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The Bengals know from the end of last season that the product on the field and in the stands weren’t really up to snuff. They have tried to improve both of those areas.

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Green Still Leading As Rehab Picks Up Speed
Wednesday marked the eighth year of wide receiver A.J. Green’s first game in the NFL. The one he naturally scored the Bengals’ winning touchdown on his only catch of the day, a 41-yarder as the clock ticked toward four minutes left in the game in Cleveland. Eight years later, he’s still just as important to the Bengals even though no one knows when his injured ankle is going to heal well enough for him to play.

Taylor And Dalton Transcripts
“We’re excited to open up at home this week against San Francisco. I know our players are chomping at the bit to play in front of the home crowd, and it’s a crowd that we’re really going to need in this game. (San Francisco) has a lot of communication tools that they use at the line of scrimmage, so we’re expecting a great turnout, and we’re expecting our crowd to be really loud. We want to create the advantages that we had to go against last week in Seattle. We’d like to see that at home this week. I’m really excited to see what the turnout will be, and I know they’re going to be there to help the team do some great things.”

Bengals Waive Jeff Driskel
Driskel, a fourth-year player, joined the Bengals on waivers from the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. He played in nine career games for Cincinnati, with five starts (all last season).

Quick Hits: Green Speaks; Mixon, Eifert Don't Practice; Glenn Still Out
Before Wednesday’s practice franchise wide receiver A.J. Green surfaced for the first time in 46 days to talk. As every Cincy school kid knows, that’s when he injured his ankle in the first training camp practice at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

Bengals Enhance Fan Experience At Paul Brown Stadium
The Bengals are introducing numerous features designed to enhance the gameday experience at Paul Brown Stadium, including a revamped guest services approach, a street team that interacts with fans, additional elements in the Jungle Zone, a redesigned gameday section in the Official Bengals App and new stadium speakers.

Reports: Former NFL player shot and killed in Richmond
Terrell Roberts, who played two seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, was at the home on the 1200 block of Fascination Circle when someone walked in and shot him in the backyard, CBS San Francisco reported.

Jets claim former Bengals DE Jordan Willis, place Quincy Enunwa on IR
Hours after it was learned that the Jets would be without WR Quincy Enunwa for the remainder of the season, the team went ahead and used his roster spot to add to its defensive line depth.

TML: Bengals, Reds, Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Antonio Brown, NFL
Ten Things usually appears Monday morning, but I was in the air then, so, Wednesday afternoon. Only the laptop blew up in Seattle Saturday, so I had to get a replacement at the office Tuesday and that one didn’t work, either. Got a third one just now, so here we are.

Cincinnati Bengals: The hype that is Jimmy G won’t measure up to Dalton
When the New England Patriots sent backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco, the fortunes for the 49ers were supposed to change and change dramatically. Two seasons later, fans in the Bay Area are still waiting. On Sunday, he’ll face a veteran quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals who by every metric, will be the better QB on the field.

A.J. Green Injury Timeline: When Will Bengals Star WR Return
“Everything’s going in a great direction,” Green said, who was out of his protective boot. “I’m sick of being hurt. Just hard to deal with these last two years. But like I said, just go with the punches, take the bad with the bad and take the good with the good and just go with it.”

Bengals' Green out of boot; no timeline for return
Green said he ran for roughly 10 minutes on Tuesday and did a leg workout with Bengals strength and conditioning coach Joey Boese on Wednesday. Green said that while his range of motion is still limited, he feels good after the workouts.

Around the league

What to watch for in Buccaneers-Panthers on TNF
Two former Heisman Trophy winners and No. 1 overall picks -- Cam Newton and Jameis Winston -- lead their teams into Thursday Night Football live on the NFL Network at 8:20 p.m. ET, as the Panthers host the Buccaneers.

Donte Moncrief: Steelers debut 'my worst game ever'
"It's sickening when you watch it and you know the plays that you're supposed to make and you didn't make them," Moncrief said, via the team's site. "And you see them and you're like, 'Gosh, I know I gotta make that.' The other day, after we watched that film, there was a feeling in my stomach, it hurt. I went home, went straight to sleep, it hurt me. I had to put that away."

Kyler Murray fueled to be 'best to ever play the game'
Perhaps the biggest quandary as to his draft status and worthiness of being selected No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals was his height (listed as 5-foot-10 on the team website). If not that, perhaps it was the strength of his arm.

Aaron Rodgers to fans: Don't do wave when he has ball
In the midst of answering reporters' questions Wednesday, the Packers star quarterback made a simple request. Not to his teammates or coaches but to the many Cheeseheads who will fill the seats at Lambeau Field this Sunday for Green Bay's home opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Chargers' Hunter Henry suffered left knee fracture
It hinders an already ailing Chargers offense that could also be without wide receiver Mike Williams, who is dealing with a knee injury also sustained against the Colts, when the team plays the Detroit Lions on Sunday.