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Bengals News (6/1): Attracting big names

How long until we see even more free agents saying they want to play with Joe Burrow?

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Analyst sees Ja’Marr Chase as wrong choice for the Bengals
Reuniting former teammates Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase seemed like the easy choice for the Cincinnati Bengals during this year’s NFL Draft, and while the Bengals couldn’t pass up this opportunity, many believe this wasn’t the right choice.

Sam Hubbard leading the charge as new era of Bengals leadership begins
It’s no secret the Cincinnati Bengals have a new leadership core heading into 2021 after the last two years have seen a dramatic departure of the veterans who stood on the frontlines of the Marvin Lewis era.

Joe Burrow could attract top free agents to Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals spent the last two offseasons rebuilding their roster. Free agency and the previous two draft classes have rebooted the Bengals on both sides of the ball.

Bengals’ Trey Hendrickson is one of NFL’s best from certain gap
It was fairly judged as a risky manuever by the Bengals given Lawson’s past production and the fact Hendrickson has just one big season of production on his resume so far.

Cincinnati Bengals: 4 toughest tight ends on 2021 schedule
The Cincinnati Bengals have two of the best tight ends in the league on their 2021 schedule, which isn’t a relaxing thought considering how tough the schedule already is. Of course, having Jessie Bates on the roster to cover these tight ends does ease the tensions a bit.

Around the league

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: 'The only record I have my eyes set on breaking' is going 20-0
Fittingly, Mahomes' new goal is to accomplish something that neither Brady nor any one quarterback ever has. The 25-year-old has made all sorts of history just a few years into what's quickly shaping up to be a Hall of Fame career. He said just one feat has his attention as he prepares for the 2021 campaign: leading his team to a perfect season.

Next Gen Stats' top 10 disruptors of 2020: Aaron Donald ranks high, but not No. 1 ...
That said, a defender is too often judged solely based on how often he gets to the quarterback. What about when he doesn't quite complete a takedown for a loss? Is the defender irrelevant, from a statistical perspective, in the frenzied moments before a pass is released just because he didn't record a sack?

AFC West projected starters: Chiefs remain in driver's seat, but is gap narrowing?
With the 2021 NFL Draft and most of free agency in the rearview, Gregg Rosenthal will project starting lineups for all 32 teams because that's his idea of fun. Check out the AFC West breakdowns below.

This Week in NFL History (May 31 to June 6): Joe Namath turns 78
Welcome to This Week in NFL History! Every week, the Research team will spotlight the anniversaries of notable events and birthdays.