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Bengals News (7/29): Setting expectations

Pro Football Focus helps set some proper expectations for Joe Burrow’s rookie season.

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Covid-19 tests, Tee Higgins and Joe Burrow signings kick off the Cincinnati Bengals training camp
What promises to be the slowest evolving training camp in Bengals history took some robust steps Tuesday with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow's verbal contract agreement, the investiture of No. 85 to rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins and the arrival of the veterans for their first Covid-19 tests.

Cincinnati Bengals sign wide receiver Tee Higgins
Higgins (6-4, 216) spent the last three seasons (2017-19) at Clemson University and totaled 135 career receptions for 2448 yards and 27 TDs (tied school record). Over his three seasons at Clemson, he helped the Tigers to a combined 41-3 record and three berths in the College Football Playoff, including a National Championship in the 2018 season.

Report: Overall No. 1 pick Joe Burrow agrees to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Burrow, the LSU quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy, has been in Cincinnati for a few weeks and was seen at a local workout on Monday. News of the four-year deal came after the Bengals' veterans reported for their initial Covid-19 testing Tuesday morning.

Aaron Hancock of Wyoming High School Wins Paul Brown Coaching Award
"Being a high school coach is special," said Bengals president Mike Brown. "My father always counted Massillon High School as the best coaching job he ever had, because there he could influence the lives of young people. Coach Hancock has done just that at Wyoming. He has been a splendid coach and built an exceptional football program, and it's important to us at the Bengals to be able to honor coaches like him each year with this award."

Source - Bengals QB Joe Burrow agrees to $36.1M rookie contract
Burrow is expected to receive the entirety of his $23.9 million signing bonus within 15 days of an executed contract. Burrow and second-round pick Tee Higgins are the lone Bengals who did not have deals signed as Cincinnati's veterans reported to the team facility on Tuesday.

Top pick Joe Burrow agrees to rookie deal with Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals don’t have the best history with rookie holdouts and they don’t often like to spend money, so Joe Burrow being unsigned as camps open up was a bit concerning. But there won’t be a holdout. Burrow agreed in principle on his rookie deal Tuesday according to reports.

The Bengals 'could be in the market' for a veteran quarterback
Having three signal-callers on the active roster and at least one on the expanded 16-man practice squad could end up being a minimum requirement for most NFL teams. The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 will force all 32 organizations to consider carrying an extra quarterback.

Joe Burrow, Bengals reach agreement on contract; here's what the terms look like, per report
Logan Wilson was the first linebacker picked. He's born to command the middle. Davis-Gaither is new-age outside 'backer with twitchy change-of-direction talent, the mature ability to defeat blocks en route to the ball carrier and plenty of experience and effectiveness blitzing around the edge. Evans has the body of a weak-side, playmaking linebacker, he just hasn't played much during his first three years with the Bengals, and now there are three new linebackers on the roster.

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers wanted to play with Bengals’ Tee Higgins
In case Cincinnati Bengals fans haven’t heard, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been too publicly thrilled with his team’s decision to select quarterback Jordan Love with a first-round pick this year.

Tee Higgins announces he’s signed rookie deal with Bengals
The first pick of the second round, Higgins was a player the Bengals say they viewed as a first-round talent. Funnily enough, his most common pro comparison was A.J. Green.

Setting expectations for Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow in 2020
No rookie quarterback is immune from growing pains, so setting realistic expectations will be an essential first step for Burrow and his early development in Cincinnati. Here, we will look at some of the most recent and productive rookie performances in order to look at a broad range of outcomes and develop a more realistic picture of what we can expect from Burrow during his first NFL season.

Around the league

Top 100 Players of 2020, Nos. 20-11: Tom Brady drops to No. 14
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.

Joey Bosa, Chargers agree to huge 5-year, $135M deal
Surpassing Browns pass rusher Myles Garrett at $25 million, Bosa's $27 million will make him the highest-paid defensive player in average per season, according to NFL Research. His $135 million sum trails only the Bears' Khalil Mack at $141 million for highest total among defenders, per NFL Research.

Top 100 Players: Julio Jones among biggest snubs from top 10
NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2020 concludes on Wednesday night, with the order for the top 10 -- as voted on by the players themselves -- revealed over two episodes beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The players who made the top 10 were unveiled on Tuesday evening. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung among six Patriots to opt out
"Me and my fiancée are just more concerned with the health of our family than football -- especially the new addition to our family," Hightower told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

List of NFL players to opt out of 2020 season
Under the amended collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association, agreed to on July 24, players have the choice to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.