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Bengals News (8/27): Ryan Finley among rookie quarterbacks to impress during preseason

Ryan Finley has had a surprisingly productive preseason, but how does he stack up among the other rookie quarterbacks?

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Bengals Sign C Kirk Barron
Barron (6-2, 300), a rookie out of Purdue, originally signed as a college free agent with the Miami Dolphins in May. He was waived later that month.

Quick Hits: Dalton Makes Correction; Tate Surfaces had it wrong on Sunday. Armon Binns was not the last rookie wide receiver to start for the Bengals on Opening Day in Baltimore in 2012. Just to fact check it before Monday’s practice, Dalton turned to wide receiver A.J. Green and asked, “Was Armon our year? I thought he was our draft class.”

Bengals Booth Podcast: You Say It’s Urgent
Bengals broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham discuss the breaking news about the starting offensive line for the 2019 opener. Lapham answers Twitter questions from fans as well. Plus one-on-one interviews with wide receiver John Ross and defensive end Andrew Brown.

NFL rookie QB update - Haskins, Jones, Finley impress
Preseason highlight: The fourth-round pick out of NC State had perfect starts to his first two preseason games. But in the second one, Finley showed a strong pocket presence as he went 8-for-8 on his first drive, converted two third downs and threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Drew Sample. In his debut preseason, he has the second-highest completion percentage of all quarterbacks.

4 things to know about new Bengals center Kirk Barron
Barron started 39 games consecutively at Purdue, originally choosing Ohio University before going elsewhere. He was the starting center the last two years there.

Bengals Season Preview: Best And Worst Case For Cincinnati In 2019
New head coach Zac Taylor is being asked to improve the Bengals after a 6-10 season and last-place finish in the AFC North. But one has to wonder if he is ready for the gig, given the fact the 36-year old Taylor only has been an NFL offensive coordinator for five games with the Miami Dolphins in 2015. Taylor most recently was the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams.

Cincinnati Bengals: Finding a Role for Rodney Anderson
On Thursday, 2019 sixth round draft pick Rodney Anderson did just that for Cincinnati. The former Oklahoma running back couldn’t get much going on the ground managing just eight yards on seven carries.

Cincinnati Bengals: Why Zac Taylor is winning the locker room
Even though they are 1-2 in the preseason, the Cincinnati Bengals have more than a few good reasons to be happy with their new head coach. In relatively short order, Zac Taylor has left the past behind for a new way of doing business. The team is hitting less, there is a focus on keeping players fresh, and most impressive, he’s not waiting for success.

Mom’s eye view: Damion Willis’ Bengals rise from his mother’s perspective
How can it be that a guy who impressed at every turn during the offseason program, a guy who beat every cornerback (including Jackson) who tried to cover him during training camp, a guy who played well enough in three preseason games to earn a night off in the fourth, a guy who head coach Zac Taylor announced on Sunday will be the starting X receiver for the Sept. 8 opener starter in Seattle, how can that guy still be anonymous in his own locker room?

Cincinnati Bengals roster: WR John Ross 'feels good' back at practice
A new jersey number this season is synonymous with a new outlook. Yet unfortunately for Ross, training camp training camp began in an all too familiar predicament … injured. Ross missed all of training camp with a hamstring ailment and consequently the preseason.

Around the league

Aaron Rodgers: Reaction to Luck retirement disgusting
"Well, the surprise was obviously the first emotion. He's a young player, he's had a really, really good career," Rodgers told Schein on Monday. "But I think the second is a little disgust, maybe, at the way that it was handled. Him getting booed, the word leaking out the way that it did, I thought that was a little disgusting because here's a guy who's making a quality of life decision. And he's given a lot to the game, although he's not a 15-year vet, but he's put himself through a ton just to get back on the field."

Lamar Jackson planning 'probably 30 passes a game'
"Probably throwing, probably 30 passes a game," Jackson said. "Running, I probably won't have as many attempts as last year. We have a great backfield and we're just going to take what the defense gives us and take advantage of it and just go from there."

Falcons owner still hoping for new Julio Jones deal
Last offseason, the team brass shifted around money to give Jones a raise with the promise of re-working his contract this offseason, to coax Jones to forgo his holdout. This year, Jones is in camp, continuing to progress from his reportedly mild foot issue, but has yet to put ink to paper.

ATN: Andrew Luck Retires; Succession of Power in AFC
A room filled with heroes -- Dan Hanzus, Chris Wesseling, Gregg Rosenthal and Marc Sessler -- brings you their reactions on the historic Andrew Luck retirement and what it means for the Indianapolis Colts. The heroes also spin through their preseason Week 3 takeaways (26:42) and discuss how the end of the Andrew Luck era in Indy shifts the balance of power in the AFC (40:20).

Patriots C David Andrews hospitalized with blood clot
Since signing with New England as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2015, Andrews has been an integral part of Tom Brady's offensive line. Andrews has played in 71 games and started in 66, including the postseason. He was Brady's snapper for New England's last three Super Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl victories.