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Bengals News (5/13): Plugging up the run

The Bengals are challenging their defense to be better against the run in 2020.

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Dolphins, Bengals illustrate stark difference in handling rookie QBs
The Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals were the first two teams to claim quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft. The duo of AFC cellar dwellers plucked a pair of SEC passers with their first picks — the additions of Joe Burrow in Cincinnati and Tua Tagovailoa in Miami have energized both fanbases as the teams look to turn around their fortunes in the coming seasons.

Podcast: Joe Burrow vs Tua Tagovailoa and a third quarter review of the Bengals' schedule
Jake Liscow and I breakdown the third quarter of the Bengals' schedule, which includes a Week 13 matchup against the Dolphins. In a perfect world, this would be the first time Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa faced each other in the NFL.

2020 Bengals schedule: Ranking the games from easiest to hardest
The official 2020 Cincinnati Bengals schedule looks like it could have a few openings for the Joe Burrow era to craft some memorable moments.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns 'Madden 20' simulation
Watch the highlights from a "Madden 20" simulation of the Week 2 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns.

Joe Burrow is arranging 7-on-7 workouts with Bengals teammates
"A huge thing that kind of surprised me was Sam Hubbard hit me up asking 'when are guys gonna get back to Cincinnati?' And Joe, he's just so excited to get things started that he wants to run 7-on-7s," Bates said on the Rapsheet and Friends podcast. "That's just the mindset that the kid has, so I'm very excited."

2020 Cincinnati Bengals: Run defense will be challenged
The Bengals are scheduled to face running backs Nick Chubb, Leonard Fournette, Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott. Plus, the best running quarterback since Mike Vick in Lamar Jackson. All seven players rushed for over 1,000 yards this past season. They combined for 8,770 rushing yards in 2019.

Bengals: Akeem Davis-Gaither is destined to outperform draft billing
Cincinnati’s front office, who has struggled with drafting linebackers in recent history, happily scooped up Davis-Gaither to give them their second promising prospect at the position. In doing so, they selected a player who is destined to outperform the draft billing of a fourth-rounder.

Predicting Bengals final 53-man roster reveals major improvement
Now that the NFL Draft has passed, the most exciting part of the offseason is in the rearview mirror. At this point, it’s just a waiting game for football activities to start. In the meantime, the focus shifts to examining who will make the Cincinnati Bengals’ final roster.

Around the League

AFC North projected starters: Ravens loaded; Browns' O-line key
-- Don't sleep on the Ravens' tackle combination. If Lamar Jackson is the engine to the Ravens offense, the tackles are the gas. Having an MVP QB on a rookie contract is amazing, but it's outrageous to have perhaps the league's best tackle duo (Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr.) and an MVP all on their first deals. That should be impossible, and the entire group will get more expensive soon.

Raiders, CB Prince Amukamara agree to terms
A former Giants first-round pick and standout with the Bears, cornerback Prince Amukamara and the Raiders have agreed to terms, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday.

Colts excited about '1-1 punch' in RBs Mack, Taylor
Colts general manager Chris Ballard attempted in April to prevent an injury-driven downturn from happening again, spending the 41st-overall selection on Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor. Some wondered whether the pick would call into question Mack's future with the Colts. That isn't the case, according to offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, who sees a running back room with two equal contributors.

NFL to closely monitor restart of soccer in Europe
Soccer's return without fans in Europe on May 16 will provide the NFL with its closest comparison to date since the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the world and shut down major sports two months ago. NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told Newsday's Bob Glauber the league has "been in contact with all domestic leagues, but also sports organizations around the world," and has compiled "a number of protocols" to "see what works, see what can translate into our sport."