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Bengals News (8/4): Getting a leg up

The Bengals’ kicking competition is getting interesting with the preseason quickly approaching.

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Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Camp Notebook: Bengals O-Line Huddles With History; Hilton Leads Another Defensive Charge; Vonn Bell: 'No More Finger-Pointing'
Anthony Munoz stepped out of the Bengals Ring of Honor after Tuesday's practice at training camp and the Greatest Left Tackle Who Ever Lived huddled with the offensive line at the invitation of line coach Frank Pollack.

Quick Hits: Bengals kicking competition heats up, Jackson Carman adjusting to life as an NFL guard
Darrin Simmons, the Bengals long-time special teams coordinator, sounded like Evan McPherson was going to be his Opening Day kicker when the Bengals selected him in the fifth-round this spring. Now that a kicking competition has ensued, Simmons is going to let the duel between McPherson and Austin Seibert play out during the preseason.

Bengals defenders say lack of pointing fingers is helping entire unit
And linebacker Germaine Pratt told ESPN’s Ben Baby that all involved are communicating better this year, not taking things personally and using criticism to improve: “People would point fingers if somebody messed up and wouldn’t uplift you.”

Bengals training camp: Observations from first day in pads as the offense gets uglier
It wasn’t just that the defense won another day, this was arguably even more dominant than it was Monday, which was one the most lopsided practices we’ve seen in a long time.

Joe Burrow stayed after practice with Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins
The franchise passer has hinted he’d like to get some preseason reps in this summer so he can feel the pass-rush again in a live-game setting. That’s wild enough considering at one point it wasn’t even a guarantee he’d be on the field for Week 1.

Vonn Bell Praises Ja'Marr Chase, Likes 'Swagger' the Cincinnati Bengals' Defense is Showing in Camp
Guys like Jessie Bates, Mike Hilton, Chidobe Awuzie, Germaine Pratt and Vonn Bell have all made big plays against a struggling Cincinnati offense. Those highlights have led to plenty of trash talk over the past few days.

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 players who stood out after 1st padded practice
Another day of training camp is in the rearview mirror for the Cincinnati Bengals and Tuesday’s practice was the first padded practice of training camp. This only upped the ante in practice and we saw how the addition of pads intensified things amongst the players.

Around the league

Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb, Broncos' Jerry Jeudy among wide receivers set for Year 2 breakout in 2021
The No. 22 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft led the Minnesota Vikings in targets (125), receptions (88) and receiving yards (1,400), making an impressive push for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. But while Jefferson was one of the big stories from this deep and talented wide receiver class, there are plenty of others who are still looking to take the league by storm.

Philip Rivers on NFL comeback: 'I have not completely ruled that out'
"I'm just going to stay ready," Rivers, 39, told Farmer on Tuesday. "I want to make sure I'm very clear: I'm not predicting I will play in December or January, for that matter. One, you've got to have somebody who wants you, and two, it's got to be right.

Panthers waive safety J.T. Ibe after 'unacceptable' practice hit on WR Keith Kirkwood
After a frightening moment in the Carolina Panthers' practice Tuesday when wide receiver Keith Kirkwood took a helmet-to-helmet hit from safety J.T. Ibe, coach Matt Rhule described Ibe's blow as "unacceptable."