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Bengals News (8/13): Big depth

Mike Daniels gives the Bengals some crazy depth in the middle of the defensive line.

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Mike Daniels to add Pro Bowl depth to the Bengals defensive line.
That's what they've got now after Mike Daniels floated from the sky and fluttered into the fold Wednesday morning like Christmas to spell Geno Atkins and D.J. Reader in a back-up but key role. He's a gift for a defense that in the last three seasons has given up the most rushing yards in the NFL and puts on pads for the first time Tuesday.

Quick Hits: Reader's Role Model Becomes Watt A Friend; Look For Earlier Tee Time
Except back then, he wasn't so much taken under the wing but enveloped by his defensive tackle mate, J.J. Watt, already a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year whom lockered next to him all four years down there.

Photo Gallery | Mike Daniels Through The Years
A look at the newest member of the Cincinnati Bengals, defensive tackle Mike Daniels. Daniels spent the 2019 season with the Detroit Lions. Prior to joining Detroit, Daniels spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Green Bay Packers.

Bengals place receiver John Ross on reserve/COVID-19 list
Ross, one of the team's projected starters, reportedly left camp after his 3-year-old son and his son's mother tested positive for the virus, according to the NFL Network. Ross could not be reached Wednesday, and his agent, Brad Cicala, did not return a request for comment.

Tee Higgins has number called early in Bengals camp with John Ross out
The first pick of this year’s second round figured to see limited use in training camp behind A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and John Ross as everyone establishes a connection with new quarterback Joe Burrow.

Adam 'Pacman' Jones burns Joe Haden jerseys that were sent to his house
"You think I would really go out of my way to send you signed Haden jerseys?" Haden asked. "I know you Pacman. We've ran into each other a lot of times. I've got respect for you. That's just wild. I would never do nothing like that. I just did an autograph signing. I don't know how it went to your crib, but that's not something I would ever do bro."

NFL's top nine offenses in 2020? Watch out for Cowboys, Chiefs, Ravens and ... Bengals?
I can't wait for Ben Roethlisberger's return to action in Pittsburgh. I'm endlessly curious about how Joe Brady will transform the Panthers' offense. And I'm dying to see what the beautiful football mind of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has in store for all of us this season.

Three bold Bengals predictions for 2020: Joe Burrow leads AFC North in one key stat, sets rookie TD record
When the Cincinnati Bengals finally take the field for their season opener next month, you're probably going to need a roster in front of you to identify every player, and that's because this team underwent a lot of change this offseason, which is actually a good thing, because last year, this team finished with the worst record in football.

John Ross leaves Bengals camp after son tests positive for COVID-19
The former first-round pick was set to enter a pivotal fourth season of his career. Ross compiled 28 receptions for 506 yards and three TDs in eight games in 2019. The speedy wideout was expected to start on the outside of the Bengals' three-WR sets this season with A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd in the slot.

8 Cincinnati Bengals free-agent CB targets after Trae Waynes’ injury
Cincinnati has some intriguing depth at the position. Besides William Jackson, Mackensie Alexander and Darius Phillips, the coaches could choose to lean on new arrivals like Tony Brown and LeShaun Sims.

Around the league

Jerry Jones expects Cowboys to display 'grace' regarding national anthem
"I have nothing to prove as far as where I'm standing with the flag and where the Cowboys stand," Jones said. "I have nothing to prove regarding my players and my support of our players. What I do want to show and want us all to be a part of is a word called 'grace'. Grace. Not only grace in our actions, but grace in our understanding, where they're coming from. I want our players to understand the perception and where they're coming from regarding the flag and the sensitivity there and the many memories there. And I want our fans to understand, and better do, because of what's gone on over the last few months. I want them to understand where our players are coming from there, and they do not feel like that the ones that want to basically do that, kneel, they do not feel like they're dishonoring the flag. I'm going to have grace. I've had grace.

Unbreakable NFL records: Emmitt Smith's mark out of reach?
During a video conference call with reporters last week, Arizona Cardinals edge rusher Chandler Jones acknowledged his desire to break the single-season sacks record of 22.5 held by Hall of Famer Michael Strahan. No surprise there. Jones has been the league's most prolific pass rusher since entering the league in 2012 -- racking up 96 sacks over his eight NFL seasons -- and he just set a career-high with 19 QB takedowns in 2019.

Tyrell Williams: Raiders WRs 'didn't have an identity'
"I think it was more of a group, we didn't have an identity with everything that was going on," Williams said Wednesday, via the team website. "We had a lot of people coming and going, and now we have a good core group."

Top 10 offensive-defensive duos in the NFL in 2020
Which teams boast the best offensive-defensive duos in the NFL today? I combed through every team's No. 1 offensive and defensive players, then arranged the below list of the 10 top offensive-defensive pairings in the league. Before we get to the list, here are the pairings that just missed the cut, in no particular order: