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Bengals Bytes (8/3): Carl Lawson has built in inspiration system with his girlfriend

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Carl Lawson doesn’t have to look far for inspiration. is girlfriend is preparing for a challenge of her athleticism as well, the Olympics.

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No kidding around at wide receiver
Tyler Boyd called Thursday morning’s release of Brandon LaFell “mind-blowing.” In fact, Boyd, said, it was so surprising that “I don’t think even A.J. saw it coming.” But A.J. Green, the seven-time Pro Bowler and the end-all and be-all in the Bengals wide receivers room, has seen it before.

Camp report: Dean Dalton ready for next generation of receivers
It became official Thursday morning when Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis surprised everyone with the release of veteran wide receiver Brandon LaFell. Including management, which had already paid him $1.2 million this year in a March bonus and off-season work-out bonuses.

Bengals DE looks to Olympic-hopeful girlfriend for inspiration - Cincinnati Bengals Blog- ESPN
CINCINNATI -- When Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson first laid eyes on Rachel Dincoff at an Auburn Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting five years ago, he turned to teammate Peyton Barber and couldn’t stop talking about the pretty girl across the room.

Receiver Brandon LaFell released by the Cincinnati Bengals
It was a rare move for the Bengals to cut a veteran starter in training camp, especially since LaFell had already been paid a $1.25 million roster bonus in March. The Bengals also liked how he worked with A.J. Green and how he acted as a mentor to the younger players.

Bengals veterans also at risk after Brandon LaFell’s release
LaFell requested his release, per a report. He wasn’t likely long for the roster anyway given the depth at the position and we’ve constantly beat the drum he was a cut candidate either way.

Day 7 observations from Cincinnati Bengals camp
LaFell’s release and injuries to Josh Malone (hamstring) and Auden Tate (concussion) resulted in more reps for players lower on the depth chart, and Cody Core took full advantage. The third-year receiver from Mississippi, who has 17 career catches for 200 yards and no touchdowns, caught three TDs Thursday, including one while running with the first team in a red-zone drill.

Bengals' Josh Tupou: Seen wearing knee brace
It was originally reported that Tupou suffered an ankle injury during Wednesday's practice, but it's now been discovered that it was his knee. Getting carted off the field is still definitely not a good sign for defensive lineman, and depending on the severity of the injury, Tupou's chances of making the Bengals' final roster could be even lower than they were entering training camp.

Bengals Prefer Veteran Special Teamers During Camp
Special teams, though less important than offense or defense, has been a struggle for the Bengals in recent years. Aside from punter Kevin Huber, who has been nothing short of exemplary in Cincinnati, the Bengals haven’t found reliable contributors on special teams. The team’s kicking woes have been clearly enumerated in recent years, but the return game has been just as bad.

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