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Bengals News (6/25): Breaking out

Who are the best breakout candidates for the Bengals in 2020?

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From John Ross to Michael Jordan, who could be the Bengals breakout star in 2020? writers Geoff Hobson and Michael LaPlaca, along with broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham, offer their insights to a series of questions regarding the Bengals.

Brian Simmons Takes Bengals Rookie Back (ers) To The Future
Reggie Williams is the Bengals' all-time best linebacker, of course. But Brian Simmons, with the tip of a Bills hat to Takeo Spikes, did it all during nine seasons he straddled the centuries and the Bengals' rise from AFC Central doormat to AFC North heavy in a career that began with a similar draft.

Bengals' Lineman Posts Homophobic Picture on Instagram
Hart entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick in 2015 and found himself playing for the Bengals two years ago. Starting all 16 games for Cincinnati in 2018 and 2019, Hart has become a consistent member of one of the league's worst offenses.

Joe Burrow is so ahead Bengals coaches have asked him to slow down
That’s clearly showing up in the all-virtual offseason with coaches and the team. Let offensive coordinator Brian Callahan tell it, coaches have had to ask Burrow to slow down because he’s so far ahead of the groups.

2020 NFL Preview: Joe Burrow tries to save the Bengals
The No. 1 pick of the draft went from a relative nobody to posting perhaps the greatest single-season performance in college football history. Burrow went from a mid- to late-round prospect to the clear top pick of the draft to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Could the Bengals field the offensive and defensive rookie of the year?
Unsurprisingly, Joe Burrow leads the pack when it comes to the odds of winning offensive rookie of the year. That’s generally the case with first overall picks who are reigning Heisman Trophy winners. While all the attention is on the Cincinnati Bengals’ new man under center though, it’s being overlooked that the team wields two strong candidates for the best first-year player on the other side of the ball.

Former Bengals standout plans to give his own "stimulus checks"
On May 18 after dining at Havana’s Cuban Cuisine in Miami after restaurants were allowed to reopen in Broward County and Miami-Dade County, Johnson left a $1,000 tip on a bill for $37.40, writing on the check “Congrats on re-opening, sorry about the pandemic, hope this helps. I LOVE YOU.”

Cincinnati Bengals still rank top 5 in cap space — for now
Context is important. Inking A.J. Green, Joe Mixon and even others like William Jackson to extensions could be tough. But zooming out for a moment, it’s important to keep in mind the roughly $24 million the Bengals have in free cap space still ranks among the top five teams in the league.

Carson Palmer talks Joe Burrow's potential with Bengals
The Bengals were 2-14 in 2019 and are hoping Burrow can be the answer to their problem that was not exactly solved with Andy Dalton. Prior to Dalton, the Bengals rode Carson Palmer as their franchise quarterback, but postseason success eluded both quarterbacks.

Bengals AFC North watch: Will the Ravens sign Antonio Brown?
According to Michael Silver of NFL Network, the Baltimore Ravens have reportedly had internal discussions about bringing in star wide receiver Antonio Brown. The Cincinnati Bengals have had to deal with the shifty pass catcher twice a year before, but the team that resides in M&T Bank Stadium is a different caliber squad than any group the Steelers put together during Brown’s tenure with them.

Around the league

Unresolved storylines: Fates of Cam, Clowney; Chris Jones' tag
As the NFL world settles down for the start of summer and prepares for a pandemic-challenged preseason and beyond, there is a slew of uncertainty surrounding the 2020 campaign. Will the regular season kick off as scheduled on Thursday, Sept. 10, with the Houston Texans taking on the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium?

2020 Hall of Fame Game to be canceled, enshrinement postponed
In addition, the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on Aug. 8 has been postponed until 2021. Five modern-era players, Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James and Troy Polamalu; coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson; and three contributors, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue and George Young, were set to be enshrined this year.

John Lynch thinks NFC champion 49ers can be even better in 2020
"We talk about it a lot, (coach) Kyle (Shanahan) and I. It's a philosophy that we kind of bonded on when we first started having conversations. It's something Jon Gruden used to talk about. You never stay the same. You're either getting better or you're getting worse."

Shaq Barrett 'still up in the air' on signing his tag
"It's still up in the air right now, about 50-50," Barrett said Wednesday on NFL Total Access when asked by Colleen Wolfe what the story was behind him having yet to sign. "We'll find out a little more information on Friday."

Giants QB Daniel Jones bulking up this offseason
"He's done a good job of putting together a good physique,'' Boone said. "At the end of the day he wanted to get stronger and get a little more meat on his bones but still maintain being able to run and move around and being on the field the whole time. Not 'I've put on too much weight and I get short-winded now.' His thing was make sure he could stay mobile, agile and be out on the field the whole time."