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Bengals News (8/23): Defense continues reign of terror

The Bengals defense has another day where they dominate the offense at practice.

NFL: AUG 16 Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Camp Notebook: Another big day for the Bengals defense
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor's training camp ended last week and since the Bengals are not playing their third and final preseason game until next Sunday (4 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) against Miami at Paul Brown Stadium, it gives Taylor the chance to for prepare his team like he would for a Sunday home game during the regular season.

Quick Hits: Bengals opening day offensive line and Joe Burrow may play in the preseason
"I think that would be ideal. After the game, going into that final week before the game to have a general idea," Taylor said before Sunday's practice. "There won't be a lot of information that we'll gain next week from practices in terms of that competition. So, again, it's not set in stone that when this game ends, we'll name the starters. But I think we'll probably have a pretty good idea of what direction we're headed for Week 1."

Breaking down the Cincinnati Bengals roster after two preseason games
The Bengals practice Sunday after Friday's 17-13 loss in Washington, but other than that it's like a regular-season week as they prep for next Sunday's preseason finale (4 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) against Miami at Paul Brown Stadium. But a preseason finale is never normal for the back of the roster. Especially after Sunday's report third-round pick Joseph Ossai is feared out for the year.

Bengals sign DE Noah Spence, waive five players
Signed free agent DE Noah Spence. A fifth-year player out of Eastern Kentucky University, Spence (6-2, 251) originally was a second-round pick of Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016. He spent 2016-18 with Tampa Bay, before later joining Washington ('19) and New Orleans ('19-20). He was released by the Saints on Aug. 16. He has played in 41 career games and has 7.5 sacks, four FFs and a PD.

Dez Bryant Defends Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, Believes the Star Rookie Will Be Just Fine
Chase grew up watching Bryant and other star wide receivers like him dominate opposing cornerbacks. Seeing someone like him come to his defense has to make the rookie feel good, especially with so many people wondering where the drop issues came from?

Bengals not 'down' on Ja'Marr Chase despite rookie WR's struggles with drops
When the Cincinnati Bengals drafted LSU receiver Ja'Marr Chase with the No. 5 overall pick, there were plenty of questions ranging from his fit in the offense to whether or not Cincy should have selected an offensive lineman. However, one question no one at the time was asking was about the rookie's ability to simply catch the ball.

Cincinnati Bengals: 6 hardest cuts for projected 53-man roster
Those exhibitions provided some more clarity on the progression of battles across the roster, so it makes for a good time to step back and outline where things stand.

Bengals rookie Joseph Ossai set to undergo possible season-ending knee surgery, per report
Joseph Ossai had a solid preseason debut, with five quarterback pressures as well as a sack of quarterback Tom Brady. Unfortunately for Ossai and the Bengals, that may be the final game for the rookie linebacker plays in 2021. Ossai is slated to undergo knee surgery for a meniscus injury that is feared to be season-ending, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Ossai felt the injury during the Bengals' preseason win over the Buccaneers.

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Kyle Shanahan 'not making that announcement' on 49ers starting QB for Week 1
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Titans head coach Mike Vrabel says he's positive for COVID-19
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