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Bengals Bytes (8/6): Cincinnati’s defenders concerned over impact of the new rules

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Some of the Bengals bigger hitters are concerned that the new rules will change everything in a bad way.

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Hobson's Choice: Camping out for opener
What was uncharacteristic about the move isn’t that they cut LaFell with a year left on his deal, but that they did it after paying him a $1 million bonus this March and $200,000 to work out this offseason. So that tells me LaFell wasn’t exactly enamored with the unfolding role of being a backup for the kids if they didn’t work out. Like I say, he was a nice security blanket since John Ross, Josh Malone and Cody Core have combined for 23 NFL catches. But I agree with you. The kids seem better suited for what offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is trying to do and, let’s face it. It’s time. They’ve invested in the picks, they need LaFell’s snaps, let’s go.

Bengals' big hitters wary of new helmet rule
Bengals safeties George Iloka (340) and Shawn Williams (161) have combined for more than 500 NFL tackles and after a team meeting with a band of officials Thursday night, they have no idea if they’ll get thrown out of a game for the next one.

Bengals training camp: Week 2 storyline and rookie to watch
Rookie watch: Third-round pick Sam Hubbard has shown some impressive burst off the edge already. While he has a huge mountain to climb when it comes to earning snaps on a defensive line as deep as the Geno Atkins-led unit, continued strong play could make it tough for veterans like Michael Johnson to avoid being cut — especially after the team was more than willing to show Brandon LaFell the door at an equally deep position.

3 Studs and Duds from Bengals Training Camp So Far
Now that training camp has been going on for a while, the real standouts of training camp have started to emerge. For the Bengals there are definitely some clear risers in 2018. Whether it’s a new coaching staff, a strong offseason trading regiment, or just the right mindset, there are a few guys who have separated themselves from the team. Now that preseason games are almost here, it’s time to recognize the players who have stood out in Bengals training camp – in a good or bad way.

NFL referees meet with Bengals on new helmet, catch rules
Veteran referee Carl Cheffers and a group of officials met with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday to present a video on the rule changes for this season and to discuss any questions they might have. The majority of the meeting – the media got a review session Friday as well – was spent focusing on what now determines a catch and the new helmet rule.

Bengals position battle updates
Rest assured the live action against a real opponent will upend much about what we know about an ever-changing roster, which added three new free agents and claimed a player off waivers over the weekend. For now, this is where the most interesting battles stand.

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