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Bengals News (9/30): Accountability

The Bengals need to stop waiting for their teammates to step up and start making the plays themselves to win games.

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Taylor-Made Takes: 'You’re the guy that has to make the play'
ZT: We have to. I think there are some positive things in all three areas. There was a moment there the offense scored on five straight possessions. There was a moment at the end of the game the defense got some critical stops in overtime and special teams came up big in overtime. You have to find ways to build on all that.

Bengals Sign Shaw Calhoun To Practice Squad
Calhoun (6-3, 310), a second-year player out of Mississippi State University, originally was a college free agent signee of the Miami Dolphins in 2019. He played in 10 games (seven starts) for the Dolphins as a rookie, and then joined the Bengals on waivers on Sept. 6 of this season. He did not play in Games 1-3, was waived yesterday, and cleared waivers today.

Game Preview: Cincinnati Bengals host the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 4, 2020
"We didn't win," said Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow after the game. "That's all it is to me. If you don't win, you lose. It'll never be about momentum or positive experiences to me. I'm about winning. I expect to win. I know we all expect to win. There are no moral victories around here."

Bengals Announce Fan Protocols At Paul Brown Stadium
A number of new protocols are in place to help fans feel confident, safe and comfortable when coming to Paul Brown Stadium, including enhanced cleaning protocols, mandatory face coverings and assigned pod seating. For more information, download the latest version of the Official Bengals App, visit or call the Bengals Ticket Hotline at (513) 621-8383.

Bengals Notebook: Lawson Expands Role; On Guard Again; Culture Chores
Lawson believes a key to his game is playing all three downs of a series and just not on passing downs. That means, of course, playing the run and he thinks he's showing that in a season he has played 55 percent of the snaps after usually playing about 42-43 percent.

Bengals tryout three players, including two offensive tackles
The youngster had a similar experience in 2019, as he was waived at the end of training camp, before spending most of the season on Washington's practice squad. They promoted him to the active roster on Dec. 14, 2019. He appeared in three games, all on special teams, last season. He was waived by Washington on Sept. 5. The Falcons claimed Parris, before waiving him on Sept. 15.

Bengals host three players on tryouts, including two OTs
John Leglue as a rookie last year landed on the New Orleans practice squad before getting poached by Green Bay. He spent his college days playing at Tulane. He started more than 30 games in college and was in a competition to be the main backup swing tackle in Green Bay this season.

Bengals announce protected players for Week 4, add to practice squad
Morgan is again the headline name on the protected list due to his ability on special teams. Redmond is the biggest name this week though after re-joining the squad. He’s potentially a fix the coaching staff might try at right guard in the near future.

Cincinnati Bengals roster: WR John Ross' future uncertain
Ross played in 84% of the team's snaps in Week 1. His snap count diminished in Week 2 as he played in just 30% of the club’s offensive snaps. In Week 3, he was relegated to a spectator. The Bengals wide receiver was inactive in Philadelphia. He was a healthy scratch.

3 Tuesday Bengals Takeaways: Higgins learns lesson; 2-minute issues for D; fixes at guard
The Skinny: By most accounts rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins had a big game in just his third NFL outing ever, catching five passes, two of which were touchdowns. However, he also learned two valuable lessons, one on a play he didn't make that proved costly for the Bengals.

Around the league

Titans, Vikings suspend in-person activities after multiple Titans players, personnel test positive for COVID-19
Tennessee reported three new positive tests for players and five new positive tests for personnel, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo reported, per sources informed of the situation. The Vikings haven't had a reported positive test, but hosted the Titans Sunday, leading to their suspension of in-person activities as a precautionary measure.

Pittsburgh Steelers-Tennessee Titans Week 4 game set to be played as scheduled
The league is evaluating the situation and will adjust if needed as more information is gathered, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Titans coaches have told players if they have to go without any in-person work until Saturday, they'll have a walkthrough then and host the Steelers at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday as scheduled, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes lead Players of the Week
Wilson, who was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 1, has led the Seahawks to a 3-0 start, the team's latest triumph coming Sunday by way of a 38-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Wilson dropped five touchdowns on the Cowboys, which accompanied 315 yards passing, 27 completions in 40 attempts (67.5%), no interceptions and a 130.7 QB rating.

Frank Reich: Colts defense will 'have our hands full' facing 'stud' Nick Foles
"Nick is about as unflappable of a person as I've ever been around," the Colts coach said this week, via NBC Chicago. "He's a very unique player in that regard. Extremely talented. He's a big-time passer; this guy, he just has this knack for making big plays like few I've ever seen, and then he has this knack for coming up big in big moments. In the biggest moments, that's usually when he's at his best. So, the utmost respect for him as a player, and then personally, you get close with these guys, and obviously really close with Nick personally as well. He's a stud, man, this guy's a stud player. We'll have our hands full this week."

NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Chiefs take back throne
Then came last week, when I examined the Ravens' dominant start coupled with a ho-hum Chiefs performance against the Chargers in Week 2 and opted to reverse course. Kansas City and Baltimore would switch places, with the Ravens claiming the top spot. What a gutsy move by yours truly!