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Bengals News (8/9): Not holding back

The Bengals are hitting Joe Burrow with all of the playbook early.

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Bengals excited about the linebacker position heading into the 2020 NFL season
After a series of free-agent pickups and draft picks, the Bengals head into 2020 with a linebacker room they hope is better equipped to deal with what is trending with NFL offenses. Improvement will not only depend on the development of promising young players like Germaine Pratt, Logan Wilson and Akeem Davis-Gaither, but also the integration of a savvy veteran Josh Bynes.

Bengals Booth Podcast: An interview with defensive tackle D.J. Reader
It's the "Mr Big Stuff" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as Dan Hoard goes one-on-one with defensive tackle D.J. Reader. Plus, offensive coordinator Brian Callahan on quarterback Joe Burrow's first few days in the NFL, and the usual solid gold from Dave Lapham.

Cincinnati Bengals' A.J. Green might not have anything to prove, but he trained like it
Curtis Winters, a 61-year-old former bodybuilder whom his 32-year-old client refers to as "Mr. Curtis," said he has worked with Green off and on since he entered the league in 2011. For years, Green has traveled to a strip mall in an Atlanta suburb to train at Winters' nondescript, "‘80's-style gym" located between a laundromat and a dollar store.

Bengals aren’t holding back any of the playbook from Joe Burrow
Fast forward to training camp, Burrow’s been moving along at such a good pace that the coaches haven’t seen any reason not to throw the entire playbook at him.

Bengals roster additions 2020: Upgrades, downgrades for offensive unit
Burrow’s offense isn’t nearly as revamped as the overhauled defense. But it’ll still be interesting to see how things evolved after Zac Taylor and Co. changed the offense as last season progressed.

Bengals' last two first-round picks have made an impression on OC Callahan
While neither of the Bengals' last two first-round picks - quarterback Joe Burrow and offensive tackle Jonah Williams - have played a single down of NFL football in their careers, they have made a quick impression on offensive coordinator Brian Callahan in very different ways early in training camp.

The Bengals are hoping for a consistent and healthy William Jackson III this season
"He’s coming off that shoulder [injury], so I want him to stay healthy. And I want him to be consistent," defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo said. "That’s all any of us want, especially in the back end. If you’re a consistent player, you’ll play in this league [for] a long time. He’s got great God-given ability. He has to do it on every snap."

Around the league

Seahawks CB Dunbar being removed from Exempt List
Dunbar's removal comes a day after the Broward State (Florida) Attorney's Office announced it was declining to file criminal charges against Dunbar for his involvement in a May 13 incident in Miramar, Florida due to insufficient evidence.

Vikings LB Cameron Smith needs heart surgery, will miss season
"I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that I was born with," Smith posted. "Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn't have lasted much longer. I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I could really feel him on this one!"

Rams' Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp among ‘best’ WR tandems
During a 2019 campaign in which the L.A. Rams were unable to shake off a Super Bowl loss and return to the postseason, though, the notoriety and, perhaps, appreciation did not really shine on receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.

Washington releases RB Derrius Guice following domestic violence arrest
The Loudoun County (Virginia) Sheriff's Office confirmed to NFL.com that Guice faces charges of one count of strangulation, which is a felony, three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property. The alleged incidents occurred earlier this year on Feb. 14, March 3 and April 17 at Guice's residence in Ashburn, Virginia. Authorities were made aware of the allegations on July 22. Guice turned himself in on Friday, authorities confirmed.