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Bengals News (10/2): Magical reality

Joe Burrow’s patented college wonderment is already captivating the NFL world.

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Joe Burrow's 'magic' is already evident - Sports Illustrated
Bengals coach Zac Taylor talks about how the rookie has impressed through three games. Plus, movement in the top five of the power rankings, what we should learn from the Titans' COVID-19 outbreak and Marlon Humphrey's well-deserved pay day.

Film Room: Joe Burrow | Football Outsiders
In some ways, the Cincinnati rookie plays like a veteran quarterback. Derrik Klassen shows how Bengals head coach Zac Stacy has used some of the same empty-backfield formations in which Burrow excelled at LSU to get the most out of his freshman passer.

The story of Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins and his mother Camilla Stewart
If you want to know how Tee Higgins got here in Paul Brown Stadium, you may very well hear about it from his mother during Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Bengals wide receiver Mike Thomas grew up idolizing Chad Johnson
New Bengals wide receiver Mike Thomas not only grew up in Chicago idolizing and imitating the club’s all-time leading receiver in Chad Johnson, but he has helped A.J. Green get used to the offense as Green aims at The Ocho’s record.

Around the League

NFL implements enhanced protocols for teams exposed to COVID-19
The NFL implemented a series of enhanced protocols Thursday for teams to follow after exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Bus driver who drove Titans to Vikings game, MLB's Astros tested positive for COVID-19
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Thursday that a bus driver who drove the Tennessee Titans to their game last weekend in Minnesota also drove MLB’s Houston Astros on their trip for a playoff series this week against the Twins, per sources informed of

NFL: Broncos decline handshakes after rough game from Jets D
Gregg Williams' defense committed six personal fouls.

What we learned from Broncos notching first win over Jets
A back-and-forth Thursday nighter took place and when the rainy night ended, first-time starting QB Brett Rypien and the Denver Broncos staved off a comeback by the New York Jets for a 37-28 win -- their first of the season.

Source -- Green Bay Packers WR Allen Lazard out indefinitely after core muscle surgery
Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard had surgery for a core muscle injury this week and is out indefinitely, a source told ESPN.