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Bengals News (6/16): Class coming to an end

The Bengals are entering their last week for veterans virtual Spring meetings.

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Bengals Vets Start Last Week of Spring Meetings
But special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons would take the last month on the computer and trade it for those reps where he races down the field in the middle of a punt or a kick scrum while barking techniques as his guys shoulder poles to emphasize the proper leverage.

Cincinnati Bengals: Updating Bengals’ odds outlook in AFC North
Taking a look at updated odds, the AFC North numbers stand out in a big way. Over at BetMGM, the Bengals are +2500 to win the division in 2020, by far the worst number. The Cleveland Browns are +500 in third place with the Pittsburgh Steelers second at +320. Understandably, the Baltimore Ravens are the outright favorites at -200.

The best Cincinnati Bengals team in franchise history
Sam Wyche coached the Bengals at the time and was in his fifth year stewarding the franchise. Wyche was an assistant coach, coincidentally, for the 49ers when the Bay Area team defeated Cincinnati in 1981-82. Leading up to the 1988 season, Wyche’s Bengals were .500 or better only twice in four years, and they never clinched a postseason berth.

Bengals jersey redesign by a designer is worth a look
Makes sense — the dramatic overhaul of the roster put forth by Zac Taylor and the arrival of Joe Burrow denotes the beginning of a new era. It’d only feel right for the Bengals to re-do the jerseys in the process.

A.J. Green one of few stars yet to sign franchise tag one month out
Green not putting ink to paper yet isn’t a surprise, though it’s notable to hear he’s alongside names like Dak Prescott and Yannick Ngakoue as superstars who haven’t done so, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Bengals well-represented in "Ultimate NFL Draft" since 1970
The Bengals had nine such players they selected make the list, although Hall of Fame tackle Anthony Munoz wasn't considered the pick the best No. 3 selection since 1970. He was nosed out by the Detroit Lions selecting running back Barry Sanders No. 3 overall in the 1989 draft.

Bengals news: A.J. Green has yet to sign franchise tag
The deadline, on July 15, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, has brought into perspective several players who have not signed the franchise yet. Among them and the 31-year-old Bengals wideout Green are Dallas Cowboys franchise quarterback Dak Prescott, Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl champion defensive tackle Chris Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett, and Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons.

Predicting the Bengals' highest rated players in Madden 21
As fans around the world await the return of football, many turn to EA’s Madden to get a fill of their favorite team. With the next edition of the popular game set to be released in August, let’s take a crack at predicting which five Cincinnati Bengals will earn the highest ratings.

Around the league

Goodell: I 'encourage' a team to sign Colin Kaepernick
"If he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's gonna take a team to make that decision," Goodell told ESPN's Mike Greenberg on a special edition of SportsCenter on Monday. "But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that."

Shanahan, 49ers agree to new contract through '25
The San Francisco 49ers and Kyle Shanahan have agreed to new contract that keeps the head coach with team through the 2025 season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

Mike Gundy meets with OK State players, commits to changes
Hubbard's dispatch included a tweet that shows Gundy on a fishing trip wearing an OAN T-shirt -- OAN, or One America News Network, is known as a far-right news outlet. Within hours of Hubbard calling Gundy's T-shirt "completely insensitive" and "unacceptable," Gundy and Hubbard appeared together in a brief video in which Gundy said he met with players following Hubbard's tweet, and is "looking forward to making some changes, and it starts at the top with me."

Cowboys, Texans have tested positive for COVID-19
Multiple Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys football players, including Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott, have recently tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday.