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Bengals News (4/7): High marks

The Bengals have really had an incredible offseason so far, but what grade do they deserve?

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Cincinnati Bengals Geno Atkins Named To The NFL's 2010s All-Decade Team
Atkins in 2019 earned his eighth career Pro Bowl nomination. His eight selections are the most ever by a Bengals defensive player, ahead of Lemar Parrish (six), and the second-most in team history behind former OT Anthony Muñoz (11). No other defensive lineman has been selected more than twice.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Dan Hoard takes a look at 10 prospects for the Bengals in the second round
It's the "Nobody Knows" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as broadcaster Dan Hoard takes an in-depth look at who the Bengals are going to select with the first pick of...the second round. Plus, five minutes with head coach Zac Taylor.

The Cincinnati Bengals' Case for Trading Back into the First Round
Cincinnati boasted an offseason that signaled a change of times for the Bengals. For starters, it was reported that D.J. Reader signed a four year, $53 million deal to make him the highest-paid free agent that the Bengals have ever signed. Moments later, Trae Waynes agreed to a 3 year, $42 million contract. By the end of the free agency frenzy, they had signed several players at key positions, franchised tagged A.J. Green, and released three starters, including former first-round selection Dre Kirkpatrick.

Grading Cincinnati Bengals moves in free agency
In a monumental shift from the norm, they’ve spent more than $140 million in free agency this offseason, as second-year coach Zac Taylor and the front office seek to rebuild the roster following a 2-14 season.

Should the Bengals pair Justin Jefferson with Joe Burrow?
Would the Joe Burrow-Justin Jefferson connection be just as dominant with the Bengals? Not many expect him to make it past the Vikings at 25, but if he falls to the second round, should Cincinnati pair Jefferson with his college quarterback? The Bengals are going to take Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick. Would drafting Jefferson be the best-case scenario for both prospects and the Bengals?

In heartfelt letter to fans, Bengals offer notable note on No. 1 pick
Also present in the letter? The following statement: “We have been hard at work improving our football team during free agency and look forward to continuing that momentum when our No. 1 overall pick is announced on April 23.”

3 Bengals Players who could be on the Next NFL All-Decade Team
Despite his quiet demeanor off the field, he makes his presence known on the gridiron, and can totally wreck an offensive gameplan all on his own. Perhaps the attribute that secured Atkins’ spot on the list was his pass-rush ability from the interior position, which has helped the defense as a whole in more ways than one.

Bengals and probably Joe Burrow up first in NFL’s new virtual draft
The Bengals — and likely Burrow — will be first up leading the way for the NFL in this new virtual format. The actual broadcast itself will also be virtual, spanning multiple networks with some innovative ideas to keep fans engaged with the process as usual.

2020 NFL draft: Best Bengals option at linebacker for each round
Cincinnati added Josh Bynes in free agency but clearly still needs some help alongside Germaine Pratt as it retools arguably its worst positional group.

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NFL players for all 32 teams who would be hurt most by lost offseason
For months, the LSU quarterback has been pegged as Cincinnati's selection with the No. 1 overall pick. Assuming that happens, he will be hit hardest by the altered offseason programs because it will delay his acclimation to his new squad. Being a rookie in the NFL is already hard enough. That task becomes even more difficult without a full offseason.

Daniel Jeremiah 2020 NFL mock draft 3.0: Packers pick a QB
I'm sure there will be several teams interested in trading up for Burrow, but I can't see the Bengals passing up the opportunity to land their top QB.

Cam Newton feels like 'fish out of water' in free agency
"I really have taken this time to become stronger mentally, physically and spiritually," Newton said, via Sheena Paul of 1340AM FOX Sports. "I think that's more important than anything, man. I've gained this interest in meditating every morning. And it's time for me, where I'm a fish out of water. I've never not known anything other than the Carolina Panthers, and now it's like I want God to direct my path and put me in a position where I can thrive and be myself. But on top of that, it's still [about] becoming better."

Roethlisberger 'was going to be ready to go for OTAs'
"I was going to be ready to go for OTAs and the minicamps," Roethlisberger. "That was going to be the plan. Now I don't know how much I was going to do, I don't know if I was going to be doing team stuff or stuff like that, but I would have been definitely going to be out there ready to go."