'Knocks' knocks twice for Cincinnati

Mailbag: This time, Bengals are on HBO show because of their talent

Originally Published: June 16, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The most interesting NFL news of the weekend was the Cincinnati Bengals' decision to return to HBO's "Hard Knocks."

Good for them. The last time the organization consented to "Hard Knocks" was in 2009, and the Bengals won the AFC North. What made it an interesting franchise that year were its potential problems.

Cincinnati had plenty of characters. Chad Johnson was Chad Ochocinco and in his prime as a receiver and a talker. Carson Palmer was the quarterback. Cedric Benson ...

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