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Bengals News (4/17): Zac Taylor continues the hype train

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Zac Taylor talked with the Bengals’ season ticket holders and business partners about the upcoming season.

Cincinnati Bengals Introduce Zac Taylor Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Who will Bengals draft? History tells story of interior offensive line

Middle of the pack. The Bengals invested at these positions with both free agency and draft capital. Billy Price was the team’s first-round pick a year ago and despite an uneven and injury-riddled rookie year, he’s locked in for the long haul. John Miller was signed from Buffalo and is expected to start at right guard on a three-year, $15M deal. Veteran Clint Boling is penciled in at left guard, but he’ll have company from a collection of young players in contract years fighting for his gig. The future of the left guard spot would be at play in this draft.

Taylor Fires Up The Base
Zac Taylor doesn’t coach his first Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium until August. But he already had the faithful leaving the building a week before the draft pumped up Tuesday night after a question-and-answer session among season ticket holders and business partners gathered in a club lounge featuring a sun setting behind the downtown Cincinnati skyline as Taylor’s reign begins to rise.

Senior Moment For Dunlap as Bengals Defense Swirls In Change
Carlos Dunlap, who begins his 10th season second on the Bengals’ all-time sack list just 11.5 away from breaking Eddie Edwards’ franchise record of 83.5, is also second on this roster for career games played on offense or defense with 134. That’s just three games shy of the leader, Dunlap’s draft classmate and defensive linemate Geno Atkins, and shows you the scope of change shooting through the defensive depth chart.

Who will the Bengals draft? The great quarterback debate
Fifth. Really, this could be higher. It’s one of the hardest to place due to the uncertainty surrounding it going forward. The Bengals would love Andy Dalton’s game to rise to 2015 levels under Zac Taylor. And I truly believe Taylor does like how Dalton fits his system. They would happily reward him with a large contract if he can play at those highest levels he’s shown in the past.

Cincinnati Bengals hosting Florida OT Jawaan Taylor
Taylor started the majority of games he played in during his time as a Gator, and impressed as soon as he stepped on campus in 2016. He garnered Freshman All-American honors by ESPN.com, FWAA and Pro Football Focus, and was also selected to the Freshman All-SEC Team.

2019 NFL mock draft: Cincinnati Bengals draft Drew Lock
The 2019 NFL Draft will kick off on April 25, as the first round will be the start of an exciting three-day event that will make or break the 2019 season for some teams. The Arizona Cardinals won only three games last season, and have the first overall pick, so all eyes will be on them as we inch closer to the end of the month.

Report: Bengals tried out former Dallas RB Rod Smith
Although they have a few steady options in the backfield, the team is seemingly looking to add one more. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Bengals tried out Rod Smith, the former Dallas Cowboys running back.

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