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Is Zac Taylor facing more pressure in 2020 than Joe Burrow?

NFL Combine - Day 2

Bengals Sign Two Free Agents
Vizcaino (6-2, 205), a first-year player, was a free agent signee of the Bengals last offseason, and was with Cincinnati through preseason. He played in all four preseason games for the Bengals last season, and converted all three of his PATs and four of his seven FG attempts. He was waived by the Bengals after the final preseason game, and then briefly spent time with Dallas earlier this offseason before being waived in April.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is ready to take control of the franchise after signing his rookie contract
"If it's one thing I try to stress to these guys," Pitcher said this week, "the rest of the building is going to follow your lead whether you like it or not and how you approach your job day to day and the type of urgency and effort and energy. It's OK to have fun, but to me you have to go out there with the enthusiasm and energy for your job and I think he really will and that's something I'm really looking forward to see."

Former Bengals DB Rickey Dixon dies at 53
“Ever since he left OU, Rickey has been regarded as one of the finest football players in school history,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a release. “His enshrinement last year into the College Football Hall of Fame is certainly validation of that. As much as any of his accomplishments on the field, however, he should be remembered for his extreme courage and spirit of perseverance.”

The Bengals are interested in reuniting with Domata Peko
Peko, 35, spent the first 11 seasons (2006-16) of his career in Cincinnati. He recently tweeted about being willing and ready to return to the NFL for a 15th season. The Bengals are in the market for a defensive tackle after Josh Tupou decided to opt out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19.

Does Zac Taylor face more pressure than Joe Burrow for 2020 Bengals?
After the front office helped Zac Taylor massively overhaul the roster, he’s facing a ton of pressure to fuel the turnaround. And after the team used the first pick on Joe Burrow, the former LSU star has expectations to meet.

Which Bengals coaches face the most pressure entering the 2020 season?
Coaching matters in all sports, but NFL coaches are arguably the most important to the success of their team. Head coaches and their staff set the tone in the locker room, guide the direction of the team, and install plays that [hopefully] get results on the field.

The Bengals should sign Jeff Heuerman to shore up the TE position
On Friday, the Broncos released former third-round pick, Jeff Heuerman. After signing Nick Vannett off the open market and receiving promising returns from their 2019 first-round tight end Noah Fant, Denver had a plethora of talent and not enough snaps to go around, allowing them to move on from the 6’5 target. The Cincinnati Bengals, who have a far weaker tight end room, should take advantage of this circumstance.

Around the league

Lions QB Matthew Stafford placed on COVID-19/reserve list
Placement on the list means Stafford has had close contact with someone who has contracted the novel coronavirus or he has tested positive for COVID-19, which teams do not divulge. The second NFL quarterback placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after the Falcons' Danny Etling, Stafford is the initial starting quarterback to be placed.

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley opting out of 2020 season
Entering his second season with the franchise, New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has decided to opt out of the 2020 campaign, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported.

Saints QB Drew Brees goes cold turkey on finger licking
The NFL's all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, Brees has been consistently spectacular throughout his career and one of those constants has been a pre-snap lick of the digits. With the coronavirus to worry about, Brees is going cold turkey on the finger-licking goodness that has long been a staple of his career.

Texans' J.J. Watt: Body hasn't felt this good since 2014, 2015
"I would say that the quarantine situation has given me literally nothing to do but work out every day," Watt said. "I mean, there's nothing else you can do. You can't go out. You can't go to the movies. You can't go out to eat. So the workout program for me this offseason has been awesome because I've had a full offseason to do my workouts exactly how I need to do them.