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Bengals News (4/14): Sacking hunger

Sam Hubbardhas been doing his part to give back during this tough time.

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Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard donated thousands of dollars to Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank.
Trisha Rayner has a pretty good idea. Rayner, vice president of external affairs for the Freestore, says 50 percent of the customers coming through the doors downtown and other locations are "newly unemployed and have never been to a food pantry. People are making decisions between groceries and the electric bill, mortgage payments and prescriptions. Families are faced with tough choices between the furloughs and layoffs."

Bengals Booth Podcast: Dan Hoard, Marisa Contipelli and Dave Lapham look at the moves the Bengals have made in free agency.
It's the "Talk To Me" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast. First, Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor provides a detailed look at Cincinnati's eight free agent additions. Then Dan Hoard, Dave Lapham and Marisa Contipelli chat about the draft, free agency, wide receiver AJ Green, quarterback Andy Dalton and more.

Nick Saban expects Joe Burrow to have a 'fantastic' NFL career
In an episode of "Detail" that debuted on ESPN+ on Monday, Saban praised the projected top overall pick in next week's NFL draft as he broke down Burrow's performance in LSU's victory over Clemson for the national championship in January. Burrow, the Heisman Trophy winner, was 31-of-49 passing for 463 yards and five touchdowns to cap LSU's undefeated season.

2020 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Tua falls to the Raiders after Bengals trade out of No. 1 overall pick
All told, eight receivers were taken during the first round, and there were several surprising trades, including the Bengals trading out of the No. 1 overall pick! There were also some shocking transactions, with Cam Newton signing with the Bengals after Cincinnati traded Andy Dalton to the Patriots for a third-round pick. Tua Tagovailoa suffered a steep fall before landing with the Raiders, who traded up to grab him at No. 8 overall.

Zac Taylor doesn't see Bengals trading No. 1 draft pick
"It doesn't look that way. If there is a guy there that you believe in that can really change the franchise over the next 10-15 years, then that's a hard thing to pass up on," Taylor said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "You know, people all the time ask me what would it take to give up that pick and if there's somebody there that people are willing to give up a lot for, that they believe in, then that just really verifies what we think about those players as well."

Report: Dolphins' head coach Brian Flores, general manager Chris Grier don't want to "trade the farm" for Joe Burrow
“I do hear that he and coach Brian Flores are very much against trading the farm to move up to get Burrow - which some in the organization want to do,” King wrote. “I doubt owner Stephen Ross will pull the owner card and force a mega-offer to try to move up to number one, but we’ll see.”

Bengals 2020 Draft Analysis - Quarterback: All in on Burrow?
The Bengals haven't selected a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft since taking Carson Palmer No. 1 overall in 2003 and here they are in 2020 with the No. 1 pick in the draft for the first time since then and in the market for a quarterback.

Bold Predictions for the Cincinnati Bengals' 2020 Draft
There should be no uncertainty about the Cincinnati Bengals’ first overall pick. Joe Burrow is bound to be selected first in the upcoming NFL Draft. Once the second round is reached, the path for Cincinnati becomes less predictable.

Around the league

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey signs $64M extension
McCaffrey validated Carolina's decision to select him with the eighth overall pick of the 2017 draft by posting a 1,000-all-purpose-yard season as a rookie, then took a significant leap in his second season, breaking 1,000 rushing yards with an increased workload and flirting with 1,000 receiving yards. His best season saw him do just that, becoming the third player in NFL history to break 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season with 1,387 on the ground (and 15 touchdowns) and 1,005 receiving (plus four receiving scores) in 2019.

Chargers tight end Hunter Henry signing franchise tag
Los Angeles' talented tight end is signing his franchise tag Monday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported per a source. That locks him up for the 2020 season at roughly $10 million.

NFL, NFLPA agree to virtual offseason program
The NFL and NFLPA have reached an agreement on a voluntary offseason program set to start April 20, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per sources informed of the agreement. The virtual period of the program can begin next week, but no on-field work is allowed until all 32 club facilities can reopen.

Gettleman: Giants 'can't overpay' for pass rush help
"A lot of people were raised with the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl teams, where we could consistently apply pressure with four," Gettleman said Monday, via the team's official website. "That is the goal, that's what you want. You can't manufacture it and you can't overpay for it. What it really comes down to is it doesn't matter who gets the sacks, it's about how many sacks you actually get. It really is about how much pressure you apply. Some of this is going to have to come through scheme. Obviously, we haven't gone through the draft yet. With where we're at, would I not want two defensive ends that are 25 sacks a year guys? Who doesn't? We are not in that position right now so we will just keep building it."