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Bengals News (10/10): Talking about tempo

Zac Taylor and Andy Dalton discuss the importance of tempo for the Bengals’ offense.

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Bengals O-Line Buckles Up Again
If you want to know why the Bengals are grinding into the sixth game, you only had to eavesdrop on offensive coordinator Brian Callahan’s conversation with the media after Wednesday’s practice. It involved another change at left guard and the grooming of yet another left tackle. When arguably the most important position on the team is dealing with those factors heading in the sixth week, it’s a tough deal whether you’re playing in Baltimore on Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) or anywhere else.

Quick Hits: Price Gets Nod at LG; Redmond In Mix At Back-up LT; Rodney Anderson On Comeback Trail Again
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor announced what could be a new left side of the offensive line for Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Baltimore when he said right guard Alex Redmond is a candidate to start at left tackle if Andre Smith (ankle) can’t go. He also said Billy Price gets the start at left guard in place of rookie Michael Jordan.

Andy Dalton, Zac Taylor Discuss Tempo, Scheme and the Ravens
“From an injury standpoint, Alex Erickson is still going through the concussion protocol. It looks like he’s making good progress, but he still has to clear all the protocols. Glasgow (DT Ryan Glasgow), right now, will be day-to-day. We’ll have to see how he gets through the week. He had some fluid drained, and we have to see where he’s at with that. With Andre Smith, we’ll have to evaluate him through the week. He’s got an issue with his ankle, so they’ll put him in a boot today. We’ll have to see how his week goes, and take it from there. Those are the newer (injuries) from this past weekend.

Taylor-Made Takes: “We’re doing whatever we can to win this game. That’s where all our efforts are.”
When Geoff Hobson of sat down with Zac Taylor this week, there wasn’t a yard sale sign to be found. He says there’s no talk of a fire sale and the only flame burns for a win in Baltimore. He also reflected on a phone call with Bengals Super Bowl head coach Sam Wyche, plus advice he got from one of his old coaches and the man he calls “my best resource.”

Bengals Sign Mabin To Practice Squad
Mabin (6-2, 200), a third-year player out of the University of Iowa, had spent the last two weeks on the Bengals’ active roster. He signed with Cincinnati on Sept. 25, played in Game 4 at Pittsburgh (no statistics) and was inactive for Sunday’s game vs. Arizona, and then was waived on Monday.

Bengals leaning on strong connections while trying to snap winless start
He talked to wide receiver Tyler Boyd, stopped for an exchange with quarterback Andy Dalton near the showers and even made a quick visit to see A.J. Green, the team’s star wide receiver who has missed the whole season with an injury.

A.J. Green trade fits: Pats, Bills among those who could use WR
A.J. Green ranks second in Bengals franchise history in catches (602), receiving yards (8,907) and touchdown receptions (63). He ranks in the top six in each category in the NFL since 2011, when he was selected fourth overall. Though he's been dogged by injuries the past couple of years, he's been one of the better pass-catchers in the game for nearly a decade.

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Bengals, Titans and Raiders add their quarterbacks of the future
Everyone has assumed that the Miami Dolphins would receive the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Although it may ultimately end up that way, it is far from determined. The Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets are all still looking for their first win heading into Week 6. Let's play out a scenario in which Miami does not pick first.

Are Bengals headed to their first winless season?
Sam Wyche, Dave Shula, Bruce Coslet, Dick LeBeau and Marvin Lewis all were part of 0-5 openings in Cincinnati during that 28-year span. Shula did it twice and set the franchise record by losing the first 10 games in 1993. Coslet and LeBeau combined on an 0-6 start in 2000, when Coslet quit after three games. LeBeau had an 0-7 start in 2002. Lewis’ team went 0-8 in 2008.

Around the league

Richard Sherman to apologize to QB Baker Mayfield
Sherman created a stir when he told columnist Michael Silver after his team's 31-3 win that Mayfield did not shake his hand before the coin toss. After the publishing of the column, video surfaced that showed Mayfield slapping hands with Sherman before the coin toss, then running to his sideline after the referee picked up the coin.

Rams RB Todd Gurley day-to-day with thigh contusion
"I think we just want to take it a day at a time. A lot of these conversations entail how's he feeling, what kind of progress does he make throughout the course of the week," McVay added. "But fortunately for us, we've got some depth at that position. We've talked about it, whether it's this week at some point, the confidence we have in Malcolm (Brown), but then there's also going to be a time we rely on Darrell Henderson, and it might end up being this week."

NFL upholds Vontaze Burfict's season-long suspension
Originally suspended Sept. 30 for his hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle (with a second illegal hit on running back Nyheim Hines later coming to the forefront), Burfict's first season with the Raiders is now over. He was a team captain and starting linebacker who had 18 tackles in four games. Burfict, who missed Sunday's game against the Bears, filed an appeal, but any and all hopes of rejoining Oakland this year have now been expunged.

Flores: Josh Rosen is Dolphins QB for rest of season
Despite the subpar outings, it makes sense for the Dolphins, who traded a second-round pick for the QB, to give Rosen a long leash to see how the former first-round pick can develop. The world knows what journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick is, now Miami needs to see if Rosen can become a player worth keeping.