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Bengals News (6/11): Rookie surprise

Could Tee Higgins be the next rookie wide receiver to surprise the NFL?

NFL Combine - Day 2

Joe Burrow joins Tom Brady, other NFL stars in fight against qualified immunity for police
The 23-year-old helped raise over $500,000 for the Athens County Food Bank during his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. He was the first Bengals player to tweet about social and racial injustice in America.

Report: There are ‘renewed conversations’ about Bengals Ring of Honor
Robbed by the Hall of Fame, Riley never got his chance there and didn’t get an illustrious honor other franchise greats do around the NFL via a Ring of Honor.

Bengals: Joe Burrow goes remarkably high in ESPN's NFL re-draft
Rumblings after the 2020 NFL draft concluded indicated that the Cincinnati Bengals were highly unlikely to move out of the first pick, regardless of the trade offers they received because they believed so much in Joe Burrow. If ESPN’s NFL re-draft is any indicator, they were right to put so much faith into the cigar-smoking signal-caller.

Darron Lee seems intrigued by the idea of joining the Bengals
After an active free agency and eventful draft, the Cincinnati Bengals have been relatively quiet. While fans and pundits alike have been clamoring for the team to continue to add outside talent, such as Larry Warford, the front office seems content with where they’re at. However, free-agent linebacker Darron Lee seems to be intrigued by the idea of a return to Ohio.

Riley's death shows Bengals should start Ring of Honor ... before it's too late
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The passing of former Bengals standout cornerback Ken Riley on Sunday has rekindled the idea that it's way past time for the Bengals to start a Ring of Honor at Paul Brown Stadium, because if the idea keeps getting pushed down the road many of the initial honorees may not be around to savor the moment.

NFL analyst says Joe Burrow will be Cincinnati Bengals' 2020 MVP
The Cincinnati Bengals have gradually backslid over the past few years from a perennial playoff team to the worst squad in the NFL, and there are plenty of reasons why. While some blamed former quarterback Andy Dalton for never topping out as one of the league’s better quarterbacks, there was slippage at just about every position in Cincinnati over the last handful of seasons.

Tee Higgins could be next star rookie wide receiver with Bengals
In addition to AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, Drew Sample and Joe Mixon, the Bengals drafted former Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins, who likely slides into one of the starting receiver roles as a rookie. Higgins last saw Burrow in the national championship when he was catching passes from Trevor Lawrence, but now the two will attempt to become a dynamic rookie-rookie combo this season.

Bengals players detail ‘raw, uncut’ meeting set by Zac Taylor
As the world grapples with the issue of racism amid ongoing protests, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor set aside the start of the week to focus on issues far more important than football.

Around the league

Panthers moving Jerry Richardson statue in interest of public safety
Richardson was the founding owner of the franchise, which began play in 1995, but he abruptly put the team up for sell in disgrace after allegations of racial and sexual misconduct in the workplace made against Richardson came to light in Dec. 2017.

Colts QB Philip Rivers 'aggravated' by talk he was washed up
Philip Rivers heard the critics suggesting he's an old, rickety quarterback on the last limping leg of his NFL career who moves like a FedEx truck in a league of Corvettes. The 38-year-old knows all the talk about the 23 turnovers in Los Angeles last season, including 20 interceptions, too many of which were ugly heaves.

Saints TE coach: Jared Cook a 'one-on-one nightmare' for defenses
In the final eight games of the regular season -- all with Drew Brees in the lineup after an early-season injury to the QB -- Cook caught 28 passes for 537 yards and seven TDs. That production came after he caught just 15 balls for 168 yards and two scores the first six weeks.

NFL, NFLPA discussing possibility of shortened preseason
Nothing has been finalized or is near finalization, but multiple team executives informed of talks currently believe they could end up playing half of the typical preseason schedule, going from four games to two, Pelissero added. A shortened preseason would allow for a longer ramp-up period for a league filled with players who weren't able to get their usual offseason work in with their teams due to restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.