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Bengals News (1/26): Cutting into more space

Some cuts the Bengals could make to give themselves more wiggle room in free agency.

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Bengals Sticking With Logan Logarithm At Senior Bowl
Since the Bengals had been coaching the South team during the week, they had been able to watch Wyoming's Wilson practice up close with the North. The Bengals had also visited with members of the North earlier in the week, so by the time Duffner set up an extra session with Wilson after the pre-game chapel service he already thought he could help answer their prayers at linebacker.

NFL mock draft: Bengals take Ja’Marr Chase over offensive line help
And while someone like Oregon’s Penei Sewell might make the most sense, it is hard to ignore the idea of getting another wide receiver to pair with Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd.

Five Potential Cuts That Could Impact the Cincinnati Bengals' Approach to Free Agency
Not only do the Bengals need to find a way to improve their team in free agency, but they also have to keep some of the 27 free agents that were on their roster last season.

Giovani Bernard should have been Bengals star running back
Giovani Bernard is in a very familiar place on the Cincinnati Bengals running back depth chart. Bernard is still going to play the role of backup. Every season Bernard has played he has been a great backup but should have meant more to the Bengals organization.

Bengals in perfect spot with Joe Burrow as NFL faces rare QB movement
Burrow merely heads into his sophomore year in 2021 and based on what the team saw last year, he’s going to be a long-term starter in the NFL. The Bengals now sit in a short, luxurious window where they can spend big around a rookie quarterback contract.

Could Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor hire brother Press Taylor as assistant
The Bengals have made their fair share of changes to Zac Taylor's coaching staff this offseason. Offensive line coach Frank Pollack rejoined the team after two years in New York. Marion Hobby was brought in to coach the defensive line. They're scheduled to interview former Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown for the same position this week.

Around the league

Three things to watch in Super Bowl LV; plus Packers, Bills takeaways
It took reaching the AFC Championship Game for the Kansas City Chiefs to finally bag that two-score win everyone was moaning about. The Bills managed to steal two extra possessions and score on a 3-yard touchdown "drive," and they still weren't particularly competitive. Kansas City's 38-24 victory over Buffalo on Sunday felt familiar because, for the second straight season, no AFC defense came close to stopping Patrick Mahomes. The Raiders are apparently the only team that can match the Chiefs in a shootout.

Josh Allen on Year 3: I proved Bills 'didn't make a mistake by drafting me'
Allen's play markedly improved in 2020, as he showed a willingness to take the checkdown in Brian Daboll's system and let his quick receivers do the work for him. His uptick in mental equity to understand what the defense planned was impressive in Year 3. After completing 52.8 percent and 58.8 percent of his passes in his first two seasons, Allen leaped to 69.2 percent in 2020, tossing for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns.

DK Metcalf on Seahawks' struggles: 'Teams just started to figure us out'
"Teams just started to figure us out," Metcalf said, via Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic. "We've been running deep pass, ever since (coach) Pete (Carroll) got there. Play-action. Run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, go deep. Teams just said, 'We're just not gonna let you all go deep.'"

CDC, NFL hope findings of what makes a close contact high risk will limit public spread of COVID-19
A paper published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that during the season, the NFL found that transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 occurred in less than 15 minutes of cumulative contact between individuals -- the timeframe the CDC initially used in its definition of close contact. That led the NFL to redefine what made a close contact high risk -- factors like masking and ventilation -- findings that the CDC and the NFL hope will be broadly applicable to the public to limit the spread of the virus, especially in schools, long-term care facilities and high-density essential workplaces, like manufacturing centers.

NFL Championship Sunday winners and losers: What was Matt LaFleur thinking?
Well, Super Bowl LV is set, and what a special game it is going to be: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes. We have two weeks to dig into every single aspect of that juicy matchup, but before we get ahead of ourselves, let's take a look back at the Championship Sunday that was.