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Bengals News (2/4): Honoring heroes

The Bengals are sending several health workers to the Super Bowl.

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Joe Burrow, Bengals Honor Health Care Heroes
After being unable to find his breath one night more than 20 years ago despite desperately twisting himself into a tripod, Patrick Clausen found his life's work. He went from shipping and receiving to respiratory therapist. The pandemic's year-long deep breath has taken him from healthcare worker to hero.

NFL mock draft: Bengals take possible ‘generational talent’ Kyle Pitts
While much of the debate around what the Cincinnati Bengals will do with the fifth pick in the 2021 NFL draft centers on which offensive lineman they will take, there is another option:

Draft shaping up for Bengals to nab a day-one OL starter in round two
The Cincinnati Bengals are in a prime position to significantly upgrade franchise cornerstone Joe Burrow’s protection this offseason. The club has already boosted the potential of the offensive line unit by making a well-received hire, deciding to reunite with Frank Pollack. Now, their attention will undoubtedly turn to utilizing their draft capital and cap space to infuse talent into the trenches.

Analyst believes Cincinnati Bengals will sign former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds
"The 2017 fourth-round pick was never the primary target in Los Angeles or close to it, but teams are always going to be interested in a 6-foot-3 guy who runs well," Barnwell wrote. "The Bengals don't typically spend much in free agency (with 2020 as a notable exception), but they have snaps opening up with A.J. Green and John Ross leaving, and Reynolds played under Zac Taylor in Los Angeles."

Bengals 2021 Mock Draft 1.0: Taking a consensus from 10 Mocks
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Much like last season when LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was a consensus No. 1 overall pick from the start of the Mock Draft process for almost everyone, the same is true this season with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. After that anything seems possible, especially with so many teams in need of a quarterback.

Redrafting the 2020 NFL Draft: Joe Burrow still goes #1?
As we prepare to welcome the future of the NFL in the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s only natural to go back and look at how the past dictates the future. If NFL teams could have their time on the clock again, would they have done something differently? Although one year isn’t enough time to fairly ascertain a player’s value, that’s what we’re going to do anyway in this 2020 NFL Draft redraft. Does Joe Burrow still go number one?

Bengals stand to benefit if 2021 salary cap is higher than expected
“Some team officials believe (and surely hope) the cap will ultimately land closer to $185 million per club — if not a little higher — than the $175 million minimum the sides agreed to last summer as they braced for empty and mostly empty stadiums.”

The Cincinnati Bengals' Super Bowl Odds Are Out For Next Season
Despite finding their franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow and adding talented players like Tee Higgins and Vonn Bell to the roster, oddsmakers aren't high on the Bengals' chances of making a Super Bowl run next season. Cincinnati is tied for last with 75/1 odds of winning Super Bowl LVI.

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Busting Super Bowl LV narratives: Truth about Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Rob Gronkowski and more
Veteran quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers have all seen dramatic declines in downfield passing propensity in the twilight years of their respective careers, relying more on processing skills and a quick-passing game to, as the great Hank Stram would say, matriculate the ball down the field. On the contrary, Brady has trended in the opposite direction during his first season in Bruce Arians' aerial passing attack and three years removed from his age-40 season. Brady led all qualified quarterbacks in air yards per attempt (9.6) and deep-pass rate (15 percent) during the regular season.

Super Bowl LV picks: Will Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs or Tom Brady's Buccaneers win in Tampa?
Will Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs bring the Lombardi Trophy home for the second straight year? Can Tom Brady deliver a second Super Bowl ring -- and his seventh -- to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Which players will shine Feb. 7 on the game's biggest stage at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa? Our analysts provide their Super Bowl LV predictions.

Tua Tagovailoa confident he's Dolphins' franchise QB, focusing on making 'jump' in Year 2
Tua got off to a solid start in his rookie campaign and displayed his high upside in a Week 9 win at Arizona in just his second start. In that contest, the rookie QB showed fearlessness putting the ball in tight windows, a willingness to escape the pocket when necessary and pinpoint accuracy.

2020 NFL season award picks: Analysts vote on MVP, Coach of the Year, more
Rodgers' regular season -- remember, that is what is being honored here -- was simply out of this world. He led the league in completion percentage (70.7 percent), passing touchdowns (48), interception percentage (a microscopic 0.95 with just five interceptions in 526 pass attempts) and quarterback rating (121.5). His rating was the second-best EVER, behind only himself in 2011 (122.5). Even the mesmerizing Mahomes, who will win many more MVPs in his career, took a back seat to Rodgers this time.