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Bengals News (5/19): Room for fantasy

Is the Bengals receiving group a well of potential or too crowded for its own good for fantasy football?

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Duke Tobin evaluates the Bengals draft class during rookie minicamp
The Bengals didn't have that luxury of a preseason last year and Joe Burrow's class still became their most productive band of rookies arguably ever. The Ja'Marr Chase class already has a leg up on them with last Friday's minicamp and this week's workouts in preparation next week's first voluntary camp for veterans and rookies.

Bengals Sign Second Round Draft Pick Jackson Carman
Carman (6-5, 322) spent the last three seasons (2018-20) at Clemson University. He played in 40 career games (27 starts), and in each of his three seasons helped Clemson to ACC titles and berths in the College Football Playoff. Carman is a native of Fairfield, Ohio (Fairfield High School), just outside of Cincinnati. He played OT in college at Clemson, but the Bengals list him at G.

Cincinnati Bengals' Joe Burrow on track to return for Week 1, Dr. Neal ElAttrache says
"He's on track for full go for start of the season," ElAttrache, who operated on Burrow in December, wrote in a text. "He's doing all the work. He's worked his tail off and been an amazingly mature participant in his recovery. He's focused and great to work with."

Bengals rumors: Should Bengals have trade interest in Morgan Moses?
Said tackle this time is Morgan Moses of the Washington Football Team, a 30-year-old veteran who has been a staple of the offensive line for years. Last year, he earned an 80.6 PFF grade over 1,065 snaps, though he did let up six penalties and five sacks.

3 Bengals rookies with the most to prove this season
Armed with 10 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bengals made sure to hit their weak positions hard, adding depth along the offensive line and on defense as well. The rookies will be expected to come in and contribute ASAP but these three rookies have the most pressure on them for one reason or another.

Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Evans is poised for a 2021 breakout
Look, by now, you’ve watched enough football to know how these things go. It’s rookie minicamp. There aren’t any veterans walking around, and seemingly out of nowhere, one of the guys on the field starts doing some pretty cool-looking stuff. Just like that, you have what’s called a ‘buzz’. That’s true with the Cincinnati Bengals, and that’s the case with all of the other 31 NFL franchises.

Bengals WRs: Projecting Fantasy Value in 2021 | RotoBaller
The Cincinnati Bengals have one of the most talented receiving cores in the NFL. Tee Higgins had an excellent rookie year, looking like a potential alpha WR1. Tyler Boyd continues to be one of the more dependable slot receivers in the league. This was already a strong duo, but the Bengals made it elite with their choice in this year's draft.

Around the league

2021 NFL MVP dark horses: Don't sleep on Justin Herbert, Carson Wentz, Jameis Winston
With the free agency frenzy, 2021 NFL Draft and schedule release in the rearview, it's high time to forecast what could transpire in the coming season -- and who could make the most significant individual impact.

Broncos waive WR DaeSean Hamilton with non-football injury designation following ACL tear
Denver waived Hamilton with a non-football injury designation on Tuesday, the team announced. Hamilton recently tore his ACL while training on his own, NFL Network's Taylor Bisciotti reported last week, which followed a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo detailing Denver's intention to release Hamilton after the team failed to find a suitable partner for a trade involving Hamilton. News of the ACL tear brought sense to Denver's decision to waive Hamilton.

Niners GM John Lynch: 'From day one, we've been upfront' with Jimmy Garoppolo
"I think Jimmy's got a really good trust in myself and Kyle," Lynch said via 49ers WebZone. "I think you earn that, and I think from day one, we've been very upfront with Jimmy. When I went to Jimmy, I told him the truth. Like, 'Look, we have made a decision that we're going to pursue a quarterback this offseason. You know, Jimmy, when you've played, you've been tremendous, and the record speaks to that. We feel like there's room for growth. The biggest thing has been it's hard to keep you on the field.' That's not an easy thing to tell a player, but Jimmy took it tremendously."

Rob Gronkowski ready for 'epic' return to New England to face Patriots in Week 4
"That's going to be crazy. It's going to be pretty epic," Gronk told Casey Phillips of the Bucs official team website. "It's definitely going to be emotional for sure, I would say. I just had a great nine years (in New England). Probably the best nine years of my life. It was the beginning of basically my whole football career there. It's definitely going to be heartfelt when I go back. And I've just got to be prepared for that game. I've got to be prepared for every game, but especially that one. It's never going to be easy. It's going to be tough. It's going to be a good one. It's going to be different."

Which QB drafted No. 1 overall will win most games in 2021 NFL season?
Heading into the 2021 NFL season, there are eight potential starting quarterbacks who entered the league as a No. 1 overall draft pick. The first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Jacksonville's Trevor Lawrence, joins a well-established group that includes: