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Bengals News (11/19): Good problem

The Bengals suddenly have a few options at the offensive line position with players getting healthy.

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Matchup Of The Game: Joe Burrow vs. Chase Young, the top two 2020 NFL Draft picks
The NFL's two top draft picks prepare to meet Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) at FedEx Field just outside Washington as Burrow (No. 1) and Young (No. 2) try to replicate what No. 1 Kyler Murray and No. 2 Nick Bosa did last season and become the NFL Offensive and Defensive rookies of the years, respectively.

Quick Hits: What if Joe Burrow and Chase Young swapped places in the 2020 NFL Draft?
"We think Joe is the full package. We really do. We think Chase is the full package. Depending on what Cincinnati did, that's what we were going to do. The opposite. We didn't think we would lose out either way. We really didn't. We think both players are going to be great players and have great careers and we're fired up that we have Chase."

Bengals make moves to the practice squad ahead of Week 11
Signed CB Donnie Lewis to the practice squad. Lewis (6-0, 195), a first-year player out of Tulane University, originally was a seventh-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2019. He spent all of last season on Cleveland's practice squad, and then was waived by the Browns at final cuts this season.

Taylor Made Takes: Bengals head coach Zac Taylor talks about virtual meetings, Tee Higgins and team depth
We're going to be that way this week at least. We have to make the most of it. We have to do our best to re-create what we would normally be getting in the meeting room and make sure we're not missing a beat.

Final stretch important gauge of Bengals' rebuild with Zac Taylor, Joe Burrow
But starting with Sunday's game against Washington (1 p.m. ET, CBS), Cincinnati will have a chance to show exactly where things stand in its rebuilding process under second-year coach Zac Taylor. The Bengals have the ninth-weakest remaining strength of schedule, according to ESPN's Football Power Index. Four opponents, including three from the lowly NFC East, have a .300 winning percentage or lower.

Ron Rivera Admits Washington Would've Drafted Joe Burrow if Cincinnati Bengals Took Chase Young - Sports Illustrated Cincinnati Bengals News, Analysis and More
"We feel like championships are won by playing good defense. We felt pretty strongly about him [Young]. The only other option we felt was a viable one for us was [Joe] Burrow and obviously he was taken by Cincinnati," Washington head coach Ron Rivera said on Wednesday. "We think Joe is the full package. We really do. We think Chase is the full package. Depending on what Cincinnati did, that’s what we were going to do. The opposite. We didn’t think we would lose out either way. We really didn’t. We think both players are going to be great players and have great careers and we’re fired up that we have Chase."

Bengals: Takk McKinley claimed by 49ers after failed physical
Now, maybe McKinley is just getting healthier as he rehabs an injury. But the Bengals do have a pretty strong history of being strict when it comes to physicals — reports were they missed on Shaq Barrett for this reason, too.

Cincinnati Bengals should've just paid Andrew Whitworth
Letting Andrew Whitworth leave Cincinnati after the ’16 season will go down as one of the worst decisions in Bengals history, right up there with drafting Akili Smith and running Jeremy Hill at the Pittsburgh goal line in the ’15 divisional playoff game.

The Latest on Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon, Jonah Williams and Bobby Hart
Running back Joe Mixon has missed three-straight games with a foot injury. He wasn't on the field during the portion of practice that was open to the media and didn't practice on Wednesday.

Bengals suddenly have plenty of offensive linemen to choose from
After a couple of weeks of piecing together the offensive line, the Cincinnati Bengals face a different task this week against the Washington Football Team: Too many healthy bodies, too few spots.

Around the league

NFL Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 11: Running backs
You have lineup questions. We have answers. At least we hope. Start 'Em & Sit 'Em has helped fantasy managers for years make those pressing lineup decisions. And you know what is a good decision? Starting Patrick Mahomes. But that's too obvious, so you won't see that here. Instead here are some of the most-pressing questions. And, if you can't find a player you are looking for, please check out latest NFL Fantasy lineup rankings right here.

Seahawks defense learning from past mistakes, aim to pressure Cardinals QB Murray
The Seahawks allowed Murray to work on his own schedule, never forcing the issue. Coach Pete Carroll noted that his defense played too low-risk the first time around, and he should have insisted defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. blitz Murray more to force the QB's hand.

Justin Herbert chops off long locks, debuts new look ahead of meeting with Jets
With the help of strength and conditioning coach John Lott, Herbert brought his look back from his late teens, which was coincidentally the last time he got a haircut. Herbert told reporters this week's fresh cut was his first since either 2017 or 2018, from which point he grew his hair long, complete with the headband to pull it backward and create the flowing effect.

Picking first-time Pro Bowlers: DK Metcalf, Josh Allen shine
This one is a lock. Metcalf has grown from a draft prospect who intrigued with his sheer size and athleticism to a physical freak who is becoming a multi-level threat. Because of Metcalf's production, the Seahawks landed atop my receiving corps rankings last week, and he's a nightmare for opponents; he destroys them down the sideline and then wins inside with his frame, scoring six touchdowns on in-breaking routes. He's also the No. 5 receiver in the NFL (min. 50 targets) in yards gained after the catch over expectation per reception, averaging 2.2 more yards gained after catch than expected, based on surrounding factors impacting his chances.

Six additional Raiders defenders placed on reserve/COVID-19 list following Clelin Ferrell's positive test
Following a positive coronavirus test for defensive end Clelin Ferrell, six additional Las Vegas Raiders defensive players were put on the reserve/COVID-19 list as high-risk close contacts, per the transaction wire after an initial report from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero Wednesday afternoon.