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Bengals News (5/17): Catching on

The Bengals have Chris Evans catching plenty of passes during minicamp.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals Rookie Minicamp Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals CB Mike Hilton excited to be in same secondary as Jessie Bates
Hosting a question-answer session on social media, one fan lobbed a softball by asking which player the former Pittsburgh Steelers standout was most excited to play alongside on his new team.

Bengals: where does Joe Burrow stand in the ESPN fantasy QB rankings?
Former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was putting on stellar personal performances in his rookie season before it was cut short by a severe left knee injury in November against the Washington Football Team.

Ryan Kerrigan Says Goodbye to Washington Football Team, Are Cincinnati Bengals Still Interested in Former Pro Bowler?
Kerrigan visited the Bengals in March and there was mutual interest from both sides, but talks broke down before a deal could be reached. Multiple league sources believed the four-time Pro Bowler may return to Washington following his visit with Cincinnati, but that isn't going to happen.

Cincinnati Bengals utilizing former Michigan RB Chris Evans' catching ability during rookie minicamp
Former Michigan running back Chris Evans is doing whatever he can in order to be of use for the Cincinnati Bengals, who selected Evans in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. While the determination of whether Evans will make the final roster for the Bengals won't be made until weeks down the line, the franchise is getting a good look at how versatile the former Wolverine can be during rookie minicamp.

Where does average age of Bengals’ roster rank in NFL?
That’s still not terribly far off the No. 1 spot (Rams, 24.62), but it’s a pretty good sign the Bengals are exiting the rebuild phase and the excuses that come along with doing things such as struggling in one-score games or on prime time.

Around the league

Ryan Kerrigan, Washington's all-time sacks leader, says goodbye to Football Team
Ryan Kerrigan spent a decade with the Washington Football Team, earning four Pro Bowls and 95.5 sacks along the way. The former first-round pick said goodbye Monday to the only club he's known in his pro career.

Lions rookie WR Amon-Ra St. Brown: 'I'm ready to take someone's job'
The Lions' revamped receiving corps doesn't include an alpha. Tyrell Williams is the most accomplished wideout, with one 1,000-yard season early in his career, but didn't play at all in 2020; Breshad Perriman is a former first-round pick who's never been consistent; Quintez Cephus had a solid rookie campaign but profiles as a depth player; and Kalif Raymond has never been a full-time receiver.

2021 NFC win total projections: Can Washington repeat in NFC East?
As I did for the AFC, I've used projected 53-man rosters to simulate all 272 regular-season games 50,000 times, yielding the projected win totals for the teams in the NFC below. (I went into greater detail about my methodology in that file, but again, because of the difficulty in accounting for different scenarios that could unfold between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, I projected the season with Rodgers staying in Green Bay for now.) As in the AFC, the top seven teams below are my projected playoff participants in the NFC.

Giants sign WR-turned-TE Kelvin Benjamin, RB Corey Clement
The Florida State product initially didn't disappoint, either. As a rookie, he caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. After missing the next season with a torn ACL, Benjamin put up 63, 941 and seven in 2016. Carolina exercised his fifth-year option, only to trade him to the Bills midway through the 2017 campaign. Benjamin struggled in Buffalo and was released after 14 months. He closed out the 2018 campaign playing three games for the Chiefs.