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Bengals News (7/25): Playoffs?!

Can the Bengals actually contend for the playoffs in 2021?

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Adams: Burrow leads AFC North in passing yardage, Bengals to playoffs
“I think this Bengals team got better than a lot of people realized,” Kay Adams said Friday on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.”

‘Technician’ Ja’Marr Chase could be playmaker Bengals, Joe Burrow need
Reunited with Joe Burrow, Chase is confident he will be an impact player for the Bengals. And the early returns are promising. “Everybody’s been surprised by how smart he was,” said Joe Burrow. “I told everyone coming in, ‘He’s not going to bust, he’s going to know exactly what to do, he’s going to be a pro.’ And that’s exactly what’s happened.”

Seahawks willing to make Jamal Adams NFL’s highest-paid safety with new deal
The Broncos made Justin Simmons the highest-paid safety in the NFL earlier this offseason. Seattle’s Jamal Adams should leapfrog him soon. This will also likely affect contract talks between the Bengals and All-Pro safety Jessie Bates.

Scouting Derek Stingley Jr.: LSU corner reminiscent of Marshon Lattimore with lockdown skill set
Derek Stingley Jr. heads into the 2021 season as one of the most hyped prospects in college football. Can the talented LSU cornerback live up to the hype? Daniel Jeremiah offers his initial scouting report, supplying a Pro Bowl comparison in the process.

Best NFL cornerbacks heading into 2021 season? Analysts reveal gold, silver, bronze picks
In honor of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, we’re highlighting the best of the best across the NFL. Who are the top three cornerbacks heading into the 2021 NFL season? Check out the gold, silver and bronze medalists at the position.

Sooners, Longhorns on the verge of making SEC move
Big 12 officials held a call Thursday to discuss the league’s future, with Texas and Oklahoma absent from the discussion. The two schools would have to give the Big 12 an 18-month notice before formally leaving as well.

Cleveland Browns unveil 75th anniversary uniform
The Cleveland Browns are celebrating their 75th anniversary in style. The team unveiled a special-edition uniform Saturday morning through its mobile app that pays homage to different looks throughout franchise history.

NFL to fine unvaccinated players $14,650 for any violation of COVID-19 protocol
Every violation of COVID-19 procedures by an unvaccinated player will lead to a $14,650 fine by the league this season. The rule was brought to light after Bucs coach Bruce Arians made mention of it in a report.