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Bengals Bytes (8/9): All eyes will be on the offensive line

The Bengals offensive line will be examined more than any unit during tonight’s preseason game.

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New O-line goes on-line
In the most sweeping off-season playbook changes engineered by Marvin Lewis in his 16 years head-coaching the Bengals, all eyes are on the biggest change of them all when the rehabbed, revamped and what many believe is a re-energized offensive line takes its bow in Thursday night’s pre-season opener (7-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) against the Bears at Paul Brown Stadium.

5 things to watch for in Cincinnati Bengals preseason opener
Look for the majority of the Bengals starters to play one series, maybe two if the first is a three and out. Head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed Tuesday that linebacker Vontaze Burfict will not play with just two practices under his belt after coming off the Non-Football Injury list. It’s unlikely tight end Tyler Eifert will play any snaps as well.

Blockers in the spotlight as Bengals open preseason vs Bears
The line became the offseason priority after the Bengals (7-9) finished last in the NFL on offense for the first time in franchise history. The line was the biggest problem, creating few holes for running backs and giving Andy Dalton little time to throw.

A.J. Bouye: Bengals’ William Jackson is a top 5 CB
Take Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye, for example. When one of the NFL’s top corners was asked to name the top five at his position, he didn’t hesitate to bring up Jackson, per Sports Illustrated’s Jonathan Jones:

Lakota West grad excited for opportunity with Cincinnati Bengals
Standing on the field inside Paul Brown Stadium for his first practice as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday morning, Hamilton native Kayaune Ross’ eyes were drawn to a specific spot — the section he sat in five years ago as a fan watching his hometown team upset the New England Patriots.

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