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Can Joe Burrow lead a culture change in his first season?

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An up close look at the Cincinnati Bengals socially distant training camp
Bell reports with the rest of the veterans Tuesday to unofficially open the official start of training camp with a Covid-19 test. Whoever passes the test Tuesday and Friday can go into Paul Brown Stadium Sunday for a physical.

Letter to Fans: Health & Safety Top Priority as Players Return
The start of training camp is always an exciting time, and we know there is extra enthusiasm this year to see all of the players we added during free agency and the draft take their first official snaps as Bengals players.

Joe Burrow, Vonn Bell, D.J. Reader and other Bengals worked out together
Bell and Reader were the new additions, which makes sense since Bengals veterans will be tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday. They'll take another test on Friday. If both tests are negative, then they'll be allowed to take their physical on Sunday, August 2.

Can Rookie Quarterback Joe Burrow Lead a Culture Change in Cincinnati?
While last season’s 2-14 finish was certainly a low point, the simple truth is that the Bengals have not been a real contender for a very long time. Last season was the fourth in a row Cincinnati finished with a losing record, a streak that seems likely continue in 2020, as the Bengals have a lower projected win total than all but three other teams in the NFL.

Dehner Jr.: Predicting the Bengals’ 53-man roster ahead of camp
More than in any season, you can accurately predict the opening-day roster before anybody takes a training camp snap. Much will depend on health and containment of COVID-19, obviously, but here’s my prediction of how the Bengals will look when they open the season.

Bengals’ Vonn Bell takes leadership role in approach to COVID-19
Bell’s a leader in a way onlookers don’t hear most talk about players. And that extends to the greater challenges facing the Bengals and entire NFL amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Around the league

Top 100 Players: Dak Prescott, Jimmy G among top 50
It's that time of year again, when NFL players cast their votes to identify the best in the league heading into the 2020 NFL season. 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.

NFL informs clubs of social justice initiatives for Week 1
"As we continue to amplify and elevate the NFL's ongoing and long-term commitment to social justice, we will be incorporating several prominent elements on the field, into all broadcasts and across league and club platforms to begin the NFL season and beyond," the memo read in part. "In developing these concepts, we have worked directly with players and received input from the NFLPA."

Ravens KR De'Anthony Thomas latest player to opt out of season
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that players who voluntarily opt out of the season will receive a $150,000 salary advance and their contract will toll. Thomas becomes the latest player to opt out, joining Kansas City Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Duvernay-Tardif was the first player to opt out, announcing his decision Friday night.

Carroll: Had to take chance for 'great player' like Adams
"We're really pumped about it," Carroll said Monday, per SiriusXM NFL Radio. "It's so difficult to get a great player on your team, and when you have that opportunity, and you've got to take a good look at — [Seahawks general manager] John Schneider did a fantastic job of following through this process. He and his guys worked all the way throughout to stay involved with this thing so that we would have a chance with really the simple thought, 'How could we ever get a player of this magnitude on our team?' We've been drafting in the low-20s and the 30s or something forever, and that pick has never allowed us that kind of opportunity.