Roster Re-Set For Bengals Return To Practice
While the buzz surrounds potential deployment of the offensive line (will the real position of first-round pick Jonah Williams please stand up?), another local note is how the Bengals scoured for leadership in the draft to help Taylor set up the locker room culture in his first season. Many of the rookies served as either captains, won leadership honors or led their respective college huddles.
7 stories to follow for Bengals 2019 OTAs
There, Taylor and his staff will get to work with the full 91-man roster in team drills without live contact. Plenty of angles there should interest fans, so here are a few stories to keep an eye on as things progress.
Bengals coaches caution reading much into offensive lineups in OTAs
The Cincinnati Bengals turned some heads with fans when first-round pick Jonah Williams lined up at left tackle to start rookie minicamp.
Around the league
Vikings' Mark Wilf: 'We expect a lot better season'
The highest-paid and most important player, Kirk Cousins, enters his second season in Minnesota needing to bounce back from a vanilla performance in his first year in purple. Wilf echoed coach Mike Zimmer's belief that Cousins will be better in Year 2.
Pete Carroll: NFL should decrease use of instant replay
"Get rid of -- or at least decrease the use of -- instant replay," Carroll said. "I get all the reasons why we have instant replay, and technology has opened up a new world for us to get to this point. But I miss the human element of trusting the officials to make the calls in the moment and then the rest of us having to live with what they called. It was both fun and frustrating, but I really liked the game better when the officials were just as much a part of the game as the players."
Darrell Henderson: Rams 'best system I could get in'
"If you go back and watch my college film and you watch the Rams film, it's the same," Henderson told the Los Angeles Times this week. "I thought that was the best system I could get in. So everything worked out great. When I was talking to them, everything was clicking and we developed a relationship. The coaches told me they knew they were going to get me so it was the perfect fit."
Chris Long announces retirement after 11 seasons
The 33-year-old Long ends on a high note after receiving the 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award this past February. His previous two Februarys included world championships. Long won back-to-back Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, with whom he played his final two seasons.
Barber: Saquon Barkley can be one of 'greatest ever'
Tiki Barber is not in the Hall of Fame like football icon Frank Gifford. He didn't win a Super Bowl like New York Giants greats Joe Morris, Ottis Anderson or Rodney Hampton. But the numbers speak for themselves: Barber is Big Blue's gold standard at running back.