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Bengals News (7/19): Just the beginning

A.J. Green’s return is another key addition to a Bengals’ turnaround.

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For the second time in his career, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green leads an overhaul.
When he broke into the league nine years ago, Green remembers it was just basically him and his fellow rookie, quarterback Andy Dalton, flinging it on the fly and drawing it in the dirt as they went. Chad Johnson, the all-time leading receiver in Bengals history, had been traded the day before Green took the field for the first time as a Bengal. Not only was Green the man, he had to be the man.

How serious was the Bengals' interest in Justin Herbert?
Going into the 2020 NFL Draft, there were a number of rumors involving Justin Herbert and where the former Oregon signal-caller might end up end going. Holding the No. 6 pick, the Los Angeles Chargers eventually drafted Herbert much like many expected would happen when the draft order was set at the end of the NFL season. But in the final weeks before the NFL Draft, rumors emerged for just about every NFL team that needed a quarterback and Herbert.

How Joe Burrow is a match made in heaven for Bengals offense
Joe Burrow will step in right away on day one for the Cincinnati Bengals at quarterback. Replacing Andy Dalton, the Bengals hope the No. 1 overall pick is their answer to the franchise quarterback problem and the key to winning the first Super Bowl in franchise history.

AFC North training camp preview: Bengals rising; Steelers on mend
The Baltimore Ravens won their second straight division title in 2019, and they did it in resounding fashion, seemingly tightening their grip on what is traditionally a bitter, two-team race to the top. Baltimore's main rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are ready for revenge in 2020 thanks to the return of Ben Roethlisberger, James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster, who each missed time due to injury last season. But two other hopefuls lie in the tall grass, waiting to pounce.

Around the league

NFL training camp set to start as scheduled
Training camp for all 32 NFL teams will commence as previously scheduled, with veterans set to report on July 28. NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent sent an email to all 32 NFL clubs' general managers and head coaches notifying them of this on Saturday.

Playing ‘somewhere else’ drove Gronkowski's return
"As a player, you always want to see what it is like somewhere else," Gronkowski told Boston radio WEEI, via the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud. "(I) thought of that before, definitely after playing nine years in the NFL and I also thought about it when I came out of retirement.

RB Jordan Howard joined Fins to be part of 'turnaround'
A longtime civil rights leader and politician, Lewis was a United States Representative for Georgia's Fifth congressional district from 1987 until his passing. He was the youngest and last survivor the of the Big Six civil rights activists, which was a group led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and had a monumental impact on the civil rights movement.

The Chiefs just won another Super Bowl! Why Kansas City will repeat
Hyperbole? Hardly. The champs won July. Owned it. Crushed it. Solidified their standing atop any and all power rankings. Cemented their status as the team to beat, likely for years to come. At this moment, picking any other squad to win Super Bowl LV is contrarian cuteness.

How COVID-19 limitations will affect NFL rosters; respect Zeke!
As the COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges around the world, the NFL is still figuring out how to stage a season. And while the players and owners continue negotiating a plan that will enable teams to properly prepare for the regular season, it appears that we could see the reduction or total elimination of preseason games. Without a full slate of exhibitions to prepare for the season, teams would have to adjust to a new way of life when it comes to the 2020 campaign. Don't forget: Teams weren't able to run their normal offseason programs, so everyone's already way behind the eight ball.

Jordan Howard joined Dolphins to be part of ‘turnaround’
It's the appeal of being part of this monumental shift that beckoned running back Jordan Howard to the Fins. Readying to play for his third team in as many seasons, Howard's motivation for joining a franchise in rebuild mode lies in once again constructing a turnaround.