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Former Bills DL Fred Smerlas shared memories of the late Chuck Knox.

CB Cornell Armstrong heard from Patrick Surtain after being drafted by the Dolphins.

Willie McGinest sees potential in Patriots DL Deatrich Wise.

The Jets hope their new USC quarterback is better than their last one.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson gave the Ray Lewis dance a try.

Which Bengals players will take their games up a level this year?

Reasons the timing is right for the Browns to be on Hard Knocks.

The Steelers will announce their second Hall of Honor class.

Texans RB Lamar Miller shared his thoughts on the Santa Fe High School shooting.

Colts defensive backs coach Alan Williams shared his thoughts on the team’s safeties.

Jaguars rookie Logan Cooke comes from a punting family.

What are Titans coach Mike Vrabel‘s expectations for OTAs?

Said Broncos coach Vance Joseph of QB Case Keenum , “It鈥檚 definitely a good thing to watch him lead the guys and watch the guys respond to him. It鈥檚 refreshing for all of us to be in the presence of a veteran quarterback who has command.”

A pre-OTA preview of the Chiefs offensive line.

How much longer will Chargers QB Philip Rivers play?

Raiders rookie T Kolton Miller considers himself a student of the game.

LaDainian Tomlinson has some advice for Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott.

Giants LB Alec Ogletree has his eye on a record.

Former college QB Greg Ward is still learning how to play receiver with the Eagles.

How good can Washington’s record be this season?

Where does Bears G.M. Ryan Pace rank among his peers?

Said Lions LB Jarrad Davis, “I鈥檓 itching to hit somebody again, but we鈥檙e not going to get that opportunity. We鈥檙e not going to have that opportunity. I鈥檓 going to have to wait a little longer.”

A look at what the Packers want from their cornerbacks.

The Vikings will be asking a lot of their cap guy in the near future.

Falcons LB Foyesade Oluokon hopes to show that Ivy League players have a place in the NFL.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess was part of the festivities at a NASCAR race.

Saints RB Boston Scott is used to being overlooked.

The Buccaneers want a tougher approach on the offensive line.

A look at the competitors for the No. 2 receiver job with the Cardinals.

WR Steven Mitchell grew up in Los Angeles and is now trying to make the Rams.

49ers DE Kentavius Street hopes to be remembered for more than a viral video.

What position group will see the most churning as the Seahawks set their roster?

Marvin Lewis showed up for his first news conference as the Bengals head coach in 2003 wearing his Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl ring.

Every time he waved his right hand, the 200 diamonds gleamed yellow and white in the bright television lights.

It was more than an eye-catching fashion statement. Lewis was setting the bar high for himself and his team.

”It’s for a reason,” Lewis said. ”What I’m going to hammer home to our guys is that we’re not that far away.”

Fifteen years later, postseason success is even farther away for the Bengals, who haven’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season.

Yet Lewis is still in Cincinnati, getting another chance – his 16th and counting – to deliver on the optimism he flashed that January day so long ago. He has the second-longest current tenure in the NFL Will Hernandez Color Rush Jersey , trailing only New England’s Bill Belichick, who has won five Super Bowls.

It’s highly unusual for a coach to stay with any team so long, something that Lewis fully appreciates.

”I think a lot of people talk about it quite a bit,” Lewis said. ”I know coaches do. I think everybody aspires to do that.”

In the quick-to-change NFL, it’s shocking for a coach to stay with a team so long with so little success. The Bengals have reached the playoffs seven times in Lewis’ 15 seasons, losing every time. They made the playoffs five straight seasons from 2011-15 and lost in the first round each time, setting an NFL record with their five straight quick exits.

Lewis’ 0-7 coaching mark in the playoffs is the worst for any coach in NFL history. Yet, he got a two-year contract extension at the end of last season from owner Mike Brown Aaron Lynch Jersey , who is averse to change and thinks Lewis has done a good job despite the results. The Bengals are coming off back-to-back losing seasons.

”We remember the five previous seasons we got to the playoffs,” Brown said. ”I don’t think there’s convincing evidence we can’t get the job done around here. I think it’s to the contrary. And we’ll see how it turns out.

”I put my bet down and I’m going to ride on it, and people can judge when it’s run its course.”

As another losing season wound down last year, Lewis was uncertain about whether he’d return. The Bengals beat the Lions and the Ravens to finish the season at 7-9, and Brown was convinced to stick with him for two more years.

”They were high-level teams giving it their best effort, and we beat both of them,” said Brown of two teams that finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. The Lions fired Jim Caldwell after the season.

The Bengals finished last in the league on offense – a franchise first – and the defense slipped to 30th in the league against the run, its worst ranking since 1998. Brown thinks the team came close to having a successful season Authentic Da'Ron Payne Jersey , and he held his index finger and thumb a half-inch apart to make his point.

”Sometimes we fell short by about that far,” he said. ”Nobody wants to remember that, either. We know that we have to do better – believe, me, we know it. But I think we’re in the situation where we can rebound best, rebound quickest with Marvin.”

EIFERT OUT: Tight end Tyler Eifert was among a group of players who worked out on a side field Thursday while the rest of the team practiced. Eifert was limited to two games last season because of a recurring back problem that required surgery. He signed a one-year contract for 2018 and missed minicamp. Eifert declined to comment as he left the field. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict also worked out on the side field. He’ll miss the first four games of the season on a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.

NOT YET READY: Receiver Devonte Boyd, cornerback Davontae Harris, H-back Ryan Hewitt , guard Christian Westerman and safety Tyrice Beverette also are being held out of practice as they recover from injuries. In addition, the Bengals put offensive tackle Javarius Leamon on the list of players who didn’t report for camp, and they signed receiver Jared Murphy.

FIRST INJURY: Guard Rod Taylor injured his right knee during practice and was taken off the field on a cart. Taylor is a seventh-round pick from Mississippi.

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