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Bengals News (8/18): The Joes are taking care of offense

Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon are making sure the offense stays on track.

Camp Notebook: Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon leading the Bengals offense
"I think 'The Franchise' is the one that wanted to talk and he wanted Joe (Mixon) to be in on that," Uzomah said. "I think it's necessary. We've got to hear it. As a tight end room we say it and we talk to the offensive line about it. But we need to hear it as an entire offense."

Fantasy Football: Two Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receivers Make Matthew Berry's 'Love' List'
ESPN fantasy analyst Matthew Berry likes the talent the Bengals have put around Joe Burrow, but he's only targeting two of the wide receivers in fantasy drafts.

Cincinnati Bengals star Joe Burrow Gives Details on Rehab: 'Every Workout to Me was Life or Death
Burrow was cleared for the start training camp last month and while he hasn't played in the preseason [yet], he's expected to be on the field for the regular season opener against the Vikings on Sept. 12.

Joe Burrow Is Back From Injury, but the Bengals’ Rehabilitation Continues
Joe Burrow did one fun thing this year. He attended a Stipe Miocic–Francis Ngannou UFC fight with some friends in March that was otherwise closed to the public. It’s funny, he said, “I see those talking heads on football and I go, ‘Ahhh, this guy doesn’t really know what he’s talking about.’ Then I watch all these MMA talking heads and I’m like, ‘Oh, this guy is giving me some great insight.’ And then it’s like, ‘Wow, it’s probably the same thing. He probably doesn’t know what he’s talking about either.’”

Cincinnati Bengals: 7 hardest cuts for projected 53-man roster
Wren just hasn’t been able to stay healthy, which is a shame given his clearly immense upside. He was one of the last cuts we made while giving one of the 10 defensive line spots to undrafted free agent Darius Hodge. That might seem premature, but Hodge is worth stashing and developing, whereas Wren is out of time.

Cincinnati Bengals depth chart: Defensive turnover focus
After finishing the last two seasons ranked in the bottom half of the National Football League in turnovers, Lou Anarumo knew he needed to change some things on his defense to get it to perform at a higher level.

Around the league

Bears rookie OT Teven Jenkins to undergo back surgery; Justin Fields dealing with groin issue
Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that first-round quarterback Justin Fields would be “pulled back” in practice today as he deals with a groin issue. Nagy noted that the team would be “extremely conservative” with Fields, but the plan is to get him ready for Saturday’s preseason game versus the Buffalo Bills.

2021 NFL season: One pivotal rookie for each of the 32 teams
Finding a pivotal rookie for the Bills in 2021 is a bit of a challenge, as many of their picks were geared toward the future over the present. Rousseau has talent, but lacks experience as a rusher and might not come on until the second half of the season. Still, he has inside/outside rush potential in sub-packages and could provide some needed energy for Buffalo’s rush attack.

Dave Gettleman ‘happy’ with how Odell Beckham Jr. trade has worked out for Giants
The club shipped the star receiver to Cleveland in March of 2019. In exchange, the Giants received safety Jabrill Peppers and two draft picks that became first-round defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and third-round edge-rusher Oshane Ximines.