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Bengals News (6/26): Fantasy football mock draft

Where do Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Burrow and others fall in early fantasy mock drafts?

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Cincinnati Bengals

Fantasy football mock draft - 10-team, 1/2 PPR - ESPN
The Bengals are loaded with potential fantasy football contributors on offense, but figuring out which ones to target and in what round will prove to be quite challenging in 2021. That said, this fantasy mock draft had five Bengals being selected within the first 134 picks.

PFF50: The 50 best players in the NFL right now
PFF ranks the top 50 players in the league heading into the 2021 NFL season. Los Angeles Rams superstar Aaron Donald takes to the top spot for the fifth consecutive year, while Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce follow closely behind. Sadly, no Bengals made this list, which is surprising given how good Jessie Bates is and some of the guys who made this list ahead of him. James Bradberry? Seriously?

Which first-round NFL picks are drawing rave reviews? What we learned about all 32 this offseason
Bengals reporter Ben Baby had this to say about Bengals rookie wideout Ja’Marr Chase and how he looked in OTAs:

“The final 7-on-7 session of the offseason showed what Chase can do for Cincinnati’s offense. He was quarterback Joe Burrow’s go-to target during one stretch of a drill that featured zero incompletions. Chase will have adjustments and improvements to make this offseason, but the Bengals are banking on him to become an immediate playmaker. The rookie seems up to the challenge.”

Recapping The Cincinnati Bengals 2021 Offseason Moves
Between the draft, free agency and coaching staff changes, the 2021 offseason has been a busy one for the Bengals. Here is a quick recap at some of the moves the Bengals have made since the offseason began back in January.

Around the NFL

Patrick Peterson explains why all NFL players should get vaccinated - ProFootballTalk
Peterson said on his podcast that unvaccinated players are putting themselves at risk of having to miss games, either because they get COVID-19 or because they have close contacts with people who do, and that if you’re taking that risk, you’re not doing everything you can to help your team win.

Aaron Rodgers does indeed have an opt-out silver bullet for 2021 - ProFootballTalk
The problem with opting out is that it requires a fairly quick decision, and the decision cannot be changed. But if Rodgers truly is thinking about staying away for all of 2021, there are 20.3 million reasons for making a final and binding decision in the next seven days.

For many teams, it may be too late to take advantage of helmet rule change for 2022
According to the memo disseminated on Thursday by the NFL, all teams must decide and declare by July 31 whether they’ll be using a second helmet in 2022. Complicating matters for the various teams is that “the notice date for 2022 uniform changes has passed and no new uniforms can be developed for the 2022 season, other than those previously approved by the League Office for the 2022 season.”

Picking the Power Five dark-horse College Football Playoff contenders entering 2021
The College Football Playoff welcomes four teams every season, until the soon-to-be expanded 12-team playoff. In the playoff world, that can be over in a hurry if they suddenly have two losses midway through the season, but until they’re officially ruled out, there are dark horses in college football that can make the playoff.

Dolphins among teams providing aid to victims of condo collapse in Florida
The Miami Dolphins are lending a much-needed helping hand in the wake of a partial 12-story condo collapse in Surfside, Florida. As of Friday afternoon, authorities have confirmed four people died in the collapse and 159 people are unaccounted for.