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Bengals News (6/10): Mandatory Minicamp next step for Cincinnati

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The Bengals next step of the offseason is right on the horizon. That means we are one step closer to actual football.

Cincinnati Bengals Rookie Camp Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Setting The Stage: Mandatory Minicamp
The NFL's offseason program consists of three phases. Phase One is all about conditioning and meetings. Phase Two allows on-field workouts, without helmets or offense vs. defense work. In Phase Three, there are organized team activities (OTAs) and a veteran minicamp.

Top Images of the 2019 OTAs
Check out some of the best photographs from the Bengals during organized team activities.

Hobson's Choice: Rookie Show
To submit a question for the next Hobson's Choice, click here. To learn more about "This Day in Bengals History" by Geoff Hobson, go to Bengals.com/Book or visit the Bengals Pro Shop. You can save 40 percent now through Father's Day.

Reminder: Bengals CBs improved after Teryl Austin’s firing in 2018
After a Week 10, 51-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints in 2018, the Bengals fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. From Week 11 onward, overall defensive performance trended upward, especially for corners William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick, which Pro Football Focus helped to illustrated above.

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch at minicamp
Mandatory minicamp will take place Tuesday through Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium, and then players will be off until the start of training camp July 27.

A.J. Green hopes to sign long-term deal with Bengals
“Cincinnati is home for me,” Green said at his youth camp on Friday, via Fox19. “I’ve been here going on nine years. This is home as much as South Carolina. This is all I know, Cincinnati. I can’t see myself playing anywhere else or playing in any different city. Hopefully I can be here for a couple more years, but we’ll see on that part.”

Bengals news: DL Carl Lawson cautious about recovery timetable, hopes for Week 1 in Seattle
The 23-year-old Lawson tore his right ACL in the Bengals’ Week 8 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2018 NFL season. He also tore his left ACL before his sophomore season with the Auburn Tigers kicked off, per the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Fletcher Page.

Around the NFL

No days off? Patriots cancel final week of OTAs
The New England Patriots canceled the final two days of offseason organized team activities that were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, NFL Network's Mike Giardi reports.

Saints signing free-agent cornerback Kayvon Webster
The Saints brought in a bevy of secondary defenders for a workout last week before landing on Webster, who will have a chance to earn a spot on the roster as a special teams player who can provide depth on the back end with the potential of earning a bigger role if he can stay healthy.

Landon Collins glad to finally tackle Giants RB Barkley
Last season with Big Blue, Collins joked that given Barkley's combination of size and speed, he was glad he didn't have to tackle the NFL's reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Kubiak: Garrett Bradbury to be Vikings' starting center
From the moment the Minnesota Vikings handed in the draft card with Garrett Bradbury's name written down it was presumed the offensive lineman would slide in as the starting center from the get-go. Consider that formality confirmed.

McMahon: Trubisky will be loved forever if he wins
Seven of McMahon's 15 NFL seasons were spent in Chicago as he went on to play for five other teams, including the hated Green Bay Packers. Yet he's still revered in the Windy City as the "Punky QB" who played through pain and came up clutch with the Bears' only Super Bowl trophy.

Tyrann Mathieu wants some 'swagger' in Chiefs D
Free-agent safety signing Tyrann Mathieu wants to change that and embracing a change in attitude might well be the first step in altering the Chiefs' defensive fortunes.