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Bengals News (12/24): True leadership

Tyler Boyd has been showing he is a player fans can be excited about for years to come.

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Guest TML: 10 things from Bengals-Dolphins and No. 1 pick in 2020 NFL Draft
Good morning, Mobsters. It is a good morning. The Men showed a ton of fight and nearly beat the openly tanking Miami Dolphins while guaranteeing the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. How we lookin’? It depends on how you view The Family and the ability to adapt to the modern model of using a QB on a rookie deal and spending elsewhere.

Quick Hits: A.J. Green's roster spot needed for the regular season finale.
For the third time in four seasons (hamstring, great toe, ankle), A.J. Green, the Bengals’ best player, finished the season on injured reserve Monday. They hope the next time he surfaces on transactions it’s announcing a new long-term contact, but first things first.

A.J. Green placed on the Reserve/Injured list, Bengals sign LB Sharif Finch
Finch (6-4, 250), a second-year player out of Temple University, originally was a college free agent signee of the Titans in 2018. He has played in 23 games (three starts) for Tennessee over the past two seasons, recording 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on defense. He also had nine special teams tackles over that span.

What Zac Taylor Said Heading Into The Final Week Of The Regular Season
“From an injury standpoint, Will Jackson reinjured that shoulder, so they’re going to do some MRIs this afternoon. We’ll make a decision tomorrow on the best way to proceed. Stanley Morgan and Tony McRae are both in the concussion protocol from yesterday. Both took tough hits there. We will put A.J. Green on IR (Reserve/Injured) this week. I know we’re here in Week 17 making that decision, but that’s just the way the cards have been played this year. We’ll put him on IR.”

Bengals Booth Podcast: Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham recap the Week 16 game against the Miami Dolphins
In the latest Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham break down the Week 16 game against the Miami Dolphins with postgame analysis, interviews and highlights.

Andy Dalton was 33 of 56 for 396 yards and four touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins.
Fejedelem thought he played for the Packers, but Williams was thinking of the NBA Reggie Miller that microwaved three-point baskets at will for the Pacers of the ‘90s and that’s what Andy Dalton was doing in what looked to be his final 6:11 road stand as the Bengals quarterback.

Tyler Boyd proving to be a leader for rebuilding Bengals
He had to get up. Fighting a cramp, he staggered to the line of scrimmage and avoided a 10-second runoff that would have ended Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton spiked the ball and then threw a 25-yard touchdown pass at the end of regulation, capping a 23-point comeback to send the game into overtime.

Dolphins sign Samaje Perine off Bengals’ practice squad
The Dolphins, who traded running back Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals in October, have had a turnstile at the position this season. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is their leading rusher with 228 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 49 carries.

Andy Dalton slams happy Bengals fans after team secures No. 1 draft pick with loss
After falling into a 35-12 hole midway through the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins, the Bengals rallied and forced overtime behind three quick touchdowns and two two-point conversions.

Bengals place A.J. Green on injured reserve ahead of season finale, putting an end to a puzzling situation -
Almost every week, first-year head coach Zac Taylor would be asked about the status of his star receiver, and he would usually answer that Green just wasn't ready yet. Green would appear to be making progress, finally return to the practice field and then suffer some sort of setback. It's a wonder why the Bengals didn't make this decision earlier in the season.

Around the league

Marshawn Lynch visiting Seahawks amid RB injuries
The former star Seahawks running back is taking a trip back to his old Pacific Northwest stomping grounds for a meeting with the franchise that once employed him through two runs to the Super Bowl, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

LB Leighton Vander Esch undergoes neck surgery
Vander Esch has had recurring neck issues dating back to his college days at Boise State. The linebacker wears a restrictor to keep his range of motion under control while playing, but suffered a stinger during the 2019 season. Issues with his neck and back limited him to nine games during the campaign.

Ravens to sit Lamar Jackson, key starters in Week 17
MVP frontrunner quarterback Lamar Jackson is the most notable albeit expected name on a list that also includes running back Mark Ingram, safety Earl Thomas, guard Marshal Yanda and defensive end Brandon Williams.

Steelers QB Mason Rudolph to miss multiple weeks
Rudolph entered Sunday's game in the second quarter trailing 10-0 and battled the Steelers to a 10-10 tie. The shoulder injury, however, forced Hodges back into the game, and the offense went back in the tank as Pittsburgh fell, 16-10.