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Bengals News (5/15): Cincinnati prepares to head to OTAs

The Bengals new coaching staff is looking forward to being allowed to do a little bit more during practice.

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Bengals Eye Next Phase As Practice Beckons
With the first practice of spring set for Monday, new Bengals head coach Zac Taylor’s installation on both sides of the ball has been on fast forward. Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan figures 85 percent of his scheme has been installed while seven-year safety Shawn Williams, the Generalissimo of the secondary now that George “General,” Iloka is gone, puts defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo’s playbook at 90 percent complete.

WATCH: Ventell Bryant highlights and film footage
One of those was bringing on Temple wide receiver Ventell Bryant, a 6’3″ target who put up 690 yards and three scores last season and for his career averaged 14.1 yards per catch.

RB Rodney Anderson eyes return for Cincinnati Bengals training camp
The rookie running back selected in the sixth round of last month's NFL Draft went to the same high school, Katy High near Houston, as quarterback Andy Dalton. And he played at Oklahoma with running back Joe Mixon and linebacker Jordan Evans after he initially verbally committed to Texas A&M, where he would have teamed up with fellow Bengals draft pick and running back Trayveon Williams.

Bengals notebook: Tyler Eifert 'doing pretty much everything'
"I'm doing pretty much everything," said Eifert, who underwent surgery in October to repair a gruesome broken ankle. "There's a couple things here and there but for the most part it's all doing everything with the guys."

Drew Sample earns strong review coming out of Bengals rookie minicamp
After trading down, Sample was still widely viewed as a reach. Zac Taylor and Co. obviously felt differently but the only thing that will silence detractors of the pick is Sample’s play on the field.

Cincinnati Bengals rookie Germaine Pratt eager to learn
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Pratt, a linebacker from N.C. State, in the third round. The last few weeks, he admittedly has reverted back to his childhood dreamworld more than a few times.

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Niners expected to sign TE Levine Toilolo
A former fourth-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2013, Toilolo spent the 2018 campaign in Detroit. The 27-year-old compiled 21 catches for 263 yards and one touchdown, but became the Lions top tight end by the end of the season.

Jags' Campbell, Jack support Telvin Smith's decision
"I was able to speak to him a little bit you know and that was good for me," Campbell said, via The Florida Times Union. "He's an incredible guy, knows the game of football. When he says he needs a moment, need some time, you have to respect that. This is guy that dedicated his life to the game and has for a long time. I'm here for him."

NFL weighs in on Pelicans getting No. 1 NBA pick
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Colts LB Darius Leonard recovering from ankle surgery
Given that timetable, the linebacker will likely miss all of organized team activities, which begin next Tuesday, and mandatory minicamp, but should be ready to return for the start of training camp in late July.