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NFL executives think highly of Joe Mixon.

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Burrow Follows Through On First Throw With Hunger Fund
The 32 seconds that rocked a region late last year has turned into what Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow hopes is an endless string of years that keeps giving when on Thursday he unveiled the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

Bengals' Joe Burrow partners with food pantry for hunger relief fund
"I'm so grateful for the outpouring of support from people across the country around the food insecurity issues faced by those in my region," Burrow said in a release. "The initial funds that were raised have had an immediate impact for people throughout Athens County, and I am honored to lend my support and voice to this new initiative that will ensure that impact lasts long into the future."

Bengals' Joe Burrow Tops Madden NFL 21 Rookie QB Ratings at 76 Overall
EA Sports officially released the ratings for every rookie quarterback Thursday, and Burrow paced the field by a fairly wide margin at 76 overall. He is followed by Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins (73), Jordan Love of the Green Bay Packers (71) and Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers (70).

Bengals QB Joe Burrow announces fund to fight hunger in Southeast Ohio
“I’m so grateful for the outpouring of support from people across the country around the food insecurity issues faced by those in my region,” Burrow said in a statement. “I am honored to lend my support and voice to this new initiative that will ensure that impact lasts long into the future.”

Bengals players have some questions about NFL’s new post-game rules
Thursday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported players won’t be allowed to do the traditional post-game festivities, including jersey swapping and otherwise:

Bengals Mailbag: Free agents, the receiver depth chart, rookie linebackers and 10-year contracts
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Bengals Joe Burrow creates foundation to fight poverty, hunger
Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Joe Burrow is making his own Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund by partnering with the Athens Food Bank and Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

League executives believe Joe Mixon is one of the NFL's best running backs
The rest of the NFL believes Mixon is one of the leagues top backs. ESPN polled over 50 executives, coaches, scouts and players in a quest to determine the NFL's best running backs. Each voter gave their best 10 to 15 backs in the league.

The 3 best running backs in Cincinnati Bengals history
The Cincinnati Bengals have long been a bastion for solid quarterback play, including their two MVP seasons coinciding with Super Bowl runs in the 1980s. However, several running backs have come through the franchise and made significant contributions.

Around the league

Proposed NFL game-day protocols include postgame restrictions
The bans were included in the game-day protocols distributed to clubs on Wednesday. Pelissero added, per a union source, that while the joint NFL-NFLPA medical committee has worked together for months to develop these protocols, those sent to clubs last night related to game day have not yet been agreed to and are "still a work in progress."

Big Ten to play conference-only schedule in 2020
"This decision was made following many thoughtful conversations over several months between the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Directors of Athletics, Conference Office staff, and medical experts including the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee," the Big Ten's statement said.

Pipelines to the Pros: Defensive backs
Where do NFL teams go to find the most pro-ready players?'s Pipelines to the Pros series explores which schools, at each of eight positions over the last 20 years, have been providing NFL clubs with not only the most draft choices but also the most impactful pro players early in their careers. And beyond that, an examination of why those schools are so successful and the factors that contribute to a college program's ability to maintain pipeline-like development at a particular spot on the field.

Julian Edelman offers to take Jackson to Holocaust museum
"I've been getting hit up by everyone asking me about this DeSean Jackson post and I wanted to take some time before I responded because it's a complicated issue and I wanted it to be thoughtful," Edelman said in a social media video. "I wrote down some of my thinking. I've seen DeSean play in his career, make outstanding football plays. We've communicated over social media. I've got nothing but respect for his game. I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation.