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Bengals News (4/25): Odds of return

What the Bengals projected season record says about the chances of Zac Taylor keeping his job.

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With Giovani Bernard gone, should Bengals draft a running back?
Running backs can serve various functions, as the Bengals saw with Bernard and Mixon the past couple of seasons. ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky said a potential draft addition must have two qualities.

Cincinnati Bengals 7-round mock draft, final trade-down edition
We’ve just about made it, friends. The 2021 NFL draft is just a few days away and we can smell the air in Cleveland as things slowly start to get back to normal.

Duke Tobin bullish on Bengals offensive line future
The Bengals’ 2019 first-round pick, OL Jonah Williams missed his entire rookie season with a labrum. Williams played in 10 of the first 12 games of the 2021 season for Cincinnati before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Williams staying healthy is critical for the Bengals OL in 2021.

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd says he won’t change jersey number
Per the rules, a player would have to buy out the current inventory of jerseys just to change his number and put new ones on the shelf. So while skill position players can now wear single digits thanks to a new change, it’ll cost players a ton of money.

Bengals 2021 odds 6.5 wins enough for Zac Taylor remaining head coach
Last week, NFL pre-draft win totals were released. Cincinnati tied for the fourth-lowest win total at six and a half. Surely most Bengals fans will “pound the over.” Either way, history shows us that if the team gets to six or seven wins, that will be enough in the organization’s eyes to keep Zac Taylor for a fourth year.

Around the league

Chargers QB Justin Herbert calls rookie year 'a blur,' eager to 'master the offense' in Year 2
"It's been a blur. It's gone by so fast. It's been a lot of fun," he told NFL Network's Taylor Bisciotti. "Obviously, it was a tough year. Didn't win as many games as we would've liked. I think we got the talent, I think we got the guys, the staff members. So I'm really looking forward to it."

Rob Gronkowski sets Guinness World Record with 600-foot catch
Rob Gronkowski is no stranger to records. He holds the mark for most touchdowns by a tight end in a single season (17, 2011). His longtime battery mate, Tom Brady, has more Super Bowl titles (7) than any player in NFL history. No one in football has set sail on more Gronk Party Ships (1).

If Patriots are thinking QB early, here's a hot spot to target in trade
Intrigue starts at QB: Coach Bill Belichick might say "the hay is the barn" at this point when it comes to the 2021 NFL draft (April 29-May 1 in Cleveland, on ESPN and the ESPN App). The Patriots' heavy lifting is done and now it's more about strategy, which means going through various scenarios to be prepared for their No. 15 pick.

NFL draft 2021 risers - Seven prospects who climbed the board over the past year, including Zach Wilson
Despite what you've seen and heard on social media and the exclamatory talk that has been tossed around outside the walls of team complexes in the weeks leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, a "riser'' is not just a prospect who blew up at his pro day and posted ridiculous numbers. Not in reality, at least. No, the real draft risers are the players who move their way up draft boards over the 12-plus months leading up to the draft. This year, that included the COVID-19-impacted 2020 season but also the Senior Bowl and pre-draft processes.