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Bengals News (8/21): Proving grounds

Plenty of Bengals have statements to make in the team’s first scrimmage on Friday.

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Joe Burrow, Josh Bynes are two additions leading the way for the Bengals
It was a very good day for the Bengals' new quarterbacks as they primed their respective units for Friday morning’s scrimmage that basically amounts to a pandemic pre-season opener.

Gio Bernard could take valuable snaps from Joe Mixon and dominate Bengals passing game role in 2020 -
Bengals beat writer Tyler Dragon says Bernard has a big role in the team's running back plans.

Time to step up: Which Bengals have the most to gain in Friday’s scrimmage? – The Athletic
Without preseason games, the first intrasquad game will be crucial for a number of players to make the 53-man roster.

Dehner Jr.: Unpacking a critical Thursday sequence in Joe Burrow’s development – The Athletic
The rookie quarterback bounced back from a mistake and got feedback from the man who picked him off, new linebacker Josh Bynes.

Bengals notes: Joe Burrow performs well and wide receiver updates
Joe Burrow performed well during Thursday's practice in full pads, but he did have a pass picked off by a savvy linebacker.

Around the League

Washington HC Ron Rivera diagnosed with squamous cell cancer
Washington head coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with squamous cell cancer, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. The head coach revealed the news to his team on Thursday evening.

Dez Bryant will leave Ravens workout without contract
Former Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant will leave the Ravens facility without a deal, Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported.

Thom Brennaman pulled from Fox's NFL games for using anti-gay slur on air during Reds contest
Thom Brennaman has been removed from Fox's NFL broadcasting team this season after he used an anti-gay slur on air Wednesday night during a Reds broadcast.

Chiefs ban Native American headdresses, face paint, reviewing Arrowhead Chop
The Kansas City Chiefs announced Thursday that fans will no longer be allowed to wear Native American-themed headdresses or face paint and that the franchise will review whether the Arrowhead Chop will continue.

NFL notes: Cam Newton looking like his old self at Patriots training camp - Sports Illustrated
The former MVP is showing signs of his old self in Foxboro. Plus, the short- and possible long-term effects of the new holdout rules, why most draft prospects should wait to make a decision, and the five biggest training camp questions from across the league.