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Bengals News (5/6): Ja’Marr Chase could answer several offensive issues

The Bengals adding a dynamic wide receiver to give themselves an elite group of pass catchers could make everyone’s job easier.

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Hobson's Choice: Post 2021 NFL Draft edition as Geoff Hobson answers questions from fans
I'd imagine the move is putting Carman at right guard so it would be easier to kick him out to right tackle. And that makes good sense in my opinion because Carman is young – just turned 21 back in January – so why not put him between some crafty veterans likes Riley Reiff, Trey Hopkins and Billy Price and let him learn for a year?

Cincinnati Bengals Extend Minicamp Invite to Bethune-Cookman wide receiver Jimmie Robinson
They're adding at least one more player to the list. The Bengals sent Bethune-Cookman wide receiver Jimmie Robinson a minicamp invite. The 5-foot-7 speedster finished with 39 receptions for 468 yards and four touchdowns for the Wildcats in 2019. He also returned 33 kicks for 880 yards and one score.

Protect Joe Burrow and unlock his potential? Bengals' Ja'Marr Chase might do both
Bengals coaches watched film from the 2019 LSU season before they drafted Burrow with the top overall pick in the 2020 draft and spotted wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase. They started to dream of a scenario where Chase is on Cincinnati’s roster.

D’Ante Smith is Bengals draft pick that should get more attention
Let the Bengals tell it, Smith was down to 283 pounds before opting out of last year’s college season. COVID protocols kept him from training and eating the way he needed to, per Bengals scout Andrew Johnson, via Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com:

'It’s not supposed to be easy': Behind the scenes of the Bengals' complicated, scrutinized NFL Draft path
In the dog days of the Bengals dissecting options for the fifth overall pick, offensive coordinator Brian Callahan had finished going through tape of the offensive line prospects and flipped over to Ja’Marr Chase.

Bengals OC Brian Callahan: Joe Mixon shouldn't come off the field
Giovani Bernard is gone after a long run in the Bengals backfield, which leaves Samaje Perine in line for the No. 2 job while Trayveon Williams, sixth-round pick Chris Evans, and undrafted free agent signing Pooka Williams are in the mix for roles as well. After the draft, Callahan said none of them will be seeing much of the field if all goes according to plan.

Bengals: Wide receiver depth chart after 2021 NFL Draft
Chase wasn’t selected No. 5 overall to not be the No. 1 wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. His history with Burrow speaks for itself and he’ll be the go-to guy in this recharged Bengals offense. Here’s every wide receiver listed on the Bengals’ official roster (along with a UDFA who is not listed):

Former NFL Star is Buying Stock in Ja'Marr Chase and the Rest of the Cincinnati Bengals' Offense
They aren't the only ones that believe Chase will make an impact right away. Former NFL star and current analyst Nate Burleson believes the newest Bengals receiver will have more electrifying highlights than anyone else in the 2021 rookie class.

Did Bengals get late-round steals with Trey Hill and Chris Evans?
We graded both extremely well as the draft proceeded for good reason — Georgia offensive lineman Trey Hill has a chance to stick around for a long time, if not break out as a starter eventually. And Michigan running back Chris Evans could work his way into the rotation quickly.

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Five best offseasons in the NFL: Buccaneers, Patriots riding high
Now that most teams have done the bulk of their roster-building ahead of the 2021 NFL season, with the main portion of free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft in the rearview, let's take a look at which teams have had the best overall offseasons so far. Below is my list of the five best offseasons, taking into account both free agency and the draft:

John Kuhn: Aaron Rodgers 'conflicted' about Packers future
Rodgers is one of a handful of players (quarterbacks, really) who potentially could win a power struggle with a general manager -- especially in an organization that doesn't have a singular owner. How hard the QB is willing to push the issue remains to be seen. It'd cost Rodgers $23 million if he simply retired.

Free-agent CB Richard Sherman would welcome return to Seahawks, 49ers
"It's always in the cards," Sherman said, via NFC Sports Northwest. "I spend my entire offseason in Seattle, that's where I live, that's where my family is. So, it's never out of the cards. Obviously, Pete (Carroll) and I have had conversations throughout the offseason, and everything just needs to shake out right. They're still figuring things out, I'm still figuring things out."

Lions waiving former second-round pick Kerryon Johnson
After Detroit took Johnson at No. 43 overall in 2018, he was a breath of fresh air to a long-toothless Lions rushing attack. However, after rushing for 641 yards and a trio of touchdowns, Johnson's rookie season was cut to 10 weeks with a knee injury. Another knee injury held Johnson to just eight contests in 2019.