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Bengals News (8/10): Making strides

Jonah Williams’ transformation from his rookie season caught coaches off guard.

Mike Daniels visiting Bengals
Veteran defensive tackle Mike Daniels is in Cincinnati, taking a physical, a COVID-19 test and meeting with the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Bengals rumors: Mike Daniels to Cincy? A scary development for the NFL
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cincinnati Bengals are hosting defensive tackle Mike Daniels today and if everything goes as planned, he’s expected to wear the orange and black. By pursuing the top defensive tackle left on the open market, the front office is proving that they intend to keep their aggressive style of operating in the years to come.

Dave Lapham breaks down the Bengals right tackle battle between Bobby Hart and Fred Johnson
"Physically, I think they feel good about Fred," Lapham said. "Bobby's had problems with penalties. Now Fred has to show his poise, composure, those kinda things. And if he handles that a little bit better than Bobby has handled it historically, then that can give him a little bit of an edge."

Jonah Williams’ offseason transformation caught Bengals off guard
Lost in the Joe Burrow hype is the fact the Cincinnati Bengals technically get the debut of two first-round picks in 2020 thanks to the arrival of Jonah Williams. Williams, after missing all of his rookie season last year, is a guy the Bengals will count on to protect Burrow from that left tackle spot.

3 breakout candidates for the Cincinnati Bengals' 2020 offense
After the most exciting offseason for the Bengals in recent history, the offense stands to make a huge leap in 2020. Longtime Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green was retained with the front office’s use of the franchise tag and his return from injury should help the offense immensely. In the draft, Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins were brought in to inject new life into the offense. Additionally, former first round pick Jonah Williams will be making his debut this season, after a rookie year cut short due to an injury.

Around the league

Rams DT A'Shawn Robinson to return 'at some point this season'
Defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson, who was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Saturday, has been sidelined by a recently identified medical condition and his return to football-related activities is unknown, Los Angeles coach Sean McVay told reporters Sunday. McVay didn't disclose what exactly is ailing Robinson but intimated he could miss games.

Calais Campbell wants to earn respect of new Ravens teammates
After being traded to the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, Campbell enters a new locker room of a team well within reach of a Super Bowl. Yet, Campbell is still eager to earn the respect of his new teammates, regardless of the past accolades or stellar reputation that precedes the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner.

Cam Jordan's right about Bucs, NFC South race; five breakout DBs
"I do know we have to step up our game, we have to elevate. I mean, they've got the second-greatest quarterback in all times, right behind Drew Brees, and now we've got a head-to-head two times a year. We've got our work cut out for us. And then, of course, they have additions. You know, you bring in (Rob) Gronkowski and LeSean McCoy, you already had two 1,000-yard receivers in (Chris) Godwin and Mike Evans. I mean, this is a team that's fighting for second place."

Roundup: Washington activates LB Reuben Foster from PUP list
Foster, 26, hasn't played a down in the NFL since Week 6 of the 2018 season after misdemeanor domestic battery charges led to a mid-season release by the San Francisco 49ers. Washington claimed Foster just days later amid an NFL investigation on the incident, which ultimately ended his season while on the Commissioner's Exempt list despite the charges eventually being dropped. Foster was given a fine by the NFL and received no suspension ahead of the 2019 season.