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Bengals News (10/14): Defensive developments

Eli Apple is back in as a starter, but the defense should keep producing at a high level,

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Bengals schedule gets much harder after soft start to 2021
Things only get harder from here for the Bengals.

Film Room: How the Cincinnati Bengals' Defense Has Gotten Off to Such a Hot Start - Sports Illustrated Cincinnati Bengals News, Analysis and More
Currently, the Bengals' defense is 7th in points per game, 11th in yards allowed, 7th in sacks per game, and they've forced a turnover in four of their five games. All of those basic statistics point towards a very well-run defensive unit.

Bengals chart as high as top 10 in latest power rankings
The Bengals are still getting some power ranking love despite the loss to the Packers in Week 5.

Bengals CB Eli Apple looks to put struggles behind him as he's set to start again – The Athletic
The first-round pick was brought in to be a rotational player in the secondary but injuries have thrust him into the lineup again.

Bengals secondary bounces back with the return of Jessie Bates III
There's been a lot of talk this week about this Sunday’s foe in winless Detroit (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 19) being frustrated and angry. Well, there’s a lot of that going around the Bengals locker room, too, in the wake of that last oh-so close play against the Packers.

Around the League

Raiders GM Mike Mayock addresses Jon Gruden's resignation as head coach
Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock became the first member of the organization to address the media following head coach Jon Gruden's resignation.

Colin Kaepernick details intensive training regime as he refuses to give up on NFL return - CNN
While the legacy of his kneeling protest against police brutality and racial injustice continues to underscore sporting events around the world, Colin Kaepernick has not been involved in an NFL game in over five years -- and he hasn't given up on playing again.

Sean Taylor to become third player in Washington Football Team franchise history to have jersey number retired
The Washington Football Team will retire late safety Sean Taylor's No. 21 jersey Sunday, making him only the third player in franchise history to receive such an honor.

Lamar Jackson: 'It was dope' to get a roughing the passer call after nearly two years
After a week spent talking about how he doesn't get them, Lamar Jackson received his first roughing the passer call of the season Monday night In Baltimore's win over Indianapolis. He appreciated the protection.

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa returns to practice
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa practiced Wednesday for the first time since fracturing his ribs in Week 2 as he works his way toward playing Sunday against the Jaguars.