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10 takeaways from the Bengals’ win over the Buccaneers, according to Dehner Jr.

TAMPA, Fla. — Returning on the road and playing real football games was a rewarding experience.
Cincinnati accomplished one of three steps toward being ready for the season opener against Minnesota by defeating the Super Bowl champions 19-14.
Even though the starters didn’t play much and Joe Burrow didn’t play at all in the opener, there was still plenty to watch and learn from.
This was the night for you if you were drafted in 2020 or 2021 and had no NFL experience.
The rookies provided a slew of reasons to cheer.
Here are some of the things I noticed in Tampa that stuck out in the context of the season.1.

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The Jaguars’ NFL preseason opening yielded ten observations, including pace of play, WR plurality, Trevor Lawrence, Tim Tebow, and more.

Urban Meyer, a renowned loser as a college coach, knew he’d have to mentally prepare for more defeats as an NFL coach.
It didn’t make Meyer’s offense’s 85-yard first-half total in Saturday’s 23-13 preseason loss to the Browns any easier to watch.What bothered Meyer the most was the offense’s tempo while Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew — the Jaguars’ co-No. 1 wide receivers — were on the field.
We were in the game, but we all know Lawrence is the real starter.

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Kawakami: Five takeaways from the 49ers’ first practice, including Dee Ford’s presence, quarterback enthusiasm, and more.

It was worth a double take during the team’s first training-camp practice on Wednesday, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one at 49ers headquarters.Wait, was that Dee Ford running around out there?
With his 55 jersey and helmet on, he appears sprightly, animated, and possibly within a few weeks of playing in an NFL game for the first time in almost a year, and certainly the first time he has been near a live practice in much longer?
Well, it was. And nearby, bookend defensive end Nick Bosa, who appeared to be close to game speed, was also limited to individual drills and side work.
That is to say, it’s as explosive as hell.
So there they were: Bosa and Ford, who were both wiped out for almost all of 2020, bringing with them the majority of the 49ers’ fearsome pass rush, back in practice gear and enough to get 49ers people thinking about a return to defensive dominance.Kyle Shanahan, did you steal a few glimpses at Bosa and Ford working with blocking sleds and other specific sessions during other drills?
“A little bit,” Shanahan said after practice on Wednesday.
“I took a couple of looks.” Certainly, Bosa’s recovery from his ACL tear in September has always been more certain than Ford’s back/neck issue.
Bosa was expected to return in Week 1 at the very least.
Last season, Ford’s situation was hazy, with many of us assuming that such a difficult and long-term injury would lead to his eventual release.