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Bengals News (9/13): The day has finally come

The Joe Burrow era finally begins.

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3 Things To Watch during the Cincinnati Bengals 2020 regular season opener
The opener is a culmination of a sizzling offseason for the Bengals. The franchise spent more than $140 million in free agency this offseason and added reigning Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow as second-year head coach Zac Taylor and the front office rebuilt the roster following a 2-14 season.

Bledsoe, Henderson Elevated to Active Roster
The Bengals today elevated DE Amani Bledsoe and S Trayvon Henderson from the practice squad to the active roster for tomorrow's game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The team's active roster now stands at 55 players.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Interviews with C.J. Uzomah, AP Reporter Joe Reedy and Dave Lapham
It's the "Final Countdown" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast previewing the 2020 regular season opener with tight end C.J. Uzomah, broadcasters Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham, and Associated Press reporter Joe Reedy.

Bengals' Joe Burrow set for debut against Joey Bosa and Chargers
What to watch for: All eyes will be on Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who will be starting in his NFL debut. He'll have to contend with Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, Burrow's former teammate at Ohio State, and a very stout Chargers defense.

Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams not expected to play Sunday against Bengals
Pouncey isn't what he once was, but he's still a leader in that locker room. The four-time Pro Bowler only appeared in five contests last season due to a neck injury. He played in all 16 games and earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2018.

Joe Burrow looks to avoid No. 1 pick debut history
However, likely of bigger historic note, Burrow is looking to become the first quarterback selected No. 1 overall to win his first career start since Houston's (and now the NFL Network's) David Carr in 2002. Since Carr's showing, top-pick QBs are 0-11-1 in their starting debuts, with Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray the latest to come up short, though he rallied his squad for a tie to begin last season.

Chargers' Joey Bosa gets a rush thinking about facing Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow
Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa believes their pass rush has an advantage facing rookie quarterback Joe Burrow in Bengals quarterback's NFL debut.

Bengals: 4 keys to a Bengals victory over the Chargers in Week 1
The Bengals, after all, have a new quarterback by the name of Joe Burrow under center. So do the visiting Los Angeles Chargers with Tyrod Taylor. Now add in the fact training camps weren’t open to fans and there weren’t any preseason games.

LA Chargers: Bolt Beat staff predictions vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Instead, it will be Burrow vs. Tyrod Taylor. To welcome back football, we are starting a new series here at Bolt Beat where the staff picks both who they think will win as well as the total of the game. We are going to be keeping track of both the pick record and the over/under record. The over/under for this game is 42, courtesy of The Action Network.

Former Ohio State players Burrow, Bell named Bengals’ 2020 captains
The Cincinnati Bengals are hoping they show a big improvement in the product everyone saw on the field last season. The team has a shiny, new toy to play with under center, Joe Burrow, and the hope is it’ll be enough to make the team much better than the 2-14 record it finished with last year.

Chargers' opener against the Bengals will be a collision of question marks
With a new quarterback, no preseason and the uncertainty associated with COVID-19, the Chargers hope to solve mysteries in their opener at Cincinnati.

Jordan Palmer excited about Burrow’s chances with Bengals
There are plenty of connections between Burrow and Palmer. Burrow did his predraft training in Southern California with Palmer and is wearing the number that Carson Palmer, Jordan’s older brother, had during his eight seasons in Cincinnati.

Around the league

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 1: Running backs
You have lineup questions. We have answers. At least we hope. Start 'Em & Sit 'Em has helped fantasy managers for years make those pressing lineup decisions. And you know what is a good decision? Starting Patrick Mahomes. But that's too obvious, so you won't see that here. Instead, here are some of the most-pressing questions. And, if you can't find a player you are looking for, please check out latest NFL Fantasy lineup rankings right here.

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) likely to play vs. Saints
The availability of Evans is a good sign for Brady, who looks to make a splash in his debut as the Bucs' quarterback. While Evans only represents one half of Tampa Bay's dynamic duo of wideouts, his presence alone may ensure some favorable matchups for teammate Chris Godwin. The same goes for the Bucs' tight end trio of Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, who will all be featured in coach Bruce Arians' 12 personnel sets this season.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara agrees to five-year, $75M extension
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the New Orleans Saints and Alvin Kamara reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension worth $75 million in new money, per a source informed of the pact. Kamara will get $77.13 million overall (including the money due this season), $34.3 million in guaranteed money and a $15 million signing bonus. The team later confirmed the extension.

Dalvin Cook, Vikings agree to five-year, $63M extension
The Pro Bowl running back and the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a five-year, $63 million extension, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. The deal will see Cook get $28 million guaranteed. Along with that, Cook received a $15.5 million signing bonus, which is the largest for a non-quarterback in Vikings history, Pelissero added. The team later confirmed the signing.

Lamar Jackson, Dak Prescott destined to join $40 million club; the truth about Russell Wilson
The recent contract extensions signed by Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson have established the market for new-school quarterbacks thriving in today's NFL. Fully equipped with athleticism, arm talent and winning resumes, these dynamic signal-callers have become the hot commodity in a league that long held up the statuesque pocket passer as its gold standard at the position.