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Bengals News (7/20): Reintroduce yourself to Cincinnati’s defense

The Bengals reworked their entire defense, and they are left with plenty of new faces for fans to get to know.

Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Preview: Looking at the defense
The Bengals attacked the offseason with a clear plan to upgrade their defense at every level. A flurry of additions through the draft and free agency, it is possible that the Bengals have at least six new starters on opening day.

A.J. Green thinks Joe Burrow, offseason moves will boost Bengals
While the challenges of the past few months are entirely different than those from nine years ago, players have faced similar setbacks in the form of a lack of OTAs and access to team facilities because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Still, Green believes the flurry of offseason moves, most notably the addition of No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow, will translate into good things whenever the team does resume on-field activity.

5 offseason questions with Cincy Jungle about the Bengals, and what to expect from Joe Burrow
With it being the offseason, Patrick Judis from Cincy Jungle and I decided to exchange five questions to learn some more about expectations for each other’s team in 2020. My answers to Patrick’s questions will be on Cincy Jungle soon, but below are the five questions I asked him about the Bengals (and a former Brown):

James Jones sees 15 TDs for A.J. Green with Joe Burrow under center
Days after the world found out Green signed his franchise tender and will play on the tag in 2020, former NFL wideout James Jones hit up NFL Network and said he could see the veteran wideout putting up 15 touchdowns thanks to Burrow.

Will Bengals star A.J. Green ever return to former fantasy glory?
Green posted fantasy-relevant numbers every season from 2011 to 2017, finishing inside of the top-12 FF players at the position over four separate campaigns. He also cleared 1,000 yards in six of seven efforts, with the outlier being 2016 when he only managed 964 yards over a 10-game period.

Former Bengals LB Rey Maualuga arrested Saturday in NKY
Former Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga was arrested early Saturday for intoxicated driving and reckless driving in Villa Hills, according to Kenton County Jail website. Maualuga, a 2009 second round pick of the Bengals, was arrested by the Villa Hills Police Department and booked in the jail around 2 a.m. Saturday, the jail’s website showed.

Bengals coaches hyped to have A.J. Green mentoring Tee Higgins
The subject of Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green serving as a mentor to second-round rookie Tee Higgins isn’t a new one.

The ideal starting lineup for the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive line in 2020
In an uncharacteristic offseason, the Cincinnati Bengals spent big on their defense in free agency. Through the draft, they addressed their passing game with the additions of Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins. However, the team’s biggest weakness, the offensive line, was virtually unchanged.

D.J. Reader saw Bengals’ free-agency moves and wanted to join movement
The Bengals keyed a roster overhaul by standing as one of free agency’s biggest spenders, which included bringing on star defensive lineman D.J. Reader.

2020 Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Team Preview: In Joe Burrow We Trust!
The Cincinnati Bengals brought in head coach Zac Taylor to hopefully save the sliding franchise in 2019. In his first season, Cincy continued on their downward path with a 2-14 record. Taylor helped Jared Goff make a step forward as the Rams’ QB coach in 2018. He has seven seasons of coaching experience in the NFL with his highest-ranking job before last year being the offensive coordinator/QB coach for the Dolphins in 2015.

Around the league

Players tweet coordinated response to NFL's COVID-19 guidelines
"NFL clubs met today via videoconference and received an update on preparations for the 2020 season. We will continue to implement the health and safety protocols developed jointly with the NFLPA, and based on the advice of leading medical experts, including review by the CDC. We will address additional issues in a cooperative way. All decisions will be made in an effort to put us in position to play a full regular season and postseason culminating with the Super Bowl which is the shared goal of the clubs and the players."

Can Bosa-led 49ers’ first-round front thrive once more?
The Nick Bosa-led band of chaos makers tallied 45 sacks – including their run to the Super Bowl – last season to set a single-season record for the most sacks by a collection of first-round picks, according to NFL Research. But after a noticeable regression down the stretch for the 49ers defense and the loss of Buckner, the question for the reigning NFC champions lingers as to whether San Francisco's No. 1 pass defense can continue to excel in 2020?

NFL News: NFLPA says teams could lose $70 million in 2021 cap
A lot of talk concerning how the Coronavirus may affect the 2021 salary cap has cropped up recently, and with good reason. As more and more teams begin to announce plans for restricted capacity (or none at all), it’s becoming more and more clear that teams will take a hit when it comes to the 2020 revenue stream.