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Zac Taylor is one of the biggest underdogs to win the coach of the year award this season.

NFL Combine - Day 2

Bengals reporters offer insight on which position group they are most excited to see in training camp
Now that free agency and the draft have concluded, Bengals.com writers Geoff Hobson and Michael LaPlaca, along with broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham will offer their insights to a series of questions regarding the Bengals.

Bengals’ 2020 win total odds paint Cincinnati as a savvy underdog
Considering the Bengals won all of two games last year and picked first overall it doesn’t register as much of a surprise. There is some important context that led to such a disaster of course, but it hasn’t swayed the minds of those in charge of the lines.

Bengals: Where does Cincy’s No. 1 NFL Draft picks rank since 1970?
Zac Taylor and Co. made Joe Burrow the latest this year and the first since 2003 with Carson Palmer. Prior to that, Ki-Jana Carter was the team’s No. 1 pick in 1995 and Dan Wilkinson came off the board in the same spot the year prior.

Bengals projected to have third fewest wins in 2020 according to Football Power Index
"FPI is our prediction model for the NFL. Preseason ratings are based on each team's Las Vegas win total; last season's performance on offense, defense and special teams; the number of returning starters; coaching staff changes; and starting and backup quarterbacks."

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor a long shot to win AP Coach of the Year
BetOnline released the odds for Associated Press Coach of the Year. Taylor was tied for the third-lowest odds to win the award at 33/1. He was ahead of Joe Judge, Jon Gruden, Ron Rivera, Adam Gase, Bill O'Brien and Doug Marrone.

Around the league

Jadeveon Clowney in no rush to end his free agency
Despite having received offers from the Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks, Clowney is in no hurry to ink a new deal, Pelissero reported, adding the Tennessee Titans have also been monitoring the former No. 1 overall pick this offseason. Pelissero added it's up to Clowney as to when he makes a decision.

Lamar Jackson, Dalvin Cook among NFL's 10 most explosive runners
Explosive running is desired by every single talent evaluator at every level of football. As they say, speed kills. Entire college football conferences (hello, SEC) are built on this principle, and it's no surprise that the NFL is chock full of the best of these types of runners.

Texans DE J.J. Watt not currently seeking contract extension
"No, I don't think that's necessary," Watt said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. "I'm not going to sit here and demand anything. If I asked for an extension or money right now, I think that would be the wrong move."

Giants' Daniel Jones among Year 2 players set to make big leaps
We're an optimistic bunch here at Press Coverage, so we reject the entire idea of sophomore slumps. We, instead, expect every player to have a second season like Dan Marino, who threw for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns in his second year in Miami, or Tom Brady, who merely took over from a long-time incumbent, won the Super Bowl and began his march to being greatest player at his position in history.