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Bengals News (4/25): Players catching on to new defensive scheme

The Bengals defense was so bad last season that Marvin Lewis had take care of it himself. It seems this season will be different.

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Bengals Defense Breaks Fast

Lou Anarumo, the Bengals’ first-year defensive coordinator, wears his hometown on his sleeve. But he’s also put it in his evolving playbook. Call it “The Staten Island Flurry,” a defense that relies on a no-nonsense directness, candor and borough bluntness that plays well in a slice of New York City that can take the tides into New Jersey while sightseeing around the Statue of Liberty.

Voluntary Mini Camp | Day 2 Images

Check out the best images from day two of the Bengals’ voluntary minicamp.

Bengals Exercise Option To Extend Contract of William Jackson

Jackson, a fourth-year player in 2019, has played in 31 games with 21 starts. Last season, he started 16 games and totaled 41 tackles, and his 13 passes defensed led the team.

Everything You Need To Know About the 2019 NFL Draft

The Bengals will have 11 selections when the draft begins Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET. The draft, which is being held for the first time in Nashville, Tenn., continues Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (noon) on ESPN, NFL Network and ABC.

Bengals Booth Podcast: You’re The One I Want

In the latest edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast, broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham preview the 2019 NFL Draft.

Bengals Draft Preview, part 3: Final draft boards

When the smoke screens and misdirection rumors start, that’s when NFL teams finalize their draft boards. It’s also when the good hints and rumors become real.

Cincinnati Bengals notes: William Jackson contract, John Ross status, Carl Lawson recovery

In a highly anticipated move, the Cincinnati Bengals picked up the fifth-year team option on cornerback William Jackson III’s contract.

Uncertainty surrounds top of draft for Cincinnati Bengals

This year shapes up to go down unlike many in recent history due to the positions not available at the top of the draft, those that are and the extreme wild-card of quarterbacks nobody is quite sold on.

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Daniel Jeremiah 2019 NFL mock draft 4.0: Redskins land Haskins

This is my seventh year covering the draft for NFL Media and this is by far the most challenging first round I’ve tried to project. There’s more misinformation and less solid info known about teams’ interest in prospects than I can recall encountering in past years. I do expect we’ll see a lot of movement on Thursday, especially in the back half of the opening round. Get your popcorn ready!

DA declines to charge Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill in child abuse case

A Kansas county prosecutor declined to charge Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or his fiancee with a crime Wednesday in a domestic incident that involved their 3-year-old child.

Ben Roethlisberger agrees to two-year extension

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Big Ben’s extension is worth $68 million in the two new years of the deal and includes a $37.5 million signing bonus.