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Bengals News (6/5): Out of the bubble

The Bengals are banking on Joe Burrow helping them make the leap this season, and NFL figureheads are realizing things can’t go back to the way it always was.

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Can Joe Burrow bring the Bengals back into contention? | PFN
Cincinnati Bengals fans - and NFL fans - are waiting to see what kind of impact QB Joe Burrow will have when the Bengals open the 2020 season.

Joe Burrow already impressing teammates is best news Bengals could get
The Cincinnati Bengals already have some good news on the Joe Burrow front.

Andrew Whitworth says Bengals offered him 50-60 percent of what every other team offered
Not surprising, but still disappointing.

A football nerd’s guide to the Cincinnati Bengals’ 2020 season – The Athletic
There were five instances when a team improved by seven games or more. It's not crazy to think the Bengals could join that group.

Around the League

Bills rookie QB Jake Fromm apologizes for 'elite white people' text
Bills rookie quarterback Jake Fromm apologized Thursday after screenshots emerged of a text conversation in which he said only "elite white people" should be able to purchase guns.

Vikings players pay their respects at George Floyd memorial service
The Vikings canceled all virtual team meetings on Thursday and ended the business day at noon to allow players, coaches and staff members the opportunity to view a local memorial service for George Floyd.

49ers' Kyle Shanahan believes Colin Kaepernick deserves admiration | NBCS Bay Area
Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers will continue to allow players to protest, if they choose.

Colts' Chris Ballard, Bucs' Bruce Arians say people can't go back to being silent about injustice
Colts GM Chris Ballard and Bucs coach Bruce Arians on Thursday said those protesting social injustice can't go back to being silent. "We can't go back into our bubble, because that's what we've always done," Ballard said.

Biggest 2020 NFL offseason missed opportunities - Packers pass on WRs in draft; Lions still need pass-rushers
Wait, the Lions didn't add a pass-rusher? The Packers passed on every WR in a loaded draft class? Here are the moves that should have happened ... but didn't.