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Bengals News (6/11): Joe Mixon can’t contain his excitement for the upcoming season

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Bengals’ running back made the media rounds, and it is pretty clear that he can’t wait to start competing this season.

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Green Offers Minicamp Appetizer
That’s all he’ll do Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the last three days of work before the Bengals break for the summer. But for the team’s best player, who hasn’t done such a drill since last December, it’s a load. A load off his mind after a spring of catching passes from rehab chief Nick Cosgray as he gave his surgically-repaired big toe plenty of time to heal.

Bengals Sign John Jerry, Waive Rod Taylor
Jerry (6-5, 340; University of Mississippi), a ninth-year player, entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2010. He has spent time with both the Dolphins (2010-13) and the N.Y. Giants (’14-17), playing in 121 career games (101 starts). He was not with an NFL team in 2018.

Look: New-feel Bengals take to social media during media day
It started with the hire of Zac Taylor, the first new coach in 16 years. Then Taylor decided to spruce up Paul Brown Stadium itself, not just adding more offices for his massive staff, but emphasizing better lighting and vibes throughout the buildings.

Andy Dalton credits Zac Taylor for offense’s progress
Those Bengals, after all, have a new head coach in Zac Taylor and keep making changes along the offensive line, most recently signing John Jerry and waiving Rod Taylor.

If A.J. Green Means What he Says, the Bengals Should Extend him Now
A.J. Green is one of the best wide receivers in the game. Excluding last year where he missed the second half of the season due to injury, he has never posted less than 65 catches in a season. That kind of consistency is a good indicator that the almost 31 year old still has lots of good football left in him. Green has had injuries here and there, but is far from injury prone.

Bengals news: Joe Mixon sees Cincinnati being a 'real-life contender' next season
Taylor is just the Bengals’ second head coach since 2003. He replaces Marvin Lewis, who mutually parted ways with the team on January 1. Cincinnati finished with a 6-10 win-loss record in the 2018 NFL season. The Bengals also missed the postseason for the third year in a row.

Joe Mixon: We’re gonna shock a lot of people
There’s a new head coach doing things differently than Marvin Lewis used to do them, a new way of installing the offense and, per running back Joe Mixon, a “new feel” across the board. Mixon believes that all the new things that head coach Zac Taylor is doing will pay off come the regular season.

Around the league

Vikings, Kyle Rudolph agree to terms on 4-year deal
On the eve of training camp, the Vikings and the tight end have agreed to terms on a four-year, $36 million extension, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per a source informed.

Raiders DC: Rookie DE Ferrell perfect for their scheme
The Raiders, for their part, were not worried about pre-draft projections that suggested the Clemson defensive end could have been available later in the process. Oakland looked for the right fit, identified their man, and grabbed him.

What to watch for: 23 teams opening minicamp
Minicamps for the 23 squads run from Tuesday through Thursday, after players underwent physicals on Monday. Phase three of offseason workout rules apply (no live contact is permitted, but teams can run 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills). According to the collective bargaining agreement, two-a-day practices are permitted at two of the three days during mandatory minicamp, with restrictions: players may be on the field for a total of no more than three-and-a-half hours per day; no practice can last more than two-and-a-half hours of on-field activities; the second practice shall be limited to walk-through instruction only; organized activities can't begin prior to 7 a.m. or end after 8:30 p.m. local time; and players may only be asked to participate in club activities for a maximum of 10 hours per day.

Wentz on extension: Eagles' culture couldn't fit better
"I think both sides wanted to get it done. I knew I wanted this to be home for a long time," Wentz said, donned in a dapper green suit with an Eagles pin fastened to his lapel. "Ever since being drafted, it's felt like home and so, as soon as we found something that was a win-win and a fair opportunity, I jumped at it because, like I said, I love this place. I want to be here for a while.

Arthur Moats announces retirement after nine years
He had 16.5 sacks and 202 combined tackles with the Bills and Steelers in eight years, but didn't play a snap with the Cardinals in 2018 after suffering a sprained MCL and being released in October.