What is the ‘best’ ever Bengals shirt number?

What’s in a number? At the start of every new season, draft picks and free agents are assigned new squad numbers. This really shouldn’t be a big deal, but as history shows celebrated players are often synonymous with their digits. So what have been the most successful jersey numbers in Bengals history?

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Farewell and thank you, Andy Dalton

As Carson Palmer’s protracted and acrimonious uncoupling from the Bengals continued painfully throughout the 2011 offseason, it was clear that the Bengals needed a new quarterback fast. Instead of signing a veteran free agent, the club selected Andy Dalton in the second round of the NFL Draft.

They had already selected wide receiver AJ Green with the fourth overall pick, and for almost a decade the pair became the faces of the franchise and one of the most successful quarterback-wide receiver partnerships in NFL history. Now that on-field partnership has been broken, and it’s time to say goodbye to 14.

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2020 NFL Draft: Grades, thoughts and the big wrap-up

After months of scouting, draft chatter from analysts and endless mock drafts, the Cincinnati Bengals selected their draft class for 2020 over a breathless weekend. And, as is traditional after our team’s draft, we’re going to go through each pick and give you some grades. Do you agree? Let us know and drop us a comment!

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Andrew Dockerill: Mock Draft 4.0 (with a difference)

We are just days away from the NFL Draft which for the first time will be held virtually and hosted from Roger Goodell’s basement. But what if we went even further…? What if we removed all people entirely and let artificial intelligence take over? Well, that’s what we do in this scenario! Spending our day in isolation to create 100 mock draft simulations on TheDraftNetwork.com for the first three rounds. The results are interesting…

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The legend of Jon Kitna

It’s likely that the Cincinnati Bengals will select LSU’s Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. The selection of another quarterback high in the draft will not be a new approach for the Bengals: go back to Greg Cook, Jack Thompson, David Klingler, Akili Smith and Carson Palmer and they were all first-round picks, while Andy Dalton and Boomer Esiason were second-rounders, and the great Ken Anderson was selected in the third round.

But for Jon Kitna, his route to a special place in Bengals fans’ hearts wasn’t quite as straightforward.

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Bengals UK Free Agency Guide: Part II, Offense

During the offseason, I will be dipping my toe into the pool of free agents available to the Bengals. The process of speculation has already started, and with things set to kick off in a matter of days (March 18) it feels like the right time for us – Bengals UK – to jump right in.

From what we’ve heard coming out of the organisation so far, there seems to be optimism that we may be in the market for, perhaps not the best of the best, but maybe the best of the rest. Bearing that in mind, don’t expect to see Dak Prescott or Jadeveon Clowney on any of these lists – realistic prospects only!

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Christopher Hood: how the Bengals and my sporting passions influence my novel writing

Although I largely keep my sporting interests and hobbies separate from my academic ones on Twitter, for example, where I have two separate accounts, I sometimes do bring my hobbies into my writing, both my novels and my academic writing. In this post, I discuss my sporting hobbies.

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