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Bengals News (12/19): Tyler Boyd and Stephon Gilmore are still talking

The Bengals loss to the Patriots left a bad taste in Tyler Boyd’s mouth, and now Stephon Gilmore is responding

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Cincinnati again could land Joe Burrow. No way this gets messed up. Right?
The University of Cincinnati football Bearcats are in the midst of signing the highest-rated class in recent memory (and highest in the “Group of Five”) and are headed to the Birmingham Bowl where they’re 7-point favorites over Boston College.

A.J. Green vows for more Pro Bowls with the Bengals.
With a dozen days left in the decade, an interesting tableau played out in the Bengals locker room Wednesday involving A.J. Green and Geno Atkins, the two Bengals players from this decade that should end the next in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Quick Hits: A.J. Green On His Injury: We Wouldn't Be 1-and-Where-We're-At; Dunlap Breaks Down Geno
The A.J. Green watch has now lurched into the offseason even though there are two games left. He’s now looking at his training schedule after coming to terms with not playing this season and being given a clean bill of health for workouts heading into next season. He’s simply not at 100 percent and he’s not going try it at less than that. He figures he’s at 80 percent and will be full go to start a regular off-season regimen.

Zac Taylor and Andy Dalton spoke with the media to preview the Bengals Week 16 game against the Miami Dolphins
“It’s Dolphins week. We had a good walkthrough already. Guys are locked in and ready to go. We’re fired up and relatively healthy coming out of the last game. John Miller is still dealing with a concussion, so he’s going through the protocol and is day-to-day right now. Other than that, we came out pretty healthy, and most guys will be able to practice these next couple of days.”

Taylor Made Takes: Head Coach Zac Taylor breaks down Dolphins and building upon the team's core
“There were opportunities where we could have gone and built a bigger lead in the second quarter, and we didn’t capitalize on those opportunities. That’s something that playoff teams do, championship teams do, and we’ve got to get to that level.”

Another 1K season could pay off for Bengals' Joe Mixon
And suddenly, the leader of the Bengals' rushing attack is positioned to carry the most leverage into the offseason. After an unproductive start to the season, Mixon needs 75 yards to surpass 1,000 rushing yards for the second consecutive season.

Stephon Gilmore Uses Two Simple Words To Roast Bengals WR Tyler Boyd
Gilmore was his usual dominant self Sunday, picking off two passes while returning one for a score in the New England Patriots’ victory over the Bengals. So, it was a surprise when Cincinnati wideout Tyler Boyd confidently claimed he “won” his matchup with Gilmore — an assertion his own head coach disagreed with.

As franchise tag hovers, A.J. Green fears Bengals' lack of commitment
On Wednesday, Green was asked by local reporters about his future with Cincinnati once his four-year, $60 million deal expires at the end of this season. The injured 31-year-old said he understands the franchise tag and its projected value of $18 million in 2020.

Around the league

Jaguars fire Tom Coughlin as VP of football operations
"Within the past hour I informed Tom Coughlin that he was being relieved of his duties as executive vice president of football operations of the Jacksonville Jaguars, effective this evening," Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement released shortly after 7 p.m. ET. "I determined earlier this fall that making this move at the conclusion of the 2019 season would be in everyone's best interests but, in recent days, I reconsidered and decided to make this change immediately. I thank Tom for his efforts, not only over the past three years but for all he did from our very first season, 25 years ago, to put the Jacksonville Jaguars on the map. General manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone will each report to me on an interim basis. My expectations, and those of our fans, for our final two games and the 2020 season are high."

Haskins: 'I throw up' watching NFL debut vs. Giants
After several gruesome outings to open, Haskins has improved, showing flashes of development that should buoy his 2020 outlook. While he gets rattled in the pocket, the past few weeks, the rookie has been quicker with his decision making, less reluctant to fire the ball into tight spaces, and had fewer wayward passes.

Trubisky knows Mahomes, Watson comps won't stop
"You just play your game and find a way to win for your team," Trubisky said Wednesday in advance of Sunday's game against Mahomes' Kansas Chiefs, via the Chicago Sun-Times. "The comparisons are out there, and they are never going to stop. Me, Pat and Deshaun [Watson] are kind of all grouped together because we're in the same draft class, drafted in the first round and all that."

Terrell Suggs: Hard to turn down Chiefs with Mahomes
"I was really uncertain about my future last week, but I talked to coach and it was a brief conversation and I was like, 'OK,'" Suggs said Wednesday, via "I asked coach, 'I just learned the hard way that a player like me just (doesn't) fit in anywhere. He was like, 'Trust me, you'll fit in here.'"