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Bengals News (4/4): Smokescreen season

Are the Bengals putting out Ja’Marr Chase smokescreen or are they actually interested in drafting the former LSU wide receiver?

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Ja’Marr Chase’s track record vs. top players is good thing for Bengals
That leaves the opinion of Bengals fans somewhat deadlocked between the two. Should the Bengals take the high-upside tackle prospect who bullied college football at the age of 18 or the top wideout in the class with a rare all-around skill set?

Bengals and Ja’Marr Chase smokescreens hitting overdrive before NFL draft
This is especially true with Chase. He has, for example, noted that he’s talked with the Bengals multiple times. And a recent report hinted that Burrow himself has nudged the Bengals toward drafting his former teammate.

Biggest need the Bengals still must address after two weeks of free agency
Despite the addition of tackle Riley Reiff and the solid play of left tackle Jonah Williams, the offensive line is the team’s biggest need. The Bengals cannot let their designated franchise savior quarterback Joe Burrow suffer a season-ending injury again and addressing the pass protection goes a long way in doing so. Burrow played behind one of the worst lines in the league and faced a barrage of sacks and pressures.

Cincinnati Bengals debate: Team Chase Vs Team Sewell and Your Questions Answered in the Weekend Mailbag
James Rapien and Jake Liscow discuss Teven Jenkins' impressive pro day, plus they break down 'Team Chase' vs 'Team Sewell' and answer your questions in the weekend mailbag!

Around the league

Tom Brady rookie card sells for $2.25 million, setting new all-time football record
The sale shattered the previous record of $1.32 million for a football card, which happened to be the same Brady rookie card sold last month. The nearly million-dollar difference was in the grading of the card. Friday's sale had a card grade of 8.5 out of 10 and an autograph grade of 9 out of 10. Last month's Brady rookie had a card grade of 8 and an perfect autograph grade of 10. The grading was done by Beckett.

Houston Texans re-signing T Roderick Johnson
Johnson, 25, is the team's backup tackle on both sides of the offensive line. The three-year veteran started three games for the Texans and appeared in all 16 last season, filling in for left tackle Laremy Tunsil and right tackle Tytus Howard when they were unavailable to play. Johnson has spent the past three seasons with Houston after a season-ending injury marred his rookie year with the Cleveland Browns, which ended with the team cutting the fifth-round selection of the 2017 NFL Draft.

2021 NFL Draft: Who's the best defensive player in this year's class?
It's finally draft month! And there's been a lot of chatter about the quarterbacks and other offensive playmakers in the 2021 NFL Draft class. But what about the defensive guys? They've been balling out during their respective pro days, so it's time we give them some love this draft season. Today, we ask our analysts one simple question.