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Bengals News (6/14): Great support

Now that the dust has settled following the draft, the narrative surrounding the Bengals’ supporting cast has become more positive.

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Bengals Booth Podcast: Interviews with Rodney Anderson and Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson
It is the "Can't Keep A Good Man Down" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast checking in with Rodney Anderson as he looks to bounce back from the injury that ended his rookie season. Plus, Bengals.com Senior Writer Geoff Hobson on Ken Riley's case for the Hall of Fame and more.

Bengals news: Sam Hubbard, Drew Sample back to work at local gym
“It’s a peace of mind thing. I know no matter what, Pat and the guys at Black Sheep Performance are going to be able to find a way to get the work in we need to, to get ready for the season. I really enjoy it and think it’s the best way for me to develop my game, although we do need that time together in the facility where we are working out together and putting in defenses. But we are doing everything possible to get ready for the season and I’m excited.”

Bengals news: Ring of Honor, Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins notes
Whitworth’s comments aren’t anything we haven’t heard before from him at this point — but they still sting. A modern Bengals legend wanted to retire with the team and didn’t get that chance, instead going elsewhere to even play in a Super Bowl.

Redrafting the NFL: Patrick Mahomes to the Bengals, Aaron Rodgers to the Jaguars and more
On this special episode of the PFF Forecast, George and Eric are joined by PFF analysts Timo Riske and Kevin Cole, EstablishTheRun.com‘s Evan Silva and FiveThirtyEight.com‘s Josh Hermsmeyer. Each analyst was given a set of NFL teams and had four rounds to select the best foundations for their franchises.

Rodney Anderson progressing, hoping to make impact for Bengals this season
He admits the injuries have been frustrating. He broke his left leg just two games into his freshman season at Oklahoma and missed the entire 2016 campaign due to a fractured vertebrae in his neck. Combine that with two torn ACLs and it's easy to see why he'd be frustrated with his body.

Bengals: Joe Burrow's supporting cast gets ranked higher than expected
To the outside world, the Cincinnati Bengals are often an afterthought. Players in stripes rarely get the recognition that they deserve, both during their careers and after. One look at any pre-season rankings list, and you’ll often find the Bengals near the back of the pack, no matter what category is being discussed.

Around the league

J.J. Watt: Kneeling not about disrespect; Baker Mayfield to kneel
J.J. Watt and Baker Mayfield have become the latest prominent league figures to address the possibility of players protesting social injustice and police brutality during the national anthem at NFL games this season.

Broncos Chubb, Callahan ready to return at ‘full speed’
Though the additions via trade of defensive lineman Jurrell Casey and cornerback A.J. Bouye have amplified the Broncos' defensive prospects for 2020, Denver also has some returns that can serve to further aspirations.

Boston thinks Matt Rhule has ‘it’ factor coaches need
However, 2020 has been a seemingly unprecedented year for all its tribulations. Thus, for a coach such as Matt Rhule who's not just starting anew with the Panthers but taking on his first NFL head coaching job, one can only imagine the difficulties of implementing Xs and Os, much less building chemistry across a virtual offseason.

Ex-Jets QB Christian Hackenberg attempting to play baseball
"I just want to compete," Hackenberg said. "I kind of have had my trials and tribulations with the NFL and had success and had that roller-coaster ride. At the end of the day, I'm sitting here at 25. I feel like I got a lot left in the tank."