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Bengals News (5/25): Staying grounded

Undrafted rookie linebacker Marcel Spears Jr. didn’t let his new NFL job go to his head.

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Bengals Rookie LB Spears Just Did His Two Jobs
It was only a week or so ago that Spears gave his notice to the Walmart near his home in Olathe, Kan., so he was able to spend Memorial Day Saturday treating his mother and girlfriend to pedicures.

Bengals-Ravens rivalry gets added spice with Pernell McPhee’s comments
While it isn’t Bengals-Steelers, the usual season-ending bout with the Ravens always makes for a good time. But it wasn’t really in need of any additional offseason trash talk to make it better.

Cincinnati Bengals roster: Projected starters on offense
A big competition in the offensive trenches will unfold over the summer at a handful of spots and a wildly deep wideout group will spar it out for the right to start.

Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner likes comparisons to Bengals No. 1 pick Joe Burrow
“I actually had seen that a couple times out there, people making that comparison. And I kind of like it, based on what I’ve seen,” Warner said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “If you go back and look at what they did at LSU, like 80% of the time, they went five out. Five-man protection, get everybody out, put it in the quarterback’s hands, deal the football. The accuracy part of it, the ability to make the throw down the field. But where he thrived was quick decisions, accuracy, [and] decision making. And that, to me, is exactly how I played the game.

Around the league

Social media reaction to Tom Brady-Peyton Manning charity golf match
Tom Brady might be the best quarterback of all time. He's certainly not the best golfer. But his play on (and off) the green has been just as captivatin. Brady, paired with Phil Mickelson, took on old friend Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods at Medalist Golf Club in Florida to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts.

Retired Travis Frederick thinks Cowboys have chance to 'go far'
"The team is set up extremely well. The front office did a great job of getting people in place," Frederick said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Mac Engel. "On paper, it looks like a really, really solid team. They have a chance to go far."

Myles Garrett, Nick Bosa among NFL's top 10 disruptors of 2019
But one position group has taken on increased importance in the last half decade or so, which only makes sense when considering the rise of the passing game. Where should opponents invest their resources? In those who hunt the quarterback.

NFL Hot or Not: Chiefs, Broncos sizzle; Dwayne Haskins icy
It's an easy time to drop word-bombs on the rebuilding Jaguars, but the new-look defense has a pair of exciting edge rushers in 2019 No. 7 overall pick Josh Allen and 2020 first-rounder K'Lavon Chaisson. (Throw in Pro Bowl edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue -- if he inks his franchise tag -- and we're cooking.) Jacksonville loyalists will fall for free-agent signee Joe Schobert at linebacker, too.