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Bengals News (8/3): Defense dominates

No one would have thought the defense would’ve dominated training camp earlier in the offseason, but they are really testing the offense early.

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Camp Notebook: Bengals Defense Rules Again; Hilton Tops The Charts; Vonn Bell Keeps Ringing Up Plays
"They should be fired up about that. You saw what happened. The defense had the momentum and energy and kept it all practice," Taylor said. "I want them to be fired up when they go to bed tonight and be ready tomorrow when we put the pads on."

Cam Sample Cleared
Bengals DE Cam Sample passed a physical today and has been cleared to practice. Sample had been placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list on July 25.

Bengals: Trash-talking defense is dominating training camp so far
If there has been one constant from Cincinnati Bengals training camp so far, it’s a dominant defense shutting things down — and letting the Joe Burrow-led offense know about it.

A.J. Green is Off to an Impressive Start for the Arizona Cardinals
With DeAndre Hopkins commanding the attention of opposing defenses, Green has a chance to bounce back after posting the worst numbers of his career last season.

'I expect all these guys to be frustrated': The good, bad and why behind Bengals’ early offensive struggles
As he scanned the defense, he went through his progression to see no lanes, no opening, nobody breaking free. In an environment where he can’t actually be sacked, this skill group that everyone spent all offseason raving about should thrive. Instead, Burrow scrambled to his right and, as nothing broke open even when he bought more and more time, floated toward the sideline and gave a frustrated underhand flip of the ball out of bounds.

Cincinnati Bengals training camp early winners and losers
While the pads have yet to enter the equation, we’ve seen players step up, flash some unexpected upside and make it clear that positional battles won’t be as cut-and-dry as initially thought.

Cincinnati Bengals: Comparing Jackson Carman's progress
Looking at all the offensive linemen drafted from 38 to 105, you may find that there are reasons some fans were not happy with what the Bengals did. You will also find reasons to be patient and why the Bengals track with the majority of the NFL in this regard.

Cincinnati Bengals Notes: Joe Burrow and the Offense Continue to Struggle, Defense Embracing New Identity
Jessie Bates stripped rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase. The fifth overall pick stopped and turned to make a catch while running a cross route and the Bengals' star safety was waiting.

Around the league

Raiders GM Mike Mayock says he tested positive for COVID-19
Last year, the Raiders dealt with multiple issues involving COVID-19 protocols, but this offseason head coach Jon Gruden has voiced his appreciation for how his team has handled getting vaccinated.

Nick Foles would welcome Frank Reich reunion with Wentz injured, but 'I'm a Chicago Bear right now'
Just two days after Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy spoke about the inherent trade value in having a third-string quarterback with a Super Bowl ring like Foles, there's already a team with a sudden need for help at the position: the Indianapolis Colts, who've lost Wentz to a foot injury.

Packers' AJ Dillon, Ravens' J.K. Dobbins among running backs poised for Year 2 breakout in 2021
The Los Angeles Rams running back tore his Achilles and will miss the entire 2021 season after establishing himself as the lead back in Sean McVay's offense last year. He averaged 92.1 rush yards and 113.1 scrimmage yards per game from Week 12 through the Divisional Round, setting himself up nicely for a big second season in 2021.