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Bengals News (1/29): Former Bengal Anthony Zettel’s unlikely journey to Super Bowl

Anthony Zettel may not have stuck in Cincinnati, but he ended up catching on with the Chiefs at the right time.

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A look at some of the top performing Cincinnati Bengals according to Next Gen Stats in 2019.
2019 marked the sixth season that this technology has been used in some form with the league. With that in mind, here are some of the Bengals' top analytic performances from this past season.

Anthony Zettel was cut by the Lions and the Browns and the Bengals. Now he’s in the Super Bowl
“It’s been wild, man,” Zettel said this week. “Chaos. Just going from the couch to the Bengals. The worst team in the NFL to the best team in the NFL. It’s just kind of like (a) whirlwind, but at the same time you realize it’s the NFL, it happens to guys. You just got to find your home and make the most of it.”

It’s the Bengals, not the Browns who will make a move in the AFC North
The Cleveland Browns have a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback, OBJ (for now), and a lot of talent that should have swept them into the postseason picture following this past season. The Cincinnati Bengals, meanwhile, finished 2-14, have the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and look for all the world to own momentum in Ohio.

What if the Bengals pass on Joe Burrow in the 2020 NFL Draft?
Let’s be clear about this, Joe Burrow is going to be drafted first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. But for now, let’s hop off the hype train and venture into the world of what-if. Let’s say the Bengals want to pass on Burrow to take Chase Young with the intention of finding their franchise quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft

Tyrann Mathieu says there's 'no doubt' who Cincinnati Bengals should take with No. 1 pick
The Cincinnati Bengals hold that pick, and Burrow would go back to his home state of Ohio if the Bengals do indeed draft the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner and national champion.

Bengals understandably listed as best fit for Joe Burrow
“This is the obvious best fit for Burrow, given that the Bengals need a quarterback and, with the first overall pick, would not have to give up any resources to draft him. The system that the Bengals run is very much like the Rams’ system and the system that the Packers ran this year, and I think Burrow would fit very well on Zac Taylor’s offense. Again, though, while conventional wisdom currently slots Burrow as the obvious Bengals pick, there’s a chance they decide to do something else, even with their coaches speaking admiringly of Burrow in public.”

Anthony Munoz stresses the most important thing for a rookie QB
With the Cincinnati Bengals looking like a team ready to make Joe Burrow its next franchise quarterback via the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, now would be a good time to check in with a team legend like Anthony Munoz.

5 Cincinnati Bengals that can make their First Pro Bowl next year
All of that can change in a hurry though. The Bengals have plenty of young talent on the roster who showed flashes of their potential. Here are five players currently on the roster who have a good shot at making their first Pro Bowl next year.

Around the league

Hall of Fame DE Chris Doleman dies at age of 58
Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker added, "The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Chris Doleman after a prolonged and courageous battle against cancer. I had the honor of getting to know him not only as a great football player but an outstanding human being. One of the honors of my life was witnessing Chris get baptized in the Jordan River during a Hall of Fame trip to Israel.

Gronkowski: Brady deserves 'to see what's out there'
"I truly believe that he deserves the opportunity to go explore, to see what's out there," Gronk said Tuesday, via the Boston Globe. "I mean, he's been playing for so long, and just the way that he's been playing, just the level he's been playing at, he definitely deserves an opportunity to go out there and test the market. I mean, why wouldn't you? I mean, you've never done it before in your career, and he's going to be a free agent for the first time ever. So, good for him. Go test out the market and then do what's best for himself. That's the decision that he has to make, is what's best for himself, best for his family, what he feels like he's going to love."

Prescott has 'confidence' long-term deal will get done
"I've got confidence something will get done," Prescott told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. "We'll just leave it there. Obviously being the Cowboys quarterback is second to none. There are very few positions in all of sports that are comparable to it. So when you put that in perspective, my mindset is to be in Dallas. And I've got the confidence in my team to get something done and the confidence in the Cowboys that we'll be able to."

Kyle Shanahan explains decision to pass on Mahomes
"I didn't look into him obviously as much as I should have," Shanahan said Tuesday. "We definitely looked into him, studied all of his tape. Was just a freak, could make any throw, had the ability to anything. That was a little bit different situation for us. We had the second pick in the draft, did not feel like from all the intel that you get and stuff that he was gonna go that high."