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Bengals News (1/8): Tua Tagovailoa effect

With Tua Tagovailoa declaring for the NFL draft, what does that do with the Bengals’ thought process?

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Darrin Simmons signs an extension to remain with the Bengals as special teams coach.
For what looks to be the first time since 2015, the Bengals are poised to begin and end back-to-back seasons with the same three coordinators. Head coach Zac Taylor won’t announce changes until his staff is completed, but indications are there isn’t going to be shuffling above the level of position coaches or quality control.

Petition to make ‘Bengals/Browns fans’ a condition for medical marijuana submitted to Ohio Medical Board
According to the medical board, they’ve received 28 petitions for qualifying conditions for medical marijuana treatment. Among those: being a Bengals or Browns fan.

Petition says being Browns/Bengals fan should get you medical marijuana
Sure, this could open a Pandora's box and fans of the Knicks or Lions or Orioles could try to get in on this action and maybe "Bengals/Browns fan" doesn't seem as dire as "chronic pain" or "depression," but nobody can argue that people who root for the Bengals or Browns need something to easy the pain.

Tua Tagovailoa makes things interesting for the Bengals
Tua Tagovailoa declared for the 2020 NFL Draft, and it seemed like a no brainer. Sure, he had his brother on the roster at Alabama, and an injury like the one suffered against Mississippi State on November 16 might have been reason enough to go back for a senior season. Instead, he declared for the draft on Monday and gave the Cincinnati Bengals something else, and someone else to think about.

What if Bengals deal the No. 1 pick and still get Tua?
While Burrow's 2019 performance seems to make him a slam dunk, no-questions-asked No. 1 overall pick, what if the Bengals get an offer from the Miami Dolphins, who have the No. 5 overall pick, to swap spots in the first round and then add at least another high round pick or two in 2020 and 2021 because Miami desperately wants Burrow?

Cincinnati Bengals: 3 Targets in 2020 NFL Draft to return to relevancy
There was a time when the Cincinnati Bengals were the laughingstock of the NFL. They couldn’t stop shooting themselves in the foot and would finish at the top of the NFL Draft order every year — well, they’re back. No, they aren’t quite a laughingstock but they only managed just two victories in head coach Zac Taylor’s rookie season.

Davin Bellamy declines Bengals’ offer, rejoins Texans practice squad
Linebacker Davin Bellamy opted to turn down a reserves/futures offer so he could rejoin the Houston Texans, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Around the league

Patriots' Tom Brady: 'I know I still have more to prove'
"I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU!" Brady penned. "After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades. Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that's not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!! I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way.

Ravens' Judon: Stopping Derrick Henry 'starts with us'
"Start fast. We want to hit him as many times as possible," Judon said. "We know he's a good running back, but it all starts with us. Our communication, our assignment, and our technique. As long as we do that, we're going to be able to attack him in different ways that he hasn't seen this year. We understand that he's one of the best running backs in the league, and we can't sleep on him because once he gets started he's a hard tackle."

49ers LB Kwon Alexander's return 'a coaching decision'
The San Francisco 49ers linebacker suffered a pectoral injury days after Watt tore his pec. The latter returned with great effect in the Houston Texans' wild-card win last weekend. Now, Alexander will look to do the same this weekend when his Niners face the Minnesota Vikings.

Titans' Kevin Byard on Lamar Jackson: 'He's Vick 2.0'
"He's from Mars," defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said of Jackson, via Jim Wyatt of the team's official website. "He's definitely an outer space guy. He's unbelievable. The stuff that he's doing so far this season, it's unreal."