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Bengals News (4/23): Chad Johnson playing defense against national media

Chad Johnson is known more for his amazing route running and even better dancing, but he was quick to defend the Bengals against Stephan A. Smith.

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Hobson's Choice: Draft day edition looking ahead at potential additions to the Bengals
I think the only thing I've chortled about is how the Bengals spent so much last month in free agency and the reaction was one of shock and awe. We've been around long enough that we know the Bengals spend on free agents when they've had to. They haven't lately, but there are enough John Thorntons, Tory Jameses, Dexter Jacksons, Deltha O'Neals, Bobbie Williams, and Antwan Odoms in their past to know they'll do it.

A final look at who the national media believes the Bengals will select during the 2020 NFL Draft
The 2020 NFL Draft will offer plenty of intrigue not only for the prospects available, but that it will be the first virtual draft conducted in league history. With that backdrop, here are who national media members believe the Bengals will select in the top rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Here’s everything Bengals fans need to know to watch the 2020 NFL Draft
However, this NFL Draft will have a different look being held in an all virtual format. Due to local and national restrictions stemming from the pandemic, this year's draft will be conducted by a virtual selection process that will see all 32 NFL teams operating from their homes.

Bengals shot down Dolphins' inquiries into No. 1 NFL draft pick, sources say
The Dolphins have shown interest in a number of potential first-round quarterbacks, including Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert. Last week, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said he has gotten to know Tagovailoa and Herbert through the draft process, calling them both "interesting kids."

NFL draft rumors: Dolphins asked Bengals about No. 1 draft pick trade possibility
The Miami Dolphins have inquired about the possibility of trading with the Cincinnati Bengals for the No. 1 draft pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Dolphins were informed that the Bengals have no plans of trading the pick and will stay put at No. 1.

NFL draft: Joe Burrow pick the last chance for Bengals in Cincinnati
Joe Burrow probably doesn’t know that the Bengals stadium lease is up in 2026. Definitely, he doesn’t care. It’s not his concern that his performance for the next four years – the length of a rookie contract in the NFL – likely will determine if the city keeps its NFL team.

For Joe Burrow, the N.F.L. Draft Offers a Path Home - The New York Times
L.S.U.’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback grew up near Athens, Ohio, which gives fans of the Cincinnati Bengals more reason to take heart that their team has the No. 1 pick.

As NFL draft approaches, Bengals face uncertain end to Dalton-Green era
What ended up becoming a season-ending ankle injury was a harbinger of things to come as Cincinnati cratered. Green’s longtime teammate, quarterback Andy Dalton, also suffered a rocky season. He was benched for three games in November and the Bengals finished 2019 with the league’s worst record.

Chad Johnson Defends Cincinnati Bengals Against Stephen A. Smith
Thanks to owning the number one overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals are at the center of the sports world currently. With the spotlight comes plenty of criticism, and there was no exception to that rule on Wednesday morning.

Around the league

Charley Casserly 2020 NFL mock draft 3.0: Bucs protect Brady
Charley Casserly takes one last attempt at projecting the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He has three trades in the top 10 alone, including one that should excite new Bucs QB Tom Brady.

Peter Schrager 2020 NFL mock draft 3.0: Tua Tagovailoa slides
After months of buildup and a busy few weeks of phone calls, texts and Zoom sessions with NFL talent evaluators and coaches, I'm putting out my final mock for the 2020 NFL Draft. This one includes several trades, with reasoning and context, as there are a number of teams looking to move up (Atlanta, hello) and quite a few looking to drop down and acquire more assets. I've got just three quarterbacks going in the first round and only two in the top 10. There's a run on offensive tackles early and a few names you won't see elsewhere. Have at it, folks.

Saints' Loomis: Not afraid to draft QB we really like
"I think that any time you have a chance to get a quality quarterback prospect, regardless of your quarterback situation, you'd like to take advantage of that," Loomis said, via the team's official site. "For us, it hasn't come. There hasn't been the match where we're picking with a prospect that we really like. Our approach is exactly the same this year: If there's someone there that we really like and have a vision for at the time we're picking, then we're not afraid to pull that trigger."

Doctor expects Jeudy to progress 'without limitations'
Two teams expressed concern about Jeudy's left knee, which sustained a torn meniscus in 2018, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Dr. Lyle Cain sent a letter to all 32 teams detailing a previous surgery Jeudy underwent on his knee with the key detail that "Jeudy has not required any treatment" on it and Cain expects the receiver to progress "without limitations," Rapoport added.