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Jonah Williams becoming the player many expected him to be when the Bengals spent a first round pick on him will be important in 2021.

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Bengals Sign Seven Draft Picks
The Bengals today signed seven draft picks — DE Cam Sample, DT Tyler Shelvin, OT D'Ante Smith, K Evan McPherson, C/G Trey Hill, HB Chris Evans and DE Wyatt Hubert. The team also signed veteran free agent WR Trent Taylor.

Roundup: Bengals sign ex-49ers slot receiver Trent Taylor
A shifty slot receiver out of Louisiana Tech, Taylor showed promise getting open in tight quarters and being a release valve over the middle during the early portions of his career, which included 430 yards on 43 catches with two TDs in his rookie campaign in 2017. Taylor's career, however, has been sideswiped by injury. He missed all of the 2019 season after a setback following foot surgery. In 2020 he earned just 10 catches for 86 yards in 12 games played.

Roundup: Bengals sign ex-49ers slot receiver Trent Taylor
A shifty slot receiver out of Louisiana Tech, Taylor showed promise getting open in tight quarters and being a release valve over the middle during the early portions of his career, which included 430 yards on 43 catches with two TDs in his rookie campaign in 2017. Taylor's career, however, has been sideswiped by injury. He missed all of the 2019 season after a setback following foot surgery. In 2020 he earned just 10 catches for 86 yards in 12 games played.

Trent Taylor won’t wear A.J. Green’s No. 18 jersey number with Bengals
That news actually caused some angst among Bengals fans because Taylor popped up at rookie minicamp wearing the No. 18 — the jersey number that belonged to a guy by the name of A.J. Green.

Bengals: Joe Mixon sits in the middle of new 2021 RB rankings at PFF
But not all rankings and outside observers are as confident as the Bengals on this front. While ranking the top 32 running backs in the NFL ahead of the new season, Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus slots Mixon 14th:

Fort Payne’s Evan McPherson wants to be 1 of the 32 - al.com
“It’s been a goal of mine, a dream of mine since I started kicking,” McPherson said of his NFL opportunity with the Cincinnati Bengals. “Now that it’s here, I’m super-excited, super-fired up. …

Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Lineman Jonah Williams Looks Ready to Make a Major Leap This Season
Former first round pick Jonah Williams is first on that list. The Bengals' left tackle appeared in 10 games last season after missing his entire rookie year due to injury. Williams looked quite capable of protecting Joe Burrow's blindside, but he has to improve if he's going to become the Bengals' franchise left tackle.

Around the league

Pro Football Focus: Top 5 most improved teams of 2021
Pro Football Focus names their top 5 most improved teams heading into the 2021 season.

Myles Gaskin on who will be Dolphins' starting RB in 2021: 'Above my pay grade'
The Miami Dolphins didn't draft or sign a running back this offseason who will take over the starting role in the backfield. The lack of a big-time move at the position puts Myles Gaskin in line for the starting gig.

Cam Heyward: Steelers defenders 'most excited to have' RB Najee Harris
Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward told NFL Network's Good Morning Football that he likes how general manager Kevin Colbert and the rest of the brass handled the offseason, upgrading clear areas of need on offense. That includes using a prime asset on a workhorse running back.

Colts HC Frank Reich: 'I just cringe when I hear stuff' like Carson Wentz is broken
Like a hamster running in a cage, Colts coach Frank Reich has spent his offseason answering a persistent loop of questions about Carson Wentz, spinning on a media wheel, stuck in the cycle of the offseason. Until the former Eagles quarterback is on the field, under pressure, and delivers, the cycle will persist in Indy.