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Bengals News (8/10): Fans in Cincinnati know how to party

Bengals fans apparently drink the most on gameday.

Michael Jordan at right guard as Bengals release depth chart ahead of preseason opener at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In anticipation of Saturday night's preseason opener in Tampa (7:30-Cincinnati's Channel 12), Taylor has put rookie tackle D'Ante Smith as the backup to left guard to Quinton Spain. Smith, a fourth-round pick out of East Carolina who played one game at guard for the Pirates, has been impressive since he moved to guard for Saturday's practice.

Cincinnati Bengals Safety Ricardo Allen Compares Joe Burrow to Matt Ryan
Allen signed a one-year deal with the Bengals this offseason. He's currently dealing with a minor injury, but is expected to be their third safety behind Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell.

Bengals fans ranked No. 1 for biggest drinkers during games, survey finds
Cincinnati Bengals fans can throw ‘em back better than any other fanbase in the NFL, according to a recent survey. Out of all 32 teams, Bengals fans consume more alcoholic beverages during the game than everyone else, a survey from SportsHandle found. Bengals fans average 5.2 drinks per game and spend just over $43 on alcohol at Paul Brown Stadium.

Cincinnati Bengals must sign another offensive tackle before season starts
I’m sure this Avengers meme has been remade over and over again, but it feels especially apt for the Cincinnati Bengals’ offense going into the season. In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bengals took wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase over offensive lineman Penei Sewell with their fifth pick.

Cincinnati Bengals: D'Ante Smith has a legit chance to earn starting job
At the time of Smith being drafted, Stripe Hype’s Alan Rubenstein noted that Smith could be a long-term starter on the o-line. It made sense as to why this was, as the Bengals signed Riley Reiff to just a one-year deal in free agency, so he isn’t necessarily in the team’s plans past this year.

Reader expects to play in Bengals’ preseason opener
The Bengals play at Tampa Bay on Saturday, and if Reader does get snaps, it would be his first competition against an opposing team since Week 5 last year when he suffered a season-ending quad injury.

Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase struggles, impact on Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins
With concerns about Joe Burrow’s early struggles at Cincinnati Bengals training camp a thing of the past, the attention now turns to fifth-overall pick Ja’Marr Chase.

Around the league

'Hard Knocks' preview: Dallas Cowboys promise to bring star power
Hard Knocks is back. The acclaimed docuseries returns for its 16th season on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on HBO (it will also stream on HBO Max). As per tradition, I'll author episode recaps that you can read the night of each episode's airing.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson doesn't want to 'dwell' on vaccination decision
Jackson first became infected with COVID-19 in November 2020, right in the middle of a desperate playoff push for the Ravens. His infection came as a result of an outbreak among Ravens players, which forced the postponement and rescheduling of their Week 12 game against the Steelers deep into the following week, eventually playing the game with a depleted roster on a Wednesday.

Sean Payton declines comment on Michael Thomas tweet
The murky situation in New Orleans surrounding Michael Thomas' delayed surgery grew dimmer when the star receiver set a tweet Monday morning insinuating he's withholding info that would paint a different picture than the one that's been reported.

Top 10 undrafted players entering 2021 NFL season
Andrews is one of the most overlooked players on the Patriots' roster after missing time in each of the past two seasons. He was sidelined by a hand injury for four games last season after sitting out the entire 2019 campaign with blood clots in his lungs. Entering 2021, Andrews is the centerpiece of an O-line ranked third by Pro Football Focus and should set the tone for a rejuvenated offense.

Kliff Kingsbury hopes Kyler Murray follows the Josh Allen path to big contract
Josh Allen's massive contract extension will have a trickle-down effect on other quarterbacks in line to be paid. Not only will Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield use Allen's contract to help form their new deals, but future signal-callers could also look at the path of the Buffalo Bills QB as the route to a big payday.