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Bengals News (8/4): Together at last

The veteran and rookie players all finally get into the building together for the Bengals.

New England Patriots v Houston Texans Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Bengals veterans and rookies are finally together after a red-hot offseason.
Nothing is as easy it looks amid the panorama of a pandemic and for Duke Tobin, the club's director of player personnel, the tough stuff is just starting. If there was ever a season that could be decided by roster management, this is it.

Bengals placed DT Josh Tupou on the Reserve/Opt-Out list, and waived TE Moritz Bohringer and HB Devwah Whaley.
Tupou, a fourth-year player out of the University of Colorado, originally was a college free agent signee of the Bengals in 2017. He has played in 23 career games (seven starts), and recorded 36 tackles and a forced fumble.

Photo Gallery: Veteran Players Arrive to Training Camp
View photos of Bengals veteran players returning to Paul Brown Stadium to kick off 2020 training camp.

Falcons sign CB Darqueze Dennard months after Jaguars deal falls through
In March, Dennard had agreed to a three-year, $13.5 million contract ($6 million guaranteed) with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the two sides reached an impasse on the details, allowing Dennard to reenter free agency.

Bengals hope to extend Joe Mixon
Via Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin said the goal was to extend running back Joe Mixon.

Report: Joe Mixon wants Bengals extension to rank among top 8 RBs
“Sources told The Enquirer, Mixon hopes to receive an extension that places him amongst the top eight highest-paid running backs in the league, which puts him north of $8 million a year. Carolina PanthersChristian McCaffrey signed an extension this offseason making him the highest-paid running back in NFL history. He’ll average an annual salary of $16 million. New York GiantsSaquon Barkley currently has the eighth-richest contract among running backs. Barkley’s average salary is $7.7 million a year.”

Important NFL roster changes and rules for the 2020 season that you need to know
There are two categories — voluntary and higher risk opt outs. If a player voluntarily opts out, they will receive a $150,000 stipend, which is essentially a salary advance. Those players will still have healthcare and are eligible to opt out as long as they earned a pension credit for playing in 2019 or were drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Bengals sending Renell Wren to NFI is latest hit for defensive line
Wren, here or otherwise, is the most-cited player when talking about the prior losses to the defensive line before training camp even starts. He’s a fourth-round pick from last year with immense upside to rush the passer well besides the usual gap-clogging run responsibilities.

Bengals among betting favorites to sign Antonio Brown
The four-time All-Pro is eligible to sign with any team in free agency. He would be allowed to participate in training camp activities. His suspension would go into effect on Sept. 5 and he could return to action after a team's eighth game.

State order prohibits fans at Ohio State, Bengals, Browns games
A new order in Ohio signed Aug. 1 allowing contact sports, but without fans, reportedly applies to the state's NFL and college football teams. The state department of health's press secretary confirmed Monday morning to the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News sports reporter Marcus Hartman that the order includes the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

Cincinnati Bengals: Salary cap uncertainty could be obstacle in Mixon contract extension
Bengals Director of Personnel Duke Tobin made it clear Monday in an online news conference the organization wants to keep Mixon around long-term. However, uncertainty with the salary cap next year could create an obstacle in those negotiations.

Around the league

Training Camp Debrief: COVID-19 reshaping NFL before season starts
Instead of padded practices beginning over the weekend, two starting quarterbacks (Matthew Stafford and Gardner Minshew) were placed on a reserve list created last month for a virus that was broadly unknown to humanity last year. On the same date that the Packers held Family Night in a packed Lambeau Field a year ago, Eagles coach Doug Pederson began to self-isolate after contracting COVID-19.

NFL, NFLPA have resolved all issues for 2020 CBA changes
All remaining issues between the NFL and the NFL Players Association on the side letter to the collective bargaining agreement making changes for the 2020 season have been resolved and, following a review by the union, the deal is done, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday evening.

Jaguars activate QB Gardner Minshew off reserve/COVID-19 list
The team announced Tuesday that the starting quarterback has been activated from the list. Safety Andrew Wingard also came off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Corner D.J. Hayden was taken off the physically unable to perform list.

Pats' N'Keal Harry among receivers poised for Year 2 breakout in 2020
A.J. Brown surprised as a dominant force for the Tennessee Titans down the stretch last season. He couldn't be stopped late in the season -- I suppose you could say the same for the Titans offense as a whole -- putting up four 100-yard receiving games over the final six weeks of the regular season. Brown ended up leading all rookies with nine total touchdowns and 1,051 receiving yards, including eight catches of 40-plus yards.

Goff not expecting Rams offense to change much with an OC
"Yes and no. I mean we have our wrinkles just like we do every year," Goff said when asked if he expects the offense to change, per the team's transcript. "The core values remain the same. Sean (McVay) is still calling the plays. It's still all his offense. So, there will be some new things definitely, but the core of it will remain the same."