to Buffalo Sunday (4 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 19) with a smile on his face.

Quick hits: CB Shelton waived; Core sits again
The Bengals made a roster move Thursday before practice that did not do much to ease the logjam with the numbers in the secondary. When the Bengals reached an injury settlement with cornerback Sojourn Shelton, it left them with eight cornerbacks and 15 defensive backs at a spot they want to head into the regular season with probably six and ten, respectively. Depending on rookie corner Davontae Harris’ knee injury, you wonder if that spot is already spoken for with the three starters (Dre Kirkpatrick, William Jackson Darqueze Dennard), a veteran backup (KeiVarare Russell) and the two fifth-rounders (Harris and Darius Phillips). But they also like Tony McRae in the slot and C.J. Goodwin covering kicks …

Game Notes: Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
Setting the scene: The Bengals travel to Buffalo on Sunday for their third preseason game — the proverbial “dress rehearsal,” in which starters typically see their most preseason playtime — with a bevy of storylines, connections and intrigue.

Bengals' Marvin Lewis: LB Preston Brown 'exceeding expectations'
Given Brown's training camp performance and leadership potential in the Bengals' linebacking group, the moment Lewis referenced was likely the last time the head coach was upset with Brown in a material way.

5 Buffalo Bills position battles to watch vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Ryan Groy will make his second start of the preseason for the Bills against the Bengals after starting the first preseason contest. At this point, Groy seems to have a slight leg-up on free agent signee Russell Bodine, who started Buffalo’s last game. While things aren’t totally on the center, and because the two have played two totally different teams, it still was noticeable that the Bills’ offensive line looked better in the team’s first game. Bodine has allowed two sacks in 31 passing snaps as well.

Cincinnati Bengals: Randy Bullock slated to be back as kicker
Brown, a former University of Louisville soccer player competing for an NFL job since 2016, showed off his powerful leg with a 55-yard field goal against Dallas on Saturday – just his second game kicking, ever. However, he hasn’t proven consistent enough in practice to gain the confidence of the team, and Brown is running out of time to do so.

Can the Bengals Take Advantage of Josh Allen's Start?
The Bengals are set to take on the Bills in Week 3, but the attention will not be on Cincinnati. The Bills announced that rookie quarterback Josh Allen will start their third preseason game against the Bengals. Allen is an enigmatic prospect to say the least, and this will be his first NFL start.

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