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Some of the newest Bengal additions are already turning heads at practice.

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Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo expecting big plays from the team's offseason additions
He feasted his eye on a brand new clean-up hitter in D.J. Reader, a nose tackle sniffing the Pro Bowl. And there was one of those shortstop-captains the Yanks always love in middle linebacker Josh Bynes, not to mention an explosive centerfielder in Vonn Bell and experienced corner outfielders in Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander.

Photo Gallery: Bengals Workout August 4
View photos of Bengals players who participated in workouts at the practice fields.

Bengals news: Here's what Joe Mixon is looking to make in next contract
It is almost that time for the Cincinnati Bengals and fourth-year running back Joe Mixon as the two sides will need to come to terms on a contract extension sooner rather than later if the former Oklahoma Sooners standout is going to remain with the AFC North franchise moving forward.

2020 Fantasy Running Back Breakouts: Miles Sanders, Kenyan Drake, Joe Mixon ready for the next step - CBSSports.com
Like Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who finds himself likely alone at the top of the Chiefs depth chart after Damien Williams opted out of the season. Or Miles Sanders, who emerged as the Eagles go-to back in the second half of his rookie season and who seems primed for a full season in that role after an offseason that saw the Eagles largely stand pat in the wake of Jordan Howard's departure. If either of those guys gets the workload we're hoping for, their first-round prices may not seem high enough by season's end.

Bengals see ‘workhorse’ potential in new leader Vonn Bell
While D.J. Reader might soak up most of the headlines as the biggest free-agent add for the Cincinnati Bengals, safety Vonn Bell might be able to make his case on the field.

Joe Burrow could lead surprising Bengals offense to success in 2020
On the other hand, fantasy managers will be expecting a good deal from this year’s Bengals squad. Joe Mixon is a consensus top-10 running back off the board in all formats. A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd are destined to leave drafts between Rounds 5 to 7. Even Tee Higgins and John Ross carry some late-round appeal, particularly in best ball outfits. In short, the Cincinnati roster doesn’t lack for skill position talent.

Bengals cut former Vikings draft pick Moritz Boehringer
Boehringer was a unique prospect in that he didn’t play any college football before declaring for the NFL Draft. His only football experience came from being in a low-level pro football league in his home country of Germany.

Watch: Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo talks about offseason additions, rookies and more
He discussed Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins, the additions in free agency, the young linebacker unit and so much more. Watch the entire press conference at the top of this page.

Cincinnati Bengals: Five bold predictions for the 2020 season
The team said goodbye to a few of their prominent players from the Marvin Lewis era, including Andy Dalton, Tyler Eifert, Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard. They signed eight free agents, including six projected starters and added another seven players — including quarterback Joe Burrow — in the draft.

Joe Mixon reportedly sets reasonable contract price in extension talks with Bengals, team eyeing deal in camp
Joe Mixon is apparently willing to play ball. No, not simply on the field for the Cincinnati Bengals, but also at the negotiating table heading into the 2020 season. The former second-round pick is entering the final season of a four-year, $5.45 million rookie deal and is set to make just $1.2 million in base salary, that is unless he and the team can agree to terms on an extension -- something they've long begun working toward. The good news for the Bengals is Mixon is reportedly not looking to reset the running back market or land anywhere near it, per Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer, but is instead open to signing a new contract that could easily be viewed as an absolute steal when also factoring in his production and value to the organization.

Bengals camp: D.J. Reader standing out to his new Bengals teammates
Reader, one of free agency’s biggest signings — and up-and-coming defensive linemen in the NFL — already has someone like Sam Hubbard singing his praise, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com:

Around the league

Albert Wilson becomes second Dolphins WR to opt out of season
"Not an easy decision to make..." Wilson wrote on Twitter. "I've decided to opt out of this 2020 season. It was very tough choice but since the day I started playing the game it's always been Faith Family Football. Because of this crazy time I choose to put my family in the best situation I see fit. I will stand by my teammates & brothers to support them 100% throughout this season and will be counting the days until I can join them again. 1 love."

Pro Football Hall of Fame: My Class of 2021 modern-era predictions
The Pro Football Hall of Fame's enshrinement weekend is one of my favorite times of the entire year. And obviously, given current circumstances amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the enshrinement of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2020 has been postponed for a year. But that won't stop me from looking ahead to the Class of 2021. Here is my prediction of who gets in next year. Again, this is a prediction.

Tomlinson revisits HOF message: We need to be united
Tomlinson revisited his HOF speech three years to the day that he delivered it, looking to push the same message forward now as he did then, encouraging unity within the nation and taking the initiative to get to know those around you, no matter their race, religion or cultural background.

Antonio Brown's NFL employability: Still worth risk? For which team?
The longest running soap opera in the NFL just offered its latest twist this past week. The league announced that free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown will be serving an eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the league's personal-conduct policy. That punishment will start in Week 1, whether Brown is on a roster at that time or not, and he's also subject to another penalty if the league finds evidence to support the sexual assault allegations made against him by a former personal trainer. So after endless months of relentless drama, there is once again the possibility that Brown could be playing football this year.