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Coaching the Senior Bowl is usually a nice advantage for a team during draft preparations, but this year will probably give the teams a bigger advantage than usual.

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Bengals Booth Podcast: Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham look at the reported moves the Bengals have made in free agency.
It's the "Who Are You?" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as Dave Lapham joins Dan Hoard to look at the team's reported moves in free agency. The broadcast duo discusses the team's acquisitions and answers questions from fans.

Week In Review: Bengals continue to revamp the defense with reported free agent signings
D.J. Reader, who has reached the cusp of the Pro Bowl playing multiple positions on the Houston Texans' defensive line, admits he's in a brand new spot. According to published reports, last week Reader agreed to a contract that not only makes him the biggest free agent in Bengals history but also the NFL's highest-paid nose tackle. All sides are all in.

Peter Schrager: Bengals' Senior Bowl provides huge NFL Draft advantage
Schrager said a coach believes the coaching staffs of the Bengals and Detroit Lions spent valuable time with draft prospects at the Senior Bowl that other teams likely won't be afforded in advance of this year's draft, presumably because of new coronavirus restrictions:

Bengals 4-round mock perfectly nails picks after Joe Burrow
Not that Burrow isn’t interesting. But he’s inevitable in Cincinnati along with all the good that brings. What’s more interesting now is the rookie class that will be arriving alongside him.

Is Shawn Williams on hot seat after Bengals signed Vonn Bell?
Williams was already potentially on the list as it was before the Bengals signed Vonn Bell. He’s going on 29 years old and has struggled over the past few seasons, including a 54.5 grade at Pro Football Focus last year. Feel free to add in a $4.485 million cap hit in 2020.

Cincinnati Bengals 7 round mock draft 2020
The Bengals have the No. 1 pick and appear to be making the most of the opportunity to improve the team by adding some key players through free agency, particularly on defense. Through two weeks of free agency, they have added nose tackle D.J. Reader, safety Vonn Bell, cornerbacks Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Leshaun Sims, linebacker Josh Bynes and guard Xavier Su’a-Filo.

Five Cincinnati Bengals who could break out in 2020
Every year there is a promising group of young players who are looking to have a breakout season. Maybe it's an offseason change, a positive statistical trend or an opportunity to get more playing time on the field. It isn't an exact science trying to predict who will make the jump, but it is fun to try.

Around the League

2020 NFL Power Rankings - 1-32 poll, plus where each team stands after free agency
Millions have been spent and the landscape of the NFL has been significantly altered due to the initial free-agency blitz. But while there are obvious storylines (Tom Brady) that have been written and a few more to go (Jadeveon Clowney), now is a good time to take the temperature of each NFL team.

Chargers' Tyrod Taylor wants to 'turn heads' as starter
Through his first nine seasons, Taylor has mostly played a backup role or stand-in for a younger quarterback. His lone chance at a full-time starting gig came in Buffalo, where he started 43 games from 2015-2017. Even then, he had to go through multiple QB competitions to keep the job. It was during that stint in Buffalo that he impressed current Chargers coach Anthony Lynn.

Lions WR Marvin Jones aims for 15 TDs in 2020
"I want to lead the league in -- I want over 15 touchdowns," Jones said, via MLive's Kyle Meinke. "Forget 10, I've had 10 already. I want (15). I want 1,400 (yards). Just stuff like that that drives me and every time I step on that line -- I'm going on Year 9 -- but every time I step on that line, it just fuels me to be great."

Derek Wolfe agrees to 1-year deal with Ravens
Wolfe, 30, brings plenty of experience to the Ravens defensive front after spending all eight years of his career in Denver. Last season, Wolfe's year was cut short thanks to an elbow injury that put him on injured reserve in December. Wolfe ended 2019 with seven sacks in 12 games played.