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Bengals News (5/19): Competing against history

History is against Joe Burrow and the Bengals in 2020. Can they overcome it?

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Logan Wilson, the Bengals third round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, looks to make a strong impact as a professional
It was early in his second season at Wyoming when Bohl watched his then-freshman cornerback Logan Wilson fly across the field on the scout team anticipating plays like a seasoned veteran. Wilson would hit a gap at just the right time or perfectly blanket a tight end in coverage. It was then Bohl knew he had to make a move, even if Wilson didn't fully understand it at the time.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Dan Hoard interviews Tyler Boyd and David Fulcher
It's the "Good Feeling" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as broadcaster Dan Hoard catches up with wide receiver Tyler Boyd and speaks to Bengals legend David Fulcher about a recent accomplishment that he cherishes as much as anything he achieved in football.

Can Joe Burrow overcome rocky history for rookie QBs in NFL?
Which is another way of saying Joe Burrow faces a serious uphill climb with the Cincinnati Bengals. Besides the obvious hurdles facing the team, sheer history and the numbers behind it paint a dire picture.

Urban Meyer thinks Joe Burrow can become one of the greats, but the Bengals have to do their part
"He's at the Cincinnati Bengals now and they were 2-14 last year," Meyer said on the Move the Sticks podcast. "I'm a Bengals fan. I'm from there. Do you want to know how Joe Burrow's going to become great? Surround him with a great culture, with great leadership and some great players. He'll be great. If not, he won't"

Joe Burrow unfazed by pressure in quest to resurrect the Bengals
The Bengals selected Burrow with the No. 1 pick in last month's NFL Draft because they believe he can help turn around a franchise that has been stuck in the mud. Cincinnati has had four straight losing seasons. Their most successful runs have ended with heartbreaking postseason losses. The Bengals haven't won a playoff game since January 6, 1991.

Bengals listed as a surprise playoff contender for 2020
If you survey the football landscape, the large majority believe that the Cincinnati Bengals will fall somewhere in the range of 4-8 wins. If you ask Pro Football Focus, however, they could see the Queen City enjoying playoff football in January.

Bengals' Legend David Fulcher says Cincinnati needed Vonn Bell
The Cincinnati Bengals‘ free-agent overhaul was desperately needed and something that fans had long been hoping for. After a quiet start, the front office secured two big-time names in defensive tackle D.J. Reader and cornerback Trae Waynes. Many were shocked that the team would spend that much money on the open market and after those additions, along with a few other transactions, the belief was the spending spree was over.

Rookie Profile: Marcel Spears Jr. joins the Bengals' crowded linebacker room
The Bengals wanted to get linebackers that are fast and can cover. Spears fits that profile, but it's going to be hard for him to earn a practice squad spot on this team. It's possible with a solid training camp and preseason, but the Bengals have invested so much into the linebacker position, that the odds are stacked against him.

Around the league

NFL instituting changes to Rooney Rule
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday that the league will require clubs to interview at least two external minority candidates for head coaching openings and at least one minority candidate for any coordinator job, per sources informed of the decision.

NFC East projected starters: Cowboys' defense full of questions
The first seven offensive names (through Tyron Smith) listed above represent an outrageous amount of firepower, and that doesn't even include terrific backup running back Tony Pollard. Mike McCarthy 2.0 sounds like a man ready to try to win shootouts -- and he has the roster to do so.

Big Ben shaves, posts workout video of him throwing
The Pittsburgh Steelers official Twitter feed released a video of Roethlisberger tossing a pigskin with JuJu Smith Schuster, Ryan Switzer and James Conner. Then the QB got a trim.The Steelers quarterback feeling like he's back to throwing passes normally is a good progression for Big Ben's return. Roethlisberger noted last month that he was going to be ready for OTAs and minicamp -- which would have started this month under normal circumstances.

Lynn says Chargers looked at Cam Newton, but liked QBs on roster
"Absolutely, Cam is a tremendous quarterback," Lynn recently told CBS Sports Radio. "He's been MVP of this league, he's led his team to the Super Bowl and he's healthy now from what I hear. Cam is going to be on somebody's roster and he's going to help somebody win a few games, but yeah, we did take a look at that, sure."

Reich believes Rivers intends to play 'multiple years' with Colts
His family packed up and moved from their long-term home of Southern California to be closer to their actual home, settling in Florida for now. His pursuit of employment led him north to Indiana, where he signed a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts. The new pairing in Indianapolis could last longer than a year, according to his new coach.