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Bengals News (6/28): Hot seat

Zac Taylor and Mike Zimmer have something in common heading into the 2021 NFL season.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals Minicamp Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

NFL coaches on hot seat entering 2021 season -
You’ll be sarcastically shocked to hear that Bengals head coach Zac Taylor is on this list. After winning just six games through his first two seasons, there’s no questions the Bengals need to make big strides in 2021 for Taylor to remain with the team through 2022. That said, is Taylor on the hottest seat of NFL head coach entering the 2021 season?

Bengals TE Drew Sample among names working at ‘TE University’
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Drew Sample put in extra work ahead of a critical third year. Will 2021 be the year he finally puts it together and proves he was worthy of being a second-round NFL Draft pick?

Bengals training camp: Sleepers to watch at each position on offense
Who are the offensive sleepers to know at Cincinnati Bengals training camp?

Photo Gallery | Behind The Scenes From Media Day
Check out some of the behind-the-scenes shots from the Bengals 2021 Media Day held at Paul Brown Stadium.

Around the NFL

Report: Deshaun Watson Could Be Suspended into 2023; Broncos Trade 'Unlikely'
NFL insider John Clayton of 104.3 The Fan recently brought to light a plausible scenario in which Watson does not see a football field again until 2023. Clayton echoed Fox Sports Radio's Ben Maller, who raised the argument the 25-year-old is at the mercy of the justice system — with a merciless but legitimate outcome on the table.

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Can Oklahoma provide another No. 1 overall pick?
Does Spencer Rattler join an esteemed society in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft? Where do the ealy projections have the Bengals drafting in 2022?

NFL Throwback: Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick's top 25 plays
Relive the 25 greatest plays from former NFL quarterback Michael Vick's legendary career.

Report: Baker Mayfield, Browns have had no substantive talks yet - ProFootballTalk
Baker Mayfield‘s camp is in no hurry to get the quarterback a mega extension. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns and Mayfield’s representation have had no substantive talks and negotiations could stretch into the season.

UConn Huskies pitcher, family barely escape Florida building collapse
UConn pitcher Justin Willis and his family were among those fortunate enough to escape the collapse of a Miami-area apartment tower last week that has left more than 100 people still missing.

Aaron Rodgers opt out unlikely by July 2 deadline - ProFootballTalk
The thinking is that the opt out deadline comes too quickly, and that it’s consequences are too permanent, for Rodgers to go that route in 2021. Thus, the beautiful mystery will continue until late July at the earliest, when Rodgers does or doesn’t show up for training camp — and when he possibly retires for a season before unretiring in after it.