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Bengals News (6/19): Looking closer at Brandon Johnson’s return to Bengals as a summer intern

Brandon Johnson used to play linebacker for the Bengals, but now he is a coaching intern looking to absorb as much information to take back to the high school team he’s in charge of.

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Marvin Lewis takes blame for ‘uncomfortable’ firing of Teryl Austin
That was the season Marvin Lewis lost his job after 16 years. It was also where a consistent strength under Lewis — the defense — fell off the map. Under the guidance of new coordinator Teryl Austin, the unit was on pace to allow the most average yardage of all time.

Tight end C.J. Uzomah fine with more fun Cincinnati Bengals
Uzomah and Tyler Eifert are heading into their fifth season as teammates on the Bengals, making them the senior tight ends and chief arbiters of fines, wielding the power to penalize at their discretion, even for infractions that aren’t written down.

5 burning questions for Bengals Wire before training camp
While the Baltimore Ravens have been busy preparing for the 2019 season, they aren’t the only ones. The AFC North has been buzzing with activity all offseason as each team in the division looks to take the crown.

Bengals' Randy Bullock: Leg up on competition
Bullock is entering his tenth season and fourth in Cincinnati. He converted 19-of-23 field goal attempts last season to go along with 39-of-41 extra-points. Tristan Vizcaino was brought in to compete with him, but has failed to make much of an impression. Barring a significant change in course, the veteran looks on track to retain his job.

Fairfax coach Brandon Johnson joins Bengals as summer intern
Since finishing his NFL playing career, Brandon Johnson has been working his way through the ranks as a football coach, starting at Gilbert as an assistant and now becoming head coach at Laveen Betty Fairfax.

Bengals’ 7 crushing playoff losses with Marvin Lewis, ranked by sadness
Normally, there’s no reason to talk about the Bengals during the offseason, but former coach Marvin Lewis opened up an opportunity. In an interview with CBS Radio, Lewis said that he doesn’t miss the NFL and that he doesn’t think he’ll ever return.

Around the league

Giants QB Daniel Jones not bothered by New York boos
"I certainly don't pay a whole lot of attention to it," Jones told Eisen when asked about the boos. "You're aware of it. I'm focused on what we're doing here and focused on trying to practice as well as I could these past six weeks and show some progress over these six weeks. So, at the end of the day, I'm grateful to be part of this franchise, get this opportunity and looking forward to keeping it going."

Redskins planning to start Ereck Flowers at left guard
After being selected No. 9 overall in 2015, Flowers struggled mightily as a left tackle with the New York Giants, grading out as one of the worst blockers in the entire league. Big Blue tried to move him to right tackle last year before eventually giving up and cutting him after five games and just two starts. Flowers landed with injury-ravaged Jacksonville Jaguars and started seven games. The change of scenery did not improve the turnstile.

Matthew Stafford played through broken back in '18
On the most recent edition of his podcast with WJR host Ken Brown, Detroit Lions reporter Mike O'Hara revealed some details on the vague injury the quarterback sustained toward the end of the 2018 campaign.

Jets expected to add Phil Savage to new front office
It's a reunion for Savage and new Jets GM Joe Douglas. The duo worked together in Baltimore, from 2000 when Douglas joined the Ravens' staff as a scout until 2005 when Savage left for the Browns GM job. This time around, it's Douglas in charge.

Raiders sign first-round defensive end Clelin Ferrell
Viewed as a surprise pick at the top of the draft, the Raiders have glowed about the defensive end's pro-readiness and acumen to contribute from Day 1 as a player and leader. Oakland defensive coordinator Paul Guenther compared Ferrell to Bengals underrated pass rusher Carlos Dunlap recently. Ferrell might not own the traits that blow scouts away, but his consistent production and skill in every facet made the Raiders comfortable taking him with a top-five pick.