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Bengals Bytes (7/15): Setting the pace

Zac Taylor drove the pace car at the Quaker State 400 ahead of his first training camp as the Bengals head coach.

Cincinnati Bengals Rookie Camp Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Bengals coach Zac Taylor: We expect our guys to be at training camp

“We expect our guys to be in there,” Taylor said. “We have a great group that’s really focused on helping this team do well. Business is business sometimes, but these guys are really dialed in and bought in to the things that we’re preaching. So we’re expecting everyone to be there.”

Zac Taylor drives pace car for Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor had some fun over the weekend locally, hopping into the pace car during the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Bengals Uniforms are Defined by Stripes
There are people in the world who simply think that animal prints are gaudy or tacky. Those people probably shouldn’t even attempt to redesign the Bengals uniforms. If you were to poll all Bengals fans and ask them why they chose the team, there would be a meaningful portion of the fanbase that would say they simply liked the stripes.

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