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Bengals News (7/2): Cincinnati’s rookies won’t be happy with their Madden ranking

Madden 20 in’t kind to the Bengals’ most recent draft class.

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Wren Looks To Reach Peak In NFL
Moments after Cincinnati selected Renell Wren in the fourth round of this year’s draft (125th overall), Bengals’ defensive line coach Nick Eason shared a nickname for the 6’5”, 318 pound tackle.

Darqueze Dennard was elite against the run in 2018
Given the failed state of the linebacker unit and the eventuality of a coordinator getting fired, it isn’t necessarily a good thing that a corner like Dennard ended up as the team’s best run defender.

The Bengals Should not Second Guess Drafting Jonah Williams
Those plans will have to wait until 2020. What is interesting is that in a fan poll on the Stripe Hype Twitter page the night before the draft, a slight majority of 236 Bengals fans who voted said they wanted to draft former Ohio State signal caller and eventual Washington Redskin Dwayne Haskins.

Top 4 candidates for steal of the Bengals 2019 NFL draft
Jonah Williams is top dog for the Cincinnati Bengals when it comes to the 2019 draft class, both in stature and newsworthiness right now due to his likely season-ending injury.

Madden 20 player ratings: Bengals’ rookie ratings revealed
Also notable is the miserable rating for Ryan Finley, a quarterback the Bengals moved up to get. Stanley Morgan Jr. was one of the most popular undrafted names in the NFL, so it’s nice to see the new game give him some love right out of the gates.

Hue Jackson sells house
Hue Jackson, who was special assistant to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis during the second half of last season, sold his house on Farmstead Drive in Symmes Township on June 10 for $545,000, according to Hamilton County Auditor’s Office records. Tye and Wendy Christy bought the 5,400-square-foot house.

Around the league

Ezekiel Elliott meeting with Roger Goodell on Tuesday
The meeting comes after an incident at a Las Vegas music festival in May, in which Elliott had a confrontation with a security guard. The running back was briefly detained but never arrested after the security guard fell after being nudged by Elliott.

John Johnson: Rams teammate Eric Weddle 'a genius'
Weddle, 34, signed with the Rams after being released by the Ravens in March. During his 12-year career, he has been named to six Pro Bowls -- 2011, 2013 and 2014 with the Chargers and 2016-18 with the Ravens -- and was the NFL interceptions leader in 2011.

Emmanuel Sanders considers Week 1 return 'realistic'
Sanders being ready Week 1 would be a big boon for quarterback Joe Flacco. Last season, the Broncos offense struggled without the veteran receiver. With a new offense, a new QB, a revamped O-line and rising young receivers in Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton, the hope is Denver could withstand an abbreviated absence if Sanders misses the start of the season or isn't prepared for a full workload in the opener.

Raiders unveil new logo to commemorate 60th season
The logo will be worn on Raiders home and road jerseys throughout the 2019 season. According to the team, for each home game the logo will be tailored to celebrate a particular achievement, including victories in Super Bowl XI, Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII; the 1967 AFL Championship; the club's history in Oakland and Los Angeles; and the Raider Nation fans.

Steelers' James Conner: 'I'll have a similar role' in '19
A year after James Conner was the workhorse before getting injured, the Steelers added rookie Benny Snell and perceive a heartier role for pass-catching back Jaylen Samuels. Speaking with NFL Network for an interview that will air on NFL Total Access on Monday night, Conner suggested he's preparing for a similar workload to last season.

Amari Cooper: Raiders weren't a 'good fit for me'
"Yeah. Whatever the circumstances may be, there are certain reasons why one place might not work for a guy and another place will, Cooper said, via the Dallas Morning News. "I think the change of scenery was really necessary. I really, honestly, don't think if I would've stayed with the Raiders last season that I would've been able to flourish and reach some heights that I was able to reach as a Cowboy. It was definitely necessary."