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Bengals Bytes (9/27): Getting off the field is a focus for the defense

The Bengals third down defense has struggled, and they are looking for ways to fix it.

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Matchup Of The Game: No Caution Light At This Corner
This one on Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) is that five-star-Pro-Bowl-Hall-of-Fame matchup between wide receivers A.J. Green of the Bengals and Julio Jones of the Falcons. But the key player of all just may be Dennard, Michigan State’s after-thought recruit from the dusty hamlet of Dry Branch, Ga., shoved about an hour away from the game in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Notebook: Locker Room Knows Washington's Talent; Block And Tackle
This is the kind of league it is. As back-up nose tackle Josh Tupou expounded on the skills of his locker mate Ryan Glasgow before Wednesday’s practice, he motioned next door and saw that defensive tackle Adolphus Washington’s name plate was already on Glasgow’s locker. It doesn’t take long. On Wednesday morning the Bengals signed Washington off the Cowboys practice squad as they were ending Glasgow’s season on injured reserve with a torn ACL.

Quick Hits: Green, Mixon Appear On Field; A.J. Designated 'limited'; Mixon, Price DNP
In his first practice opportunity since injuring his groin in Sunday’s game in Carolina, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green emerged for Wednesday’s practice like the rest of his mates in full pads and a helmet and stretched with them before going to the rehab field as Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis officially designated him 'limited,' for the day with a pelvis injury.

Bengals Sign Adolphus Washington, Glasgow Placed on Reserve/Injured List
Washington (6-4, 303), a third-year player out of Ohio State University, originally was a third-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2016 (selected 80th overall). He played in 31 games (21 starts) for the Bills, including Game 1 this season, and totaled 56 tackles and 3.5 sacks. The Bills waived him on Sept. 11, and he signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad on Sept. 18. He is a Cincinnati native (Taft High School).

Cincinnati Bengals have five starters from University of Georgia
Wide receiver A.J. Green, offensive linemen Clint Boling and Cordy Glenn, safety Shawn Williams and defensive tackle Geno Atkins are among the quietest guys in the Bengals locker room, but there will be no blending in for them on Sunday as they enjoy a homecoming of sorts.

Third-down defense top priority for Bengals
Marvin Lewis has been around long enough that any time a statistic ends up the worst during his 16-year tenure in Cincinnati, it’s significant. When it’s a stat he’s referenced after nearly every one of his 250 career games a head coach, it’s Topic 1A.

Cincinnati Bengals sign Adolphus Washington
Washington (6-foot-4, 303 pounds), a third-year player, is a Cincinnati native and graduate of Taft High School. Originally a third-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2016, he played in 31 games with 21 starts for the Bills, including Game 1 this season, and totaled 56 tackles and 3.5 sacks. The Bills waived him on Sept. 11, and he signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad on Sept. 18.

Random Bytes

Texans Announce Safety Andre Hal's Hodgkin Lymphoma Is in Remission
Houston Texans safety Andre Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in May, but as of Wednesday he's in remission, according to statements from both Hal and the team's physician.

Ezekiel Elliott Says Cowboys Losing Early Is Why He's Not Getting More Carries
"I mean you can do all of that but at the end of the day if you go back and watch the film, it's poor execution on offense," Elliott said when explaining he won't ask for more carries, per Todd Archer of ESPN. "You can't run the ball if you're down by 17 points. That's what it is. We get behind, we've got to be able to throw the ball and not be able to do what we want to do."

Saints Receiver Michael Thomas Is Here to Make History, Not to Be Famous
There will be no digging deep into his upbringing, no reliving childhood trauma that molded him into who he is. "I'll write that story," Thomas says, sternly, only briefly touching on the back-to-back deaths of a grandmother and great aunt. When asked what traits those two sisters passed on to him, Thomas fidgets in his chair and refuses to go there.

Marcus Peters Questionable for Week 4 vs. Vikings Due to Calf Injury
Peters, 25, was injured during the Rams' 35-23 Week 3 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Peters was diagnosed with a calf strain and was expected to miss between two and four weeks.

Patriots' Rex Burkhead, Ja'Whaun Bentley Headed to IR, Signing Kenjon Barner
The New England Patriots are placing running back Rex Burkhead (neck) and linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley (unknown) on injured reserve, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: The Victims of the NFL's Overprotective QB Rules
Hayes was injured while doing what looked like yoga moves to avoid putting his body weight on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. You can clearly see on the play that Hayes shifted his body weight to comply with the NFL's new and absurd roughing-the-passer rule. As he twisted his body, his knee bent awkwardly, and he tore his ACL.

Matchup Of The Game: No Caution Light At This Corner
This one on Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) is that five-star-Pro-Bowl-Hall-of-Fame matchup between wide receivers A.J. Green of the Bengals and Julio Jones of the Falcons. But the key player of all just may be Dennard, Michigan State’s after-thought recruit from the dusty hamlet of Dry Branch, Ga., shoved about an hour away from the game in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Notebook: Locker Room Knows Washington's Talent; Block And Tackle
This is the kind of league it is. As back-up nose tackle Josh Tupou expounded on the skills of his locker mate Ryan Glasgow before Wednesday’s practice, he motioned next door and saw that defensive tackle Adolphus Washington’s name plate was already on Glasgow’s locker. It doesn’t take long. On Wednesday morning the Bengals signed Washington off the Cowboys practice squad as they were ending Glasgow’s season on injured reserve with a torn ACL.

Quick Hits: Green, Mixon Appear On Field; A.J. Designated 'limited'; Mixon, Price DNP
In his first practice opportunity since injuring his groin in Sunday’s game in Carolina, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green emerged for Wednesday’s practice like the rest of his mates in full pads and a helmet and stretched with them before going to the rehab field as Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis officially designated him 'limited,' for the day with a pelvis injury.

Bengals Sign Adolphus Washington, Glasgow Placed on Reserve/Injured List
Washington (6-4, 303), a third-year player out of Ohio State University, originally was a third-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2016 (selected 80th overall). He played in 31 games (21 starts) for the Bills, including Game 1 this season, and totaled 56 tackles and 3.5 sacks. The Bills waived him on Sept. 11, and he signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad on Sept. 18. He is a Cincinnati native (Taft High School).

Cincinnati Bengals have five starters from University of Georgia
Wide receiver A.J. Green, offensive linemen Clint Boling and Cordy Glenn, safety Shawn Williams and defensive tackle Geno Atkins are among the quietest guys in the Bengals locker room, but there will be no blending in for them on Sunday as they enjoy a homecoming of sorts.

Third-down defense top priority for Bengals
Marvin Lewis has been around long enough that any time a statistic ends up the worst during his 16-year tenure in Cincinnati, it’s significant. When it’s a stat he’s referenced after nearly every one of his 250 career games a head coach, it’s Topic 1A.

Cincinnati Bengals sign Adolphus Washington
Washington (6-foot-4, 303 pounds), a third-year player, is a Cincinnati native and graduate of Taft High School. Originally a third-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2016, he played in 31 games with 21 starts for the Bills, including Game 1 this season, and totaled 56 tackles and 3.5 sacks. The Bills waived him on Sept. 11, and he signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad on Sept. 18.