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What can we expect from John Ross and Alex Erickson in 2020.

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Bengals Booth Podcast: Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham answer questions from fans about the 2020 offseason
It's the "I Have Questions" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham answer questions from fans.

NFL free agency: Bengals TE Tyler Eifert profile, verdict
Eifert was an unknown going into the first year under Zac Taylor and ended up playing a limited role while managing to stay healthy for all 16 games.

Hue Jackson weighs in on Joe Burrow going to the Cincinnati Bengals
“You have to take the swing when it’s there. And he’s sitting there. The guy had a phenomenal season…he played as well as any quarterback that’s entering the draft in a long time. I think they still have a pretty veteran team, but if you don’t have that guy under center, it’s going to be hard for you to win any games.”

Joe Burrow’s dad tries to tamp down speculation they don’t want to be Bengals
The father of the LSU quarterback sent a text to Jeremy Rauch of Fox 19 in Cincinnati disputing the suggestion they didn’t want to end up with the Bengals with the first pick.

Bengals 2020 offseason player profile/projection: John Ross
This offseason will be an important one for the Bengals as they try to rebuild the roster following a 2-14 finish in 2019, which marked their fourth straight losing season. With the free agency signing period set to begin on March 18, Local12.com is going to take a daily look at a player on the roster leading up to that date and where they stand contractually heading into the 2020 season and where they may fit on the 2020 roster. We will look at players under contract first followed by players who will be free agents:

Bengals news: Joe Burrow's father squashes disinterest rumor
Over the past month, there has been chatter that Joe Burrow is skeptical about being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. To clear the air, Burrow’s father squashed the rumor that his son is disinterested in playing for the Bengals.

Bengals 2020 offseason player profile/projection: Alex Erickson
This offseason will be an important one for the Bengals as they try to rebuild the roster following a 2-14 finish in 2019, which marked their fourth straight losing season. With the free agency signing period set to begin on March 18, Local12.com is going to take a daily look at a player on the roster leading up to that date and where they stand contractually heading into the 2020 season and where they may fit on the 2020 roster. We will look at players under contract first followed by players who will be free agents:

Around the league

McLaurin: Young could be better than Bosa brothers
"I've seen them all," McLaurin told the Redskins radio broadcast team last week on radio row, per the team's official website. "In college, I felt like Chase was the most productive of the three, and he has a chance to possibly be the best. That doesn't take anything away from [Joey and Nick]. That just tells you how good he can be."

Mike Nolan to employ more complex defense in Dallas
The defense, however, was a key reason Dallas disappointed in 2019. The unit never seemed to get a big stop when needed in a big game. Despite owning talent up front, including a massive payday for Demarcus Lawrence last offseason, the Cowboys generated just 39 sacks, 19th in the NFL last season, and the secondary got torched on the regular.

Rooney: Steelers 'pretty comfortable' with their QBs
With the new league year set to begin March 18, the time has come for Steelers' management to start deciding what direction they would like to take the team in. Team president Art Rooney II revealed Wednesday that the Steelers do plan to fill some gaps on offense in free agency. Quarterback isn't expected to be one of them.

Sanders has rewatched Titanic SB loss '5 or 6 times'
The San Francisco 49ers owned a 10-point fourth-quarter lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, and had the ball with under 12 minutes remaining in the game. Then the ship sank, as Patrick Mahomes and Co. scored three straight touchdowns, and the Niners offense couldn't find an answer.