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Bengals News (8/7): Early commandeerings

There’s a new quarterback in the Bengals’ huddle, have you heard of him?

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Early Returns: Burrow Commandeers Huddle As A.J. Green Heats Up The Pastures
After all, they’ve done next to nothing. But ever since March we’ve been looking for just a feel-good patch of greener pastures and they seemed to beckon this week. Yes, Joe Burrow has command of the huddle.

Quick Hits: Bell Tackles The Challenges; Staying Safe At PBS
Bell, their new strong safety the Bengals plucked in free agency, is known at times to beat his alarm clock he usually sets for 4 a.m. He has brought this rather serious approach to Paul Brown Stadium via a collegiate national title at Ohio State and five post-season starts for the Saints by the time he was 25, which he turned in the last month of last season.

LeShaun Sims, Winston Rose tabbed as sleepers by Bengals coaches
The Cincinnati Bengals remade the secondary this offseason, swapping out Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpatrick with Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander.

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

Around the League

Antonio Brown's NFL employability: Still worth risk? For which team?
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.

Saints' Cam Jordan discusses NFL Votes initiative, upcoming election
On Thursday morning, the NFL announced the launch of NFL Votes, a league-wide, non-partisan initiative that will support and encourage the civic engagement and voting of NFL players, legends, club and league personnel, and NFL fans from now until November 3.

Texans WR Cooks has 'zero' concerns about concussion history
Brandin Cooks suffered multiple concussions in his career, including last year, which kept him out two games last season. After a trade to Houston, the wideout has no concerns about the head injuries derailing the rest of his career.

Packers to play first two games at Lambeau Field without fans
"Lambeau Field will not be the same without our fans' energetic support in the stands," said Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy. "Given the extraordinary circumstances this year and the additional protocols in place, though, we determined it was best to take incremental steps to start the regular season. These two games will allow us to focus our attention on safely conducting games inside the stadium with all necessary participants.

NFL's 30 best players over 30: Tom Brady, J.J. Watt not in top 10
But in the realm of pro sports, where players can fall into obsolescence well before they're eligible to run for president, the old deserve love, too. With the NFL getting younger in general, those who have accrued a solid chunk of pro-football mileage and continue to provide star-caliber production should be elevated. So we decided to flip the script by assembling the top 30 players in the NFL over 30.