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Bengals News (10/20): Frustration boiling over

Some Bengals’ veteran players are getting upset with their reduced roles amid a losing season.

Margus Hunt signed with the Bengals hoping to shore up the team's defensive line.
Hunt, who has 25 career starts, all with the Colts, was a backup for New Orleans' top 12 defense in its first four games with playing time topping out at 48 percent in the loss to the Raiders. He's looking at a similar role here with starting end Sam Hubbard (elbow) hopefully back for the Nov. 15 game in Pittsburgh. Hunt becomes the sixth veteran defensive linemen the Bengals have acquired in the last 67 days.

Bengals Sign Margus Hunt, Waive Andrew Brown
Hunt (6-8, 295), an eighth-year player, originally was a second-round draft pick (53rd overall) of the Bengals in 2013 and was with Cincinnati through the '16 season. He spent 2017-19 with Indianapolis, and then played four games with the New Orleans Saints earlier this season. He has played in 95 career games (25 starts), with 108 tackles,7.5 sacks, seven PDs, a FF and a FR.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Highlights, comments and analysis after the Week 6 game against the Indianapolis Colts
It's the "Old Man Rivers" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast following a 31-27 loss to the Colts with radio replays, postgame comments, and in-depth analysis from Dave Lapham. Plus, "Fun Facts" with Christian Covington.

Bengals Notebook: Offensive line, defensive line and looking at the Bengals secondary
The interior line, in particular, moved out the Colts' estimable front four, ranked third against the rush. Center Trey Hopkins and guards Michael Jordan and Alex Redmond took control of the group that came in led by the dominant DeForest Buckner. Mixon, Burrow and running back Giovani Bernard all punched in scores from inside the 8 for the Bengals' first red-zone rushing touchdowns of the season.

Bengals' A.J. Green happy to 'feel like my old self again'
For the bulk of Green's 10-year career, opposing defenses typically used their top cornerback against the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver. But in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 11, cornerback Marlon Humphrey was matched up against Cincinnati's Tyler Boyd. Even if it was mostly a schematic matchup (Boyd and Humphrey are primarily in the slot), it was another sign that 2020 wasn't going well for Green.

Report: Geno Atkins frustrated by role with Bengals
When Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins played 19 snaps in Week Five’s loss to the Ravens, it seemed like the Bengals were working the two-time All-Pro back slowly after he missed the first four games of the year.

Carlos Dunlap addresses Bengals rumors on social media
In a session with 3,000-plus fans, Dunlap snacked on a bag of chips and veered off of a prepared statement at times. But the theme was clear — he wants to play more, but he’s going to put his head down and do the work.

Cincinnati Bengals: Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap frustrated with roles
According multiple sources, Atkins and Dunlap are frustrated with their lack of playing time. Atkins and Dunlap are miffed by the team’s defensive philosophy and approach. They have basically been demoted to third-down specialists.

Report: Bengals players question roles for Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins
Cincinnati Bengals stars Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap are suddenly playing reserve roles on defense despite standing as franchise greats with presumably plenty to offer.

What’s next for the Cleveland Browns: Previewing the Cincinnati Bengals and how they match up
However, any hope of the Browns staking a claim in the divisional race vanished when Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted Baker Mayfield’s first pass for a touchdown, putting Cleveland down 10-0 just five minutes in.

The Zac Taylor era could now cause lasting damage to the Bengals
Hiring Jim Turner, whose indiscretions are well documented, after openly stating the importance of accountability, is the first thing that comes to mind. Continuing to repeat the tired mantra that the offensive line was more talented than given credit for. Once again, following a narrow defeat on Sunday, Taylor stated how close they are to turning things around.

Bengals roster moves: Team signs Margus Hunt, waives player
This is another desperation move for the Bengals as they look to counteract the battery of injuries to the defensive interior. The line just got Geno Atkins back — but he and Carlos Dunlap are reportedly unhappy with their roles.

Around the league

Josh Allen 'not good enough' as Bills offense struggles in second straight loss
After starting 4-0 with an MVP-like quarterback leading the way, the Bills have lost two straight with a similar theme appearing in each defeat: Buffalo just can't keep up offensively. The reliance on Josh Allen that proved fruitful in the season's first month has become a hurdle, best demonstrated in the Bills' Week 6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in which Allen completed 14 of 27 passes for 122 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on a rainy night in Buffalo.

Debrief: Teams that lifted or sank their seasons in Week 6
The Buccaneers are so talented in so many areas that Brady only needed to throw for 166 yards for Tampa to beat the previously undefeated Packers, 38-10. If it wasn't already clear the Bucs were top-tier title contenders heading into Week 6, it should be now.

2021 NFL Draft order: Eagles No. 10; Patriots in top 15
The Bengals presumably will have Trae Waynes -- who is on I.R. with a pectoral injury -- starting at one corner spot in 2021, but who will be playing opposite him? The team's top three corners this season (William Jackson III, Mackensie Alexander and LeShaun Sims) have deals that expire in March.

49ers HC Shanahan says RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) will 'most likely' head to IR
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday that running back Raheem Mostert sustained a high ankle sprain in the team's Week 6 win over the Rams and is "most likely" headed to injured reserve.