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Bengals Bytes (9/22): The rise of Jordan Willis

Jordan Willis is looking to become the latest impact defensive lineman in what’s already a loaded group of them in Cincinnati.

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Willis Latest On-line With D-line
Jordan Willis' demeanor is unmistakably workmanlike, so blue collar that Bill Snyder, the high-minded patriarch of Kansas State football, called Willis the program’s ultimate player. “Jordan Willis just wants to play football. He wants to be productive and wants to be looked at as a great football player,” Lewis said.

Quick Hits: Hart Deals With Illness But Signs OK: Mixon Steps Up To Treadmill
Right tackle Bobby Hart missed Thursday’s practice with an illness, but all signs point to him playing Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Carolina. It’s a little bit more unclear with two defensive starters when right end Michael Johnson (knee) and middle linebacker Preston Brown (ankle) were limited for the second straight day.

3 Things to Watch – at Carolina
While fans are enthusiastic that the Bengals are one of seven teams who are 2-0 after week two, head coach Marvin Lewis and the team understand that Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers presents a tough road challenge.

What to Look For Across the NFL - Week 3
Green, who has four touchdown receptions through two games, needs two touchdowns at Carolina (1:00 PM ET, CBS) to become the fourth player in the Super Bowl era to record six touchdown catches through his team’s first three games of a season.

Surprise Unbeatens: Breaking Down the Broncos, Bengals, Bucs and Dolphins
Less than a week of training camp was in the books before Broncos coach Vance Joseph put into words what he’d been thinking. His audience was senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak, who was Joseph’s boss during Case Keenum’s two seasons as a Texan. His point was built off shared experience with their new/old quarterback, and just how far the quarterback had come from Point A to Point B.

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It's Must Win Time for The Ravens 09/20/2018
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Fantasy fallout: Can Josh Gordon, Aaron Jones become game-changers?
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