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Bengals News (6/22): Fatherly love

Catch up on some of the most heart warming stories to come from Father’s Day.

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Cincinnati Bengals players celebrate Father's Day with their newborns
It's been a busy offseason for the Bengals, as the team at Paul Brown Stadium wasn't the only one growing in size. Multiple Bengals players welcomed in new additions to their families, as a handful are celebrating their first Father's Day this Sunday, June 21st.

Cincinnati Bengals’ lack of signing rookies isn’t a concern yet
The NFL hasn’t faced an offseason like this often, so it isn’t too shocking the Cincinnati Bengals haven’t signed any of the Joe Burrow-led rookie class just yet.

Getting familiar with the Bengals linebacking corps
Teams that go 2-14 usually have a lot of issues. The Bengals had plenty of weaknesses to address this offseason and linebacker might’ve been the most glaring hole of all. Last season was a disaster for the crew in the middle, as Cincinnati missed a division-high 133 tackles and ranked 29th in points allowed.

Bengals, A.J. Green Discussing Extension
Green’s situation is complicated to say the least. For years, he’s been the face of the franchise, and he’s performed as one of the league’s very best receivers across multiple seasons. After Green missed all of last year, it might be tough for the two sides to come to terms. If they can’t get something done over the next few weeks, Graziano wonders aloud if Green could be traded later this summer. It would be a shock to see the Bengals part with Green, but we’ve seen similar situations play out before in the NFL.

Battle of the Bengals' back-ups: Ryan Finley vs. Jake Dolegala
Nearly every unit on the Cincinnati Bengals’ roster has undergone significant change and the quarterback room is no exception. Nine-year veteran Andy Dalton is now in Dallas and Joe Burrow leads the pack in Cincinnati. The options for the back-up signal-caller, however, have remained the same in the Queen City.

Around the league

Dak Prescott expected to sign franchise tender Monday
Though a lucrative, long-term deal is still the goal, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to sign his exclusive $31.4 million franchise tag tender on Monday, NFL Network's Jane Slater reported on Sunday, per sources informed of the situation.

Father's Day: Broncos RB Lindsay's dad inspiring him in fatherhood
The father of five sat with his oldest son, Phillip, who is entering his third season with the Denver Broncos after back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns and a Pro Bowl nod in 2018. At that time, though, Phillip had recently torn his ACL, ending his senior season at South High School. The two listened to the head coach as he guaranteed Phillip's scholarship would still be honored. The father and son felt like a weight had been lifted off their shoulders when they heard those words. Many other scholarship offers had disappeared after Phillip suffered the injury, but they were given assurance from the man leading the most prominent football program in the state that they could still count on him.

NFL's hottest offensive scheme; top 5 receivers; Ravens' complacency
Kyle Shanahan is widely considered one of the best offensive minds in the NFL after guiding the San Francisco 49ers to an appearance in Super Bowl LIV. His dynamic scheme looked unstoppable at times with a punishing running game and complementary pass attack that kept defenders on their heels.

Will Ronald Jones, Bucs rushing improve with Brady?
Since 2016, the Buccaneers rank first in passing yards per game (285.3 yards per game) and 30th in rushing (95.5), per NFL Research. Not since 2015 and Doug Martin has there been a Buccaneers runner to hit 1,000 yards rushing – which is tied for fourth as the longest active droughts, according to NFL Research.

Plenty of history for fathers, sons and NFL football
It's a lineage that was celebrated amid first-ever fashion in the second-to-last game of the 2019 NFL season, as San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan went right past his father Mike's handshake attempt and in for the hug in the aftermath of the Niners' NFC Conference Championship win over the Packers.

Twelve players whose teams should never let them leave
Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre -- all ended their careers playing in a uniform other than the one in which they began their journey to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tom Brady became the latest legend to illustrate the point that it has become far less common than it was in the past for elite players to wear just one jersey throughout their careers.