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Bengals News (8/25): Longer wait

The NFL Hall of Fame chose to pass up Ken Riley and Ken Anderson again.

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Ken Anderson, Ken Riley have to wait another year for the Pro Football Hall of Fame
For the second straight year Bengals greats Ken Anderson and Ken Riley made it into the bruising finals of senior committee voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and again didn't emerge with the nomination.

Don't Miss First Ruler Of The Jungle Ceremony On Sunday
The Bengals' new pregame ritual, the Ruler of The Jungle ceremony, debuts this Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium before the Dolphins game. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. and fans are asked to be in their seats by 3:45 p.m. to participate in this new tradition.

NFL Insider Believes Cincinnati Bengals Safety Jessie Bates Will Play Out 2021 Season Without a New Contract
CINCINNATI — Bengals safety Jessie Bates is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The 24-year-old would like to sign a long-term deal in Cincinnati, but one NFL insider doesn't think it's going to happen before the start of the regular season.

Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase should recall Tee Higgins was slow starter too
As fans might recall, Higgins had a nagging injury issue in camp, initially had problems adjusting to NFL speed and wasn’t a major factor in the team’s season opener, all this while the Bengals were talking him up as a first-round prospect they happened to find in the second round.

Bengals doing what they can to help rookie WR Ja'Marr Chase work through drop issues
Not quite “cONfiRm yOUr AmAZoN aCCouNt”-level spam, but almost as hard to believe. Only, the sender wasn’t unknown. It came from offensive line coach Frank Pollack, and he could confirm the premise because he remembers being there.

It's too early to call Cincinnati Bengals offense a 'loser'
The Cincinnati Bengals‘ offense has left a lot to be desired through two preseason games so far. From Joe Burrow not playing in the first two games to Ja’Marr Chase’s drops to the offensive line woes, it’d be understandable if Bengals fans were nervous as the Week 1 matchup with the Vikings draws closer.

Around the league

Rams trade for Patriots running back Sony Michel
Rapoport added that the two late-round picks are conditional. The selections potentially become a fourth-rounder if the Rams get a fourth-round compensation pick (expected to come from losing John Johnson this year) -- the Rams don't yet have a fourth-rounder in 2022 before the comp pick process. Barring something odd taking place, we can colloquially consider the trade: Sony Michel for a fourth-rounder

NFL roundup: Latest league news from Wednesday, Aug. 25
The 31-year-old was expected to be ready by training camp, so starting on the PUP list was a bit of a concern for a player expected to have a significant role in the offense. Getting Rudolph back at practice now, however, gives him just under three weeks to ramp up before the regular season kicks off.

Packers CB Kevin King not running from past 'failures': 'It's a learning experience'
Those struggles included getting beaten by Mike Evans for a TD, infamously being burned deep by Scott Miller on a 39-yard TD late in the first half that turned the tide of the game, and getting called for a pass interference penalty that essentially ended the game.

2021 NFL season preview: Ranking all eight divisions
The best thing about the NFL is its devotion to parity. Since the league expanded to eight divisions in 2002, there have only been two seasons (2014 and '19) in which a team did not go from worst to first. It's those very dynamics that make the sport so attractive to fans who believe that all they need is a few good breaks for their favorite teams to rise to the top. Just ask the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who signed Tom Brady last offseason and won a Super Bowl after 12 years without a postseason appearance.