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Bengals News (5/11): Grounded expectations

It is understandable to be excited for the Bengals in 2020, but don’t set this team up to disappoint you.

NFL Combine - Day 2

Cincinnati Bengals 2020 schedule: 3 intriguing matchups
The Bengals will face teams from the AFC East, AFC South, AFC West and NFC East during the regular season. Cincinnati was 2-14 last season and the team will try to improve this upcoming year. The Bengals should be better as long as Burrow can mesh well with veterans like running back Joe Mixon and wide receiver A.J. Green.

Zac Taylor 'set' with Burrow, 2 more youngsters at QB
"We're set. We've got three young guys we really look forward to investing a lot of reps in," Taylor said on Friday, via Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We think they have bright futures. We feel really good about where we're at right now."

Cincinnati Bengals games we’re most excited about in 2020
The Browns have been on the receiving end of a ton of hype again. Much of it is warranted based on the on-paper additions and outlook. But we’ll have an early-season look at whether the hype can translate given that the Bengals figure to boast a strong pass-rush again.

Where Joe Burrow ranks vs. Tua Tagovailoa in recent NFL jersey sales
But it’s interesting to think about the context vs. the entire NFL. Where does Burrow rank among the league’s other big storylines? Especially against Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and one Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady?

Joe Burrow and the rest of the Bengals' rookies to meet with veterans for first time
The coaching staff has met with most of the veterans, including the players they signed in free agency, over the past few weeks. The meetings aren't mandatory, but they help the coaches install plays and schemes.

Bengals news: AJ Green wants to mentor Tee Higgins like Chad Johnson mentored him
Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins will wear No. 85 this season. Fittingly enough, A.J. Green wants to mentor Higgins much as Chad Johnson, the last man who wore that number, mentored him as a young player.

As optimism soars, patience is key for Cincinnati Bengals
The Brown family went on the biggest spending spree in team history throughout free-agency. On top of that, the Bengals drafted a quarterback coming off the greatest season in college football history, who also happens to be a local hero.

Around the league

Jets LB Mosley: 'Crazy move' to trade Jamal Adams
Yes, trading a premier safety after just three seasons does sound like a crazy move. Doing so to avoid paying him would also qualify as crazy, especially for a team that has spent much of the last decade picking in the upper half of the draft's first round. The Jets need to accrue pieces like Adams, not trade him because of off-field disputes.

Nick Saban sees 'easy transition' for S Xavier McKinney
One has to surmise there's a bit of bias when it comes to Alabama head coach Nick Saban giving an assessment of safety Xavier McKinney's NFL prospects. Then again, Saban's track record of producing NFL-ready players is noted -- Josh Jacobs, Rashaan Evans and safeties Eddie Jackson and Minkah Fitzpatrick are some of the more recent 'Bama products to have gotten off to sensational NFL starts.

Five No. 1 vs. No. 1 offerings highlight 2020 slate
For the AFC North and NFC West, it's the beginning and the continuation, respectively, of No. 1 vs. No. 1 battles that could potentially be rivalries for seasons to come.

Rivers, Brady will start '20 season making history
Look no further than the 38-year-old Philip Rivers and the 42-year-old Tom Brady, who are expected to become the fifth and sixth quarterbacks in NFL history to start for new teams after having previously won 100-plus starts for another franchise, per NFL Research. Rivers will be No. 5 and Brady No. 6 as the Colts are set to open at the Jaguars at 1 p.m. ET, with Brady's Bucs at the Saints in a 4:25 start in Week 1.