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Bengals News (7/25): Paying the price

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Mike Brown thinks the the Bengals are paying the price after a string of disappointing seasons.

Cincinnati Bengals Rookie Camp Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Another Improbable Conversion For Boyd
The man who gave you one of the YouTube moments of the decade when he wriggled free for a fourth-and-12 touchdown from 49 yards away in Baltimore during the last minute of the 2017 season converted again Tuesday when he inked a $43 million extension. This from a guy velcroed to the bench two weeks before he went viral.

Atkins Voted No. 79 on NFL Top 100 List
In 2018, Atkins earned his seventh career Pro Bowl nod, moving him ahead of CB Lemar Parrish (six) for most selections by a defensive player in Bengals history. Atkins led the Bengals last season with 10 sacks, quarterback hits (19) and tackles for losses (13). The 10-year veteran has 71 career sacks, the most by a Bengals interior lineman and third overall.

Bengals Open Training Camp In Dayton On Saturday
Gates at Welcome Stadium open at 1:30 p.m. and admission is free at the 11,000-seat stadium. Players and coaches will start taking the field shortly after 2 p.m. with practice scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. At the conclusion of practice (estimated 3:30 p.m.), players will be available for an autograph session.

Cincinnati Bengals 2019 projection: How Zac Taylor, Mike Brown see it
USA TODAY has the Bengals forecasted for an abysmal season, according to an article recently published, which called for a 3-13 season – behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. The Enquirer reached out to Bovada, and six wins is the betting favorite in Las Vegas.

Geno Atkins lands on NFL Network’s ‘The Top 100 Players of 2019’ list
This week NFL Network revealed Atkins made the 2019 edition of the “The Top 100 Players of 2019,” placing just inside the top 80 at No. 79.

Bengals training camp: Mike Brown says team paying price for poor play
USA Today predicted a 3-13 finish for Cincinnati, which would put them in a tie for the worst record in the league. But, not surprisingly, Brown has more faith the offseason changes will make a difference for the better.

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown: 'I wish we had done better'
As his team gears up for training camp, which opens Saturday at the University of Dayton’s Welcome Stadium, Brown is counting on new coach Zac Taylor to right the ship. Cincinnati is coming off three straight losing seasons, and Brown parted ways with 16-year coach Marvin Lewis in January.

Cincinnati Bengals: Biggest Question Facing Each AFC North Rival
For the Bengals, the burning question for 2019 is simple. Have the players or the scheme been the problem for the last three years? Cincinnati has not brought in a lot of new faces on the field, but the team has almost nothing but new faces on the sideline. Thus, fans should be praying scheme was the issue. If not, it will be another long year.

Around the league

Earl Thomas doesn't regret gesture at Pete Carroll
"I don't regret my decision," Thomas said. "If my teammates felt like it was towards them, then I regret that part, but I don't regret doing it to Pete."

Chargers GM on Melvin Gordon: 'He's playing here'
Los Angles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco isn't peeved that his top back isn't at training camp and harbors no acrimony towards Gordon.

Julio Jones: 'Might mess around and go' for 3k yards
"I'm not ever going to lie to you, I'm going crazy this year," Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday. "I'm going crazy. I've been doing everything that I need to do. I'm taking care of my body. Physically and mentally, I'll be ready to go."

Pats' Julian Edelman recovering from broken thumb
The break happening three weeks ago means recovery is already underway and Edelman should only miss a few more weeks. He'll be fine for the season, adds Rapoport.

Kevin Byard, Titans agree to five-year extension
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with safety Kevin Byard on a five-year, $70.5 million extension with $31 million in guarantees, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The team announced it reached a multiyear deal with Byard later Wednesday night.