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Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals DE Carl Lawson has been mostly used in nickel formations during training camp, so what coach Marvin Lewis had to say about him wasn't a surprise. He indicated that Lawson is not going to be an every-down DE. Lewis said: “The biggest thing that was true for Carl at Auburn, and still continues here in the NFL after his first season, is that by limiting his exposure, we're going to get more production. He's not that big of a person and so to go out and bang with the big guys all the time is not going to be beneficial to him, and what he's going to get done at the end of the game when you need him to.”

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

There's a lot to like about this Bengals' offense. Outside of an Andy Dalton pick-six that could be attributed to John Ross slipping on his route, the first-team offense impressed. Joe Mixon broke two tackles and spun around for a touchdown, A.J. Green was his usual impresive self, and young receivers like Ross, Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone showed there are a lot of possibilities for this team to right the ship after being one of the worst offenses in the league last year. Don't count out seventh round pick Auden Tate, who flashed serious potential in the fourth quarter of the game when making a contested touchdown pass.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Not expected to play for the Bengals tonight: Vontaze Burfict, Tony McRae, Sojourn Shelton, Josh Tupou and Andrew Brown

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Inside the film room: What the tape shows Marvin Lewis

The Bengals' head coach takes us through evaluating a training camp practice, where the emphasis is on finding young players with potential.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Marvin Lewis said Vontaze Burfict won't play in Thursday's preseason game. He pointed out that he's played in a regular season game off just a few practices, but doesn't feel it's a necessity that he plays this week. He declined to comment on Tyler Eifert.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict said the difference between this year's defense and last year is how people communicate: "I feel like this year a lot of guys are really getting along," he said. "Everyone is talking. There's not different groups that don't hang out with each other. Everybody is honestly in the same circle and we're closer this year. That will help us in the long run ... It (will) hinder us from doing finger-pointing when somebody messes up. It will be more like, 'Come on let's get it right next time.' Stuff like that."

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals have released their first depth chart ahead of their first preseason game. Of interesting note: A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd are listed as the No. 1 WRs, Sam Hubbard is the No. 2 LDE behind Dunlap. RDE has Michael Johnson, then Jordan Willis, then Carl Lawson. No. 1 RT right now is Bobby Hart followed by Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher is listed as the No. 2 LT. Remember, this is base defense, not nickel, which is why Lawson is listed as third string.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Malone is back at practice today after saying last week he would be back soon. Vontaze Burfict and Tyler Eifert are both doing team drills today.

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Bengals' Burfict OK to practice before ban

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been cleared to practice before he serves a four-game suspension to start the regular season.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict has been cleared to return to practice today according to the team. No word on whether he will participate in preseason games with a four-game suspension set to begin at the start of the regular season.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The main takeaway from today's mock game was sloppiness on offense. Bad snaps, dropped passes, and a lot of work to be done. I think there's a lot of potential there, especially with Joe Mixon and John Ross, but they've got a long way to go. Granted they were only in shorts and shells today, so take it all with a grain of salt.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Get your popcorn ready. Terrell Owens preparing for his Hall of Fame speech at his old college, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Owens opted not to attend the ceremonies in Canton because he believes the voting system is flawed.

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Katherine Terrell, Bengals

NFL Nation Bengals Reporter Katherine Terrell joined Dari Nowkhah and Adam Rittenberg to talk about the Bengals training camp

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals did quite a bit of goal line and two minute work with live tackling and officials on hand. Seemed like Tyler Eifert was a full participant. Joe Mixon looked good in pass participation although he was tackled for a loss on one play by Andrew Billings. John Ross also continues to have a nice camp.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Hall of Fame WR Terrell Owens on skipping this weekend's ceremonies in Canton: ``I understand why I made my decision. I don't expect everyone to agree with me. But again, obviously the criteria and the system put in place for the Hall of Fame in order for guys like myself to be inducted, there are guidelines that the writers, the sportswriters, are supposed to adhere to. It's not, not being inducted the first or second ballot, but it's about the process in which guys are nominated and ultimately inducted. There's a flaw in that system. So this is not only about me, but it's about the guys that went before me, that's going to come after me. And I can make a stand for those guys so they won't have to go through this situation.'' Owens will hold his own ceremony at his former school, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, at 3:17 p.m. Saturday.

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(21)Billy PriceCOhio State
2(22)Jessie Bates IIISWake Forest
3(13)Sam HubbardDEOhio State
3(14)Malik JeffersonOLBTexas
4(12)Mark WaltonRBMiami (FL)
5(14)Davontae HarrisCBIllinois State
5(21)Andrew BrownDEVirginia
5(33)Darius PhillipsCBWestern Michigan
7(31)Logan WoodsideQBToledo
7(34)Rod TaylorOGOle Miss
7(35)Auden TateWRFlorida State