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Bengals News (6/8): Tee Higgins days as No. 85 are numbered

Tee Higgins may not be changing his number this offseason, but it probably coming next season.

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How A Familiar Face Helping Bengals Offensive Line.
"The ultimate teammate. My favorite teammate of all-time," said new center Ted Karras after Tuesday's voluntary practice. "A cultural, spiritual, emotional leader. Fitzy was like the turning point of growth for me … A catalyst about how it was like to be a man in the NFL … Connect with everyone. That's one of my strengths, but he was to the max."

Quick Hits: Dax Hill, Ja'Marr Chase, Vet DB Michael Thomas
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Bengals OTAs: Joe Burrow ran sprints, signed autographs for every kid
Maybe it’s not that unusual for a quarterback to do. But we’re talking about the guy who used his Heisman Trophy ceremony to promote a good cause and a guy who doesn’t go out of his way to take on national endorsements and such that might make sense for a player of his caliber.

Jessie Bates contract update: Bengals head coach Zac Taylor comments
“They want to be perfect,” Taylor said. “These guys have a very high standard for themselves and it's upsetting when something doesn't quite go their way and that's what you want to see as a coach, that frustration and the fuel to get it right on the next rep. That's where we want to be right now, the step we need to be taking is striving for perfection on every play and if it's not that way then it's below standard and that's where we want to be.”

Latest on Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins' Potential Number Change
"I'm going back to five," Higgins said at the time. "It's not that big of a deal, but I just felt like Chad (Johnson) has done so much for this organization and I just got a good feeling that his number is gonna get lifted one day and I just want to make a name for myself. I keep seeing on Twitter 'Ochocinco 2.0.' I don't want to be a 2.0. No disrespect to Chad, he's a great receiver, I just don't want to be a 2.0 for myself. I want to be a Tee Higgins 1.0, number five. Just go out there and make a name for myself for this organization."

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Broncos, Walton-Penner family enter into purchase-sale agreement to acquire team
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Steelers' Diontae Johnson not fretting other WR contracts: 'I try not to look at that or pocket watch'
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