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Bengals News (8/5): Ryan Finley gets a handle on things

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Ryan Finley looks like he has started to improve since initial reports of his struggles.

NFL: MAY 10 Bengals Rookie Mini-Camp Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Hobson's Choice: Camping Out
Same with Oklahoma’s Rodney Anderson. Same round. Same position. Anderson is coming back from an ACL and has yet to practice. Keep an eye on that. He’s a fine talent as well. If they let him practice in camp, they won’t be able to put him on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) to start the season. Early on, that’s what I thought they’d do because you could keep just three backs in Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Williams while letting Anderson take another six more weeks.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon could thrive in new offense
“Just the stuff that coach Taylor does. Putting the back in the best position to win one-on-one battles. I feel like for it being a one-on-one battle, no elite running back should get stopped in a one-on-one battle. That’s how you have to view certain things,” Mixon told The Enquirer. “At the end of the day, by him putting me in that position, and by me doing the stuff over the years, that’s the stuff that puts a smile on my face. By me having the skillset that I have, I will be able to excel in those areas.”

Cincinnati Bengals: Zac Taylor Continues Differentiate From Marvin Lewis
The fresh energy and new vibe around Zac Taylor’s Bengals has been a hot topic in Cincinnati all offseason long amongst players and fans. Taylor is a younger offensive minded head coach, Lewis was older with a defensive background.

Bengals training camp 2019: 6 Biggest takeaways so far
Those Bengals still don’t suit up for a preseason game for a while but will start to get in gear with actual game prep here soon. Beforehand, let’s take a look at some of the biggest takeaways so far.

Bengals QB Ryan Finley throwing well in camp after rough debut
Finley, a surprise pick by the Bengals after a trade up, had a rough spring after showing up for camps. But now a week into his first NFL training camp, it seems Finley has found a groove.

Here's what we learned after one week at Bengals' training camp.
Green tore ligaments in his ankle to kickoff training camp a week ago in Dayton. The seven-time Pro Bowler is expected to miss “a couple” of regular season games. While Green is recovering, Cincinnati plans to use a heavy dose of Tyler Boyd to fill the void and there’s optimism that Josh Malone and John Ross can step up out wide.

Around the league

Jones on extending Zeke, Dak, Cooper: 'It'll happen'
The Cowboys owner held court following Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage and said he didn't have any "specific" updates on player contracts, though he noted there were seven or eight players he's either negotiating with or preparing to. But he had conviction that the "top three" among those -- Zeke, Dak and Cooper -- will have new deals in due time.

Colts' Andrew Luck thinks he will be ready for Week 1
The issue has been lingering for three months and doesn't have a timetable that might suggest when he will be healthy enough to return to practice. Despite the amorphous timeline, the signal-caller isn't fretting. Luck told Peter King for his Football Morning in America column on Sunday he's not concerned about being ready for Week 1.

Rams' Cooper Kupp 'felt great' after taking first hit
As Cooper Kupp winds his way back from an ACL tear, the Los Angeles Rams wide receiver said getting past the first time he was hit proved to himself he was going to be good to go.

Ravens guard Alex Lewis says he's been released
"Thank you to the Baltimore Ravens for drafting me back in 2016 and giving me an opportunity to play in the NFL," Lewis wrote on Instagram. "It has been a memorable three years. Appreciate all my teammates and coaches I have met along the way. Loved the atmosphere of Baltimore and the amazing fans that supported us! Unfortunately, I was released today. Thank you Baltimore! 'As one door closes another opens.'"

Tom Brady agrees to contract extension with Patriots
The future Hall of Fame quarterback agreed to terms on a two-year, $70 million contract extension with New England on Sunday, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The deal raises Brady's 2019 salary from $15 million to $23 million. Brady is then scheduled to make $30 million in 2020 and $32 million in 2021, though both Brady and New England are "amenable" to adjusting the numbers if necessary, Rapoport added.