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Andre Smith got picked up by the Ravens, and now he has a shot at making a playoff run.

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Question and answer with Senior Bow Executive Director Jim Nagy. The Bengals will coach the Senior Bowl on January 25, 2020
“The Senior Bowl is the most prestigious college all-star football game. It kicks off the draft process. When you work in the NFL and are in scouting, the pre-draft process is in three segments – you have Senior Bowl, Combine and Pro Days. There is a rich history with this game. Some of the greatest players of all time have come through Mobile, with 53 Hall of Fame players.”

Key offseason dates as the Bengals enter the 2020 offseason
When the Senior Bowl announced the Bengals would be coaching in the game, it was an important marker to the 2020 offseason. The Senior Bowl is a great opportunity for the Bengals to kickoff the offseason because it is the nation’s most prestigious college all-star game.

Cincinnati sports: Bengals, Reds mediocrity has fans in a crouch
Feelgood: Shogo Akiyama has an idea at the plate that stretches beyond Swing Really Hard. He can also play solid defense and has good speed. The Reds now have deep depth in the outfield.

Bengals writer on Billy Price: 'Time to cut their losses'
It has been a rough two seasons for Billy Price to begin his NFL career. The former Ohio State star was drafted in the first round (No. 21 overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018 and was expected to be the team's starting center for years to come.

Ravens Sign Veteran Offensive Tackle to 53-Man Roster
The Ravens have signed veteran offensive tackle Andre Smith to the 53-man roster to replace backup offensive lineman Parker Ehinger (shoulder), who has been placed on injured reserve.

Around the league

Thielen gets stitches on ankle after bad cut in practice
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Thursday that Thielen needed stitches for a bad cut on his ankle suffered in practice Wednesday, per sources informed of the situation.

Aaron Rodgers: 2nd Super Bowl 'on my mind every day'
For whatever reason, NFL cognoscenti decided long ago that a quarterback must obtain two Super Bowl rings to cement his standing among his peers. Perhaps the rationale is one victory could be a fluke; perhaps it's arbitrary; perhaps somewhere along the way someone looked around, saw many of the great ones owned dos rings, and set the standard.

Kyle Rudolph's gloves to benefit charity after all
Jason King, a lifelong Vikings fan and avid memorabilia collector, messaged Rudolph on Twitter, saying he's the one who purchased the gloves sold on eBay for $375. King offered to donate to a charity of Rudolph's choice and was able to raise $1,630 for the University of Minnesota Children's hospital last night alone -- a figure confirmed by the hospital.

Gus Edwards 'ready' to carry load if Mark Ingram sits
The Baltimore Ravens' lead running back missed Wednesday's practice again due to a calf injury suffered in Week 16. Whereas last week, coach John Harbaugh said Ingram was on track to play in the Divisional Round, this week the RB is considered "day to day" still. Missing practices to open the week isn't a great sign for his availability Saturday against the Tennessee Titans.

D.K. Metcalf ready to double-down on playoff debut
The behemoth Seattle Seahawks wide receiver popped off for 160 yards and a touchdown, burning the Philadelphia Eagles repeatedly with big plays. The production marked the most receiving yards in a playoff game by a rookie and the most receiving yards by a Seahawks player in a postseason game in franchise history.