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Bengals News (4/7): On the mend

Trey Hopkins gives an update on his recovery from his ACL injury at the end of last season.

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Cincinnati Bengals release running back Giovani Bernard
A ninth-year player out of the University of North Carolina, Bernard originally was a second-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2013. He played in 115 games (30 starts) over his eight seasons in Cincinnati, and rushed for 3697 yards and 22 TDs on 921 carries. He also was a significant contributor in the passing game, as his 342 career receptions are the most by a running back in Bengals history, and his 2867 receiving yards are second-most.

Bengals center Trey Hopkins continues to improve during rehab, celebrates return of coach Frank Pollack
But as Hopkins grinds to get back, waiting for him when he returns just may be the line's biggest change. Hopkins, the last lineman from the Paul Alexander days, changes line coaches for the third time in four years. During old/new offensive line coach Frank Pollack's one year with the Bengals in 2018, Hopkins started nine games at all three inside spots and loved it.

Bengals release Giovani Bernard: Should Eagles be interested in gadget running back?
The Cincinnati Bengals released running back Giovani Bernard on Wednesday. The Bengals tried to shop Bernard on the trade market but were unable to find any takers for his $3.7 million salary.

Bengals 3-round mock draft from PFF nets Bengals some big names
It seems like there are at least three options for the Bengals at fifth overall, never mind the possibility of a trade down. That always makes for an interesting mock, and especially so when those mocks extend beyond the first round.

Designer Creates Unique Cincinnati Bengals Jersey Mockups Featuring Leaping Tiger
Plenty of concepts and mock jerseys have been created this offseason. Designer "Dalton Signature" always seems to create unique looks and he delivered again on Tuesday evening. Check out his latest design below.

Joe Burrow injury comeback timeline update is good news for Bengals
That did a number of things for Bengals fans. One, it was thrilling. Two, it was a little confusing — Burrow’s projected timetable to get back to throwing was mid-February, yet the team hadn’t said a peep about it and an evolved social media team had never shown any of it.

Around the league

Bills QB Josh Allen's thoughts on franchise tag: 'Eww'
Josh Allen's seemingly unprecedented improvement in 2020 put the Buffalo Bills quarterback on the path to a massive payday as he becomes eligible for a new contract extension this offseason.

Tom Brady still motivated by doubters even after seven Super Bowl titles
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Quarterback relocations: Sam Darnold, Matthew Stafford benefit from move; Jared Goff will struggle
NFL free agency produced quite a shuffle at the offensive skill positions, including quarterback. NFL Network analyst and former QB David Carr has surveyed the recent relocations of eight signal-callers, answering one question for each: Will the player post greater, similar or lesser production with his new team in 2021 than he did with his previous club in 2020?

Washington hires Natalia Dorantes as coordinator of football operations, becoming NFL's first Latina to be chief of staff
The team announced Wednesday morning it hired Natalia Dorantes as the team's coordinator of football operations. Working with the coaching staff and football operations, Dorantes will report directly to Rivera in a chief-of-staff role.