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Bengals News (8/11): Staying aggressive

The Bengals’ front office has maintained its aggressive offseason lately, but is this what fans can expect for the future?

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Quick Hits: Joe Burrow and Jonah Williams will both make their season debuts on Sept. 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Unlike Burrow, the first player drafted this year, Williams, the first offensive lineman drafted last year, starts off the first five days of his career with two huge individual matchups. Williams begins his run as the Bengals left tackle against two of the most dangerous pass rushers in the game, the Chargers' Joey Bosa on Sunday and then Thursday night in Cleveland against the Browns' Myles Garrett.

First Look at Joe Burrow at Training Camp
A behind-the-scenes first look at Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow throwing at training camp. Who Dey!

Bengals CB Trae Waynes seeking second opinion on pectoral injury
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday morning that Waynes is seeking a second opinion on a pectoral injury, with the initial fear that he could miss about two months due to the injury, per a source informed of the situation.

Trae Waynes suffers pectoral injury, could be sidelined for two months
"What he brings to the table is toughness, he's a really solid tackler, he's got good long speed, he can make plays on the ball, he seems like he has a really high football IQ," Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said in April. "There's some carryover there between what they've done and what Lou (Anarumo) does here. It's not exactly the same, but there's a lot of carryover in the terminology. So we just felt like he was a really good fit for us."

NFL insider notes: Bengals should extend Joe Mixon ahead of likely colossal season, opt-out issues not over - CBSSports.com
Which tells you that Mike Brown still has some wiggle room in his budget. Of course, the specter of potentially playing a truncated season, with no fans, is suboptimal and tends to make owners hesitant to reach in their pockets any further than they already have. But the fact the Bengals have been willing to engage in contract talks with star running back Joe Mixon is a tangible sign of their wiggle room, and a tacit acknowledgment of his unique import to that franchise.

Former Packers DL Mike Daniels may soon sign with Bengals
Daniels, a draft pick of the Packers in 2012, played seven seasons in Green Bay. He was released before the start of training camp in 2019 and spent last season with the Detroit Lions.

The Cincinnati Bengals' aggressive front office is here to stay
In the past, the club would have looked for a bargain veteran that could adequately soak up some snaps. Even after a historic offseason of spending, many fans assumed the same approach would be taken this year. However, news broke indicating that Duke Tobin and Co. will instead host Pro Bowl defensive tackle, Mike Daniels, on a visit. According to Adam Schefter, if all goes to plan, the former Packer and Lion will suit up for a new mascot: A Bengal.

Around the league

Projecting NFL's 2020 stat leaders: Derrick Henry, Cam Jordan to excel
Well, actually, I am kind of a stickler for calling the output of my models projections rather than predictions. The distinction, to me, is that I've tried to eliminate as many biases as possible from my mathematical framework, whereas calling something a prediction makes it sound like speculative judgments were involved on some level. The names and numbers you see below are the players who rank first in each category based on their projected performance. There are also some extra informational nuggets on interesting results regarding players who, though they don't necessarily rank first, figure to produce an output that is interesting for fantasy or team (win total) purposes.

Austin Ekeler ready for star turn as Chargers' lead running back
"Now I am the starting running back but that doesn't mean my game is going to change," he said on Monday, via the Associated Press. "There is more of a spotlight on my name, but the offense is a similar dynamic."

Lamar Miller expected to sign one-year deal with Patriots
Flying under the radar after falling out of public consciousness due to the injury, Miller has resurfaced with an offense that's starting to fill up with reclamation projects. Quarterback Cam Newton signed with New England earlier this summer and will likely be the one handing it off to Miller, who was seen as a legitimate lead back before his knee injury.

Rivera: Releasing Guice was in Washington's 'best interest'
"I made a decision I believe was in the best interest of the organization, players and our fans going forward," Rivera said. "A very difficult decision. Any time you have to release a very talented young football player, it's always a tough decision. But this type of circumstance, this type of situation, we take those allegations very, very seriously. And we had to make a decision going forward. Sometimes it's one of these things where there are processes. ... Each circumstance is unique, each one will be handled and dealt with differently, to what we believe is best for the organization going forward."