Cincinnati Bengals News, March 27: Andrew Whitworth Praises Cincinnati’s New Offensive Tackle Duo, Ryan Fitzpatrick Recalls Unbelievable Story, and More

Here's the latest news involving the Cincinnati Bengals, including Zac Taylor's update on Joe Burrow's wrist injury, the new kickoff rule, and more.

Cincinnati Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons discussed the NFL‘s new kickoff rule at the NFL Annual League Meetings on Tuesday. Simmons explained the reasoning behind the rule change and what can be expected on kickoffs heading into next season.

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Former Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth discussed Cincinnati’s new starting duo in the trenches and spoke highly of Cincinnati’s projected starting offensive tackles in 2024.

All of that and more in today’s Bengals news!

Bengals’ Darrin Simmons Weighs In on Kickoff Rule

Simmons spoke at length on Tuesday about the NFL’s new kickoff rule. He discussed the reasoning behind the move, which was led by the essential disappearance of the kickoff returns as a whole.

Return rates were absurdly low, which wiped out an entire phase of special teams. The new rule should incentivize kickoff returns and increase the rate drastically in 2024.

READ MORE: Darrin Simmons Comments on New Kickoff Rule

Bengals’ 2024 NFL Draft Outlook After Free Agency

Although the Bengals made plenty of moves in free agency, there will still be opportunities for them to add some notable talent in the 2024 NFL Draft. Pro Football Network’s Jay Morrison and Dallas Robinson outlined Cincinnati’s potential plan in next month’s draft on the latest episode of The PFN Bengals Podcast.

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Josiah Caswell’s 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Cincinnati Fortifies Offensive Line

Despite the presence of Orlando Brown Jr. and Trent Brown at offensive tackle, Cincinnati needs to think about their options beyond next season.

PFN’s Josiah Caswell released his latest mock draft and has the Bengals selecting their potential OT of the future with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

CONTINUE READING: Pro Football Network’s Latest Mock Draft

Andrew Whitworth Loves Bengals’ New Tackle Combo

Speaking of offensive tackle, Whitworth discussed Cincinnati’s new-look situation at the position heading into next season. Whitworth praised the Brown duo at left and right tackle in 2024. Following the departure of Jonah Williams in free agency, it was important for the Bengals to find an experienced replacement at RT.

KEEP READING: Bengals Options for Week 3 of Free Agency

Bengals’ Zac Taylor Talks Process, Not End Game With Joe Burrow Recovery

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor recently met with reporters and discussed several topics. Most notable was Taylor’s comments on star quarterback Joe Burrow’s return from wrist surgery. Taylor claimed that everything is going exactly how the franchise hoped it would, and he expects Burrow to be throwing by the start of OTAs in May.

READ MORE: Zac Taylor Provides Update on Joe Burrow

Ryan Fitzpatrick Explains How Ted Karras Saved Mike Gesicki’s Life

Retired quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick recalled an unbelievable story regarding two current Bengals players. While playing for the Miami Dolphins, Fitzpatrick was teammates with current Bengals center Ted Karras and tight end Mike Gesicki. Fitzpatrick told the story of how Karras essentially saved Gesicki’s life during a team dinner.

CONTINUE READING: Zac Taylor Expects Tee Higgins To Play in 2024

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