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Bengals News (9/1): Who makes it?

An early roster projection after the Bengals most recent scrimmage.

Bengals camp notebook: Joe Burrow and how the defense played during the team's scrimmage.
In the Bengals' final scrimmage of the pandemic preseason Sunday night at Paul Brown Stadium, it turned out to be a practice not to take the officials for granted. Get about 70 mega-competitive guys, 35 to a side maybe, and no official officials and, well, at times the thing turned into a pick-up game at the Y.

Cincinnati Bengals fans can purchase cardboard cutouts for the home opener, all net proceeds to benefit community partners
All net proceeds from the sales will benefit six of the Bengals' longstanding community partners: The Boys & Girls Club, Freestore Foodbank, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Salvation Army, TriHealth's Good Samaritan Foundation and United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Fans can choose where their donation goes. Those watching on TV will also see these partners' logos featured on the seat coverings in the first seven rows of Paul Brown Stadium.

Both offense and defense show progress during the Bengals intrasquad scrimmage
The storybook kid is saving it for the real thing, which would be just like him. But even though a first-down touchdown was dropped three plays earlier, Burrow was still flogging himself for not picking up defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo's blitz on the last snap that forced him to unload it to rookie running back Jacques Patrick five yards shy.

Reaction after Bengals name Joe Burrow Week 1 starter
One of the worst kept secrets in the NFL is officially out the bag. Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor named No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow his team's starting quarterback on Sunday following a scrimmage, continuing to rave over the rookie's ability and what he means to a franchise hoping to embark on a new era of success.

Cincinnati Bengals stock report after Sunday’s scrimmage
It was an up-and-down affair for Joe Burrow as he battled a strong defense and his targets struggled with drops. Here’s a brief stock review coming out of the event, with notably more winners than losers from the positive event.

He's what we expected – Burrow backed to shine as Bengals' starting QB
In truth, there was little doubt Burrow would take the role for the Bengals once they moved on from veteran Andy Dalton during the offseason, but Taylor has been encouraged by what he has seen from the first overall pick.

Alex Redmond passes physical, expected to practice this week
Redmond signed his one-year franchise tender with the team in April. He should be able to practice with the team in some capacity this week. He's appeared in 23 games (17 starts) for the Bengals over the past three seasons.

Bengals 53-player roster projection after dust from scrimmages settles
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Here is the projected 53-man Bengals roster following the second of the team's two intrasquad scrimmage games on Sunday before it's finalized on Sept. 5 and reasoning why (click here for the pre-camp roster projection from July 28):

Around the league

NFL taking over investigation of Washington Football Team
The league informed Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder it is taking over the investigation into alleged workplace issues reported by The Washington Post, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Monday. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with Snyder on Monday and the owner was supportive of the step, Rapoport added.

Chargers safety Derwin James needs surgery; out for year
It is significant indeed, with the all-star defensive back dealt another heartbreaking blow as James will need meniscus surgery and will miss the 2020 season, as he'll be out six to eight months, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday afternoon.

Jaguars waive RB Leonard Fournette after three seasons
"Really just trying to take the team and put the best team together from what we've seen in our practices so, at the end of the day, I just felt that was the best decision for us as a team," coach Doug Marrone told reporters on why the decision was made so close to the season opener. "I think it gives us the best opportunity with the skillsets that we have with the other players in there, I just thought that was the best for the team and doing it now. We exhausted all trade opportunities; we weren't able to get anything there so I just felt that now we can work on the team and the plan and get ourselves ready for the season."

Reid, Veach finalizing 6-year deals with Chiefs
It is the latest step toward building a dynasty for the Chiefs, who are coming off a Super Bowl triumph over the 49ers and have hardly rested upon their laurels. Thus far they have locked up quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the face of the franchise and perhaps the league, defensive lineman Chris Jones, the catalyst of an underrated defense, tight end Travis Kelce, one of the very best at his position, and now Reid and Veach.

Patriots QB Cam Newton excused from practice
"I can see why he had the kind of success he had at Auburn and Carolina," Belichick said. "Talking to people who were with him there, the things they said about him at Auburn and at Carolina from a decade ago or 2-3 years ago or even last year, it's all the same, and it showed up here: He's an extremely hard worker. Nobody works harder than Cam does. He's here early, he stays late and he works very hard. Some players like to work on things they're good at, like if you're strong on the bench press you just throw more weight on the bench. But Cam works on things he's not at good at and tries to improve on a daily basis and that's something I really respect about him."