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Bengals Bytes (8/30): Behind the scenes of how the Bengals got deals done with two of their best players

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How Katie and Troy Blackburn sealed the future of the Bengals defensive line.

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That time of year
Katie Blackburn, the Bengals executive vice president who was on the way to the elevator, cancelled her golf match. Troy Blackburn, Katie’s husband and fellow VP who usually tries to get a run in during the late afternoon, was still business casual. Geno Atkins’ wife, who is a nurse, moved back her shift.

ESPN’s David Pollack talks college football, Urban Meyer, Bengals career – The Athletic
The former Georgia All-American and Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick on life after his injury, the Urban Meyer saga, and what happened during the Bengals 2005 playoff game.

How Katie and Troy Blackburn created one of biggest days in Bengals front office history – The Athletic
CINCINNATI – The Bengals front office made not one but two major signings on Tuesday by extending the contracts of defensive stalwarts Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap. Here's how it happened.

3 Things To Watch: Colts at Bengals
Players looking to make the 53-man roster try to make a final impression when the Bengals play the Colts Thursday (7 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in the final pre-season game of 2018.

Barkley-Driskel derby highlights roster jousts in finale
The numbers would say the Bengals back-up quarterback job is Jeff Drisklel’s to lose in Thursday night’s pre-season finale (7 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) against the Colts at Paul Brown Stadium in the last outing before they cut 33 players on Saturday.

Game Day Info: Colts at Bengals
Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Bengals Ticket Hotline at (513) 621-8383, online at or by visiting the Paul Brown Stadium ticket office. The Bengals Ticket Hotline and ticket office hours are from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets may be purchased 24/7 through Fans can call the Bengals Ticket Hotline or chat with a ticket representative online if they have any questions.

Mixon: yards are there
Bengals running back Joe Mixon knows his second season is supposed to be his break-out year. His 1.8 yards per attempt in the preseason? After coaches displayed 11 cut-ups from the running game in Sunday’s win in Buffalo, Mixon is more convinced than ever.

Cincinnati Bengals: Preseason finale could decide final roster
Cincinnati (3-0) is coming off a 26-13 win over Buffalo, thanks to a 20-0 halftime lead produced by the first-team units, and the Colts are 2-1 this preseason after collecting a 23-17 win at San Francisco last week. The teams will meet 10 days later in the regular-season opener Sept. 9 in Indy.

Geno Atkins of Cincinnati Bengals says important to finish career there
Atkins, 30, signed a four-year contract extension on Tuesday that could keep him in Cincinnati into retirement if he doesn't play past age 34. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the $16.3 million yearly average is the highest given to a non-quarterback who is 30 or older.

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