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Bengals News (7/10): LSU workout reunion

The trio that helped lead LSU to an undefeated season in 2019 is working out before the season.

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - LSU v Oklahoma Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Cincinnati Bengals Stars Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase Working Out Together
"I've got a couple trips I have to take, but make sure to bring my guy with me so we can get our workouts in. I can't be missing any workouts this close to camp, so it's time to lock in," Burrow said last month. "We are locked in now. It's go time. We are a month and a couple weeks out from camp so I'm locked in. I think about football every day. This month leading up to camp, it's more intense out there at practice, it will get a little more intense in the meeting rooms and my workouts and all of the above. It's go time."

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While Bell was notable as an arrival via free agency in 2020 for his on-field play (73 solo tackles and one interception next to Jessie Bates last year) and locker room presence, some of the hype extended to his off-field work, too.

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Each player also knows what it takes to block for a talented quarterback. Ted Karras won two Super Bowls while helping protect Tom Brady in New England. Alex Cappa won a ring with Brady during the Buccaneers' 2020 championship season. La'el Collins blocked for both Tony Romo and Dak Prescott during his run with the Cowboys. Each player should help provide even better protection for Burrow, which should lead to more success for the Bengals.

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This was looked at as a controversial move, as Carl Lawson had led the team in sacks and the team opted to let him walk in free agency and replace him with Hendrickson. Up until the 2020 season, Hendrickson had been quiet for the Saints so he was looked at as a one-year wonder when he had signed with Cincinnati.

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott improved physique ahead of training camp: 'I'm in the best shape that I've ever been'
"I'm super excited. Having the football camp with these kids and them asking me about teammates and this season, it just makes you that much more excited," Prescott said, via the team's website. "A couple of weeks out and I'm in the best shape that I've ever been in. So, it's time to ramp it up and get going."

Bears rookie WR Velus Jones on age concerns: 'Not going to stop me from running past people'
"People talk about it, but it don't matter," Jones told NFL Network's Adam Rank recently on The Sick Podcast when asked if he was surprised people seem to be so hung up about his age. "I'm a baller at the end of the day. I know what I can do. Me being 25 years [old] is not going to stop me from running past people to score touchdowns and stuff like that. I'm going to be fast for a long time, strong for a long time and making plays for a long time. So, it's really irrelevant."

Robbie Anderson: Baker Mayfield comment was made 'in defense of' Sam Darnold
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