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Bengals News (7/27): Reintroducing offense

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Some of the biggest changes to the Bengals offense in 2020 is some familiar faces coming back healthy.

Bengals Waive Isiah Swann
Swann, a rookie from Dartmouth College, had signed as a college free agent on April 27.

Training Camp Meet And Greet: Offense
There is genuine excitement at Paul Brown Stadium with the addition of the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, the returns of A.J. Green and Jonah Williams and productive incumbent starters in place like Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon and Trey Hopkins. Year 2 of the Zac Taylor Era has arrived, and the Bengals are ready to cash in their chips with offensive talent that displays depth, experience and skill. With veterans scheduled to report July 28, let's review.

Six players put on NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list
The six players included two veterans (Cleveland Browns running back Dontrell Hilliard and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Jon'Vea Johnson) and four undrafted rookies (‪Baltimore Ravens defensive back Nigel Warrior, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Kendall Futrell, Browns defensive back Jovante Moffatt and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Aleva Hifo).

Dave Lapham weighs in on Joe Mixon's future with the Bengals
"Yes, I would. I'd give Joe Mixon a similar deal," Lapham told Dan Hoard on the Bengals Booth Podcast. "Joe, obviously, was a huge, huge factor in the second half of the season last year. Without A.J. (Green) around and not having the passing attack they had and knowing that Joe Mixon was going to run the football — he still was one of the top rushers in the National Football League the last eight games of the season. Obviously he's a lightning rod for the rest of the team. Guys gravitate toward him. They feed off his energy. He provides a lot of energy. He's a hell of a player. I would. I'd ink him if I could."

Bengals begin trimming roster by waiving Isiah Swann
Under new rules outlined via negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA, the Bengals can either cut to 80 players before veterans report to training camp or cut down to that number at a later date but split camp into two groups.

Bengals linebacker Jordan Evans looks like he's ready for the 2020 season
Evans saw his playing time on defense drop considerably in 2019. He was on the field for 45% of the Bengals defensive snaps in 2018 (510). That dropped to just 76 defensive snaps (7%) last season. Most of his playing time came on special teams, where he played a career-high 306 snaps (69%).

Bengals DT Breakdown: Atkins and Reader lead the way
The Bengals signed Atkins to a $62.5 million extension in August 2018. He's under contract through 2022. Atkins is scheduled to make a base salary of $11.1 million and could earn up to $14.2 million for the season. That number will only rise over the next few seasons.

Bengals place Kendall Futrell on the COVID-19 reserve list
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Bengals placed Kendall Futrell on the list. In another report, Pelissero clarified that players will get placed on the list “either after testing positive or being quarantined close contact with an infected person.”

Around the league

Top 100 Players of 2020, Nos. 80-71: Josh Jacobs enters list
It's that time of year again, when we learn who NFL players voted as the best of the best in the league.From Sunday through Wednesday, NFL Media will reveal a new set of names from the "Top 100 Players of 2020." Check in here and on NFL Network each day at 8 p.m. ET to see where your favorite players rank.

Jamal Adams, players react to star DB's trade to Seahawks
The blockbuster trade prompted reactions from players around the NFL, including several Seahawks and Adams, who took a moment to thank the city of New York and Jets fans for supporting him during his first three seasons. Adams also said hello to his new fan base and exchanged in a bit of a heated back and forth with his now-former teammate Le'Veon Bell. Here's what they had to say:

After June arrest, Giants releasing Pro Bowl K Rosas
Kicker Aldrick Rosas has been released by the New York Giants, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning. In a subsequent move, the Giants are expected to sign Chandler Catanzaro, Rapoport reported, per a source.

Patriots release two undrafted quarterbacks and get roster to 80 players prior to NFL deadline, per report - CBSSports.com
On the eve of rookies and quarterbacks arriving in Foxborough to begin training camp, the New England Patriots cut bait with nine players on Sunday, bringing their roster to 80 players, according to Jim McBride of The Boston Globe. Among that near dozen players who were shown the door were quarterbacks J'Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke, both of whom went undrafted this earlier this offseason. The other roster casualties consist of receivers Isaiah Zuber, Sean Riley, and Will Hastings along with linebacker Kyahva Tezino, defensive tackle Courtney Wallace, and safeties Adarius Pickett and Malik Gant.