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Bengals News (1/23): Looking back

It has been 50 years since Cincinnati was rocking on Riverfront.

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Quick Hits: O-Line Summit; Grades Not Trades; Return Of Willie
But he also likes the tackles who were prospects a year ago at this time and arrived in Cincinnati during this past season via the draft (first-rounder Jonah Williams), undrafted free agency (O'Shea Dugas) and the waiver wire (Fred Johnson and Isaiah Prince). Williams gets the shot at left tackle and look for Johnson to be groomed as the swing tackle or maybe even more. They'll get snaps in the spring and summer.

Duke Tobin Tobin acknowledged the Bengals are looking at unrestricted free agents but indicated they won’t get out of their comfort zone.
Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin gathered with the Cincinnati scribes Wednesday morning before the club's coaches sent the South team through its paces here at the Senior Bowl. After all the gags about not caring if a certain quarterback likes Skyline Chili or not, he reiterated the Bengals are impressed with said quarterback but they're also looking at other players to potentially take with the NFL Draft's overall No. 1 pick.

Duke Tobin joins Ian Rapoport on the RapSheet + Friends podcast at the Senior Bowl.
Bengals Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin joins NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on the RapSheet and Friends podcast discussing the Senior Bowl, plans for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft and more.

Bengals: No decision yet on Andy Dalton's future
Some of that is about where the Bengals are in their draft process with the No. 1 overall pick and the opportunity to draft a top quarterback (read: Joe Burrow). But given the nine-year bond between Dalton and the franchise, Cincinnati will be slow to part ways with one of the top players in team history.

Cincinnati Sports: 1970 Riverfront Stadium Reds, Bengals MLB ASG
In fact, in one way, the Queen City was the site of a combination of events that was almost unprecedented and is likely to never be repeated. The June opening of Riverfront Stadium made Cincinnati just the second city in history to have a stadium serve as the home for two teams that reached postseason play in their respective sports while also hosting the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Joe Burrow's best fits after Bengals: Panthers, Bolts would work
But before you start picturing Burrow in stripes, think back to this time a year ago, when it might have seemed bold to suggest Kyler Murray would be picked first overall by the Cardinals, or to this time two years ago, when nary a mock draft had Baker Mayfield going to the Browns at No. 1. Remember, a lot can change between January and April. Indeed, the Bengals themselves -- as represented by director of player personnel Duke Tobin -- said they still have not made a decision about what to do with the No. 1 overall pick.

The Cincinnati Bengals need to adopt an 'us against the world' mentality
If you were a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals throughout the ’90s, you probably remember a certain popular term used to describe the football team of Cincinnati, the “Bungles”. As a die-hard fan of the orange and black, nothing got under your skin more than that dreadful term. To this day my blood boils every time I hear it.

Cincinnati Bengals: Duke Tobin Hints at Andy Dalton's Future
The second Zac Taylor decided to bench Andy Dalton in favor of Ryan Finley this season, there has been non-stop speculation surrounding the 32-year-olds future with the team. Most familiar with the situation are well aware that the team can cut the veteran quarterback with zero cap ramifications, making it seem likely he will no longer be in stripes next season.

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator: Justin Herbert’s ‘leadership has been fantastic’ at Senior Bowl
The former Oregon quarterback is among three signal callers working with the Cincinnati Bengals’ coaching staff on the South team at this year’s Senior Bowl, joined by Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Colorado’s Steven Montez.

Around the AFC North

End of an era: Eli Manning retiring after 16 seasons
"For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field," Giants co-owner John Mara said in a statement Wednesday. "Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise's history. He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability. It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us. We are beyond grateful for his contributions to our organization and look forward to celebrating his induction into the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future."

Matt Rhule wants Luke Kuechly to join staff in Carolina
Kuechly was one of the most cerebral players -- not just among linebackers -- in the NFL during his eight-year pro career. A known tape grinder, who often knew where the offense wanted to go with the ball before the snap, Kuechly certainly has a wealth of wisdom to pass on if he chooses to go the coaching route.

Raiders officially announce 'Las Vegas Raiders' title
"The Raiders were born in Oakland, and played 13 seasons in L.A. Both cities will always be part of our DNA but, today, we begin a new chapter in our storied history. For today, January 22, 2020, we are now the Las Vegas Raiders," Davis said. "And, today, Las Vegas officially becomes our nation's capital."

NFL reduces formal combine interviews from 60 to 45
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Thursday that clubs were informed recently they'll be granted 45 18-minute formal interviews at the combine, rather than the standard 60 15-minute interviews, per sources informed of the situation.