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Carlos Dunlap walked into the Cincinnati Bengals locker room and noticed a group of videographers and reporters waiting by his locker in a far corner of the room.
"Y'all looking for me?" he said.
Indeed Cheap Byron Maxwell Jersey , Dunlap was the focus on the first day of mandatory minicamp after skipping most of the voluntary offseason workouts in Cincinnati. The ninth-year defensive end chose to work out on his own while his agent negotiated a new deal with the team, costing him $300,000 in bonuses.
Rather than skip the minicamp as well, he decided to catch up on what he's missed with a new defense being implemented.
Plus, he's encouraged by the progress made on a deal that would keep him in Cincinnati well beyond 2018.
"There are no hard feelings between any of us," Dunlap said Tuesday. "This is the process. Both sides understand it."
Dunlap is a key to the Bengals' hopes of a turnaround this season. They slid to 18th in the league overall and 30th against the run last season while missing out on the playoffs for a second straight year. Coordinator Paul Guenther left to join Jon Gruden with the Raiders, and Teryl Austin was hired as his replacement.
Dunlap has been a game-changer in Cincinnati with his ability to rush the quarterback and bat down passes. He's second on the team's career sacks list with 64陆, and he's been the best lineman in the league at batting down passes over the past few seasons.
Coaches have been trying to get him to be more consistent not only from game-to-game, but within games as well. His number of plays could diminish this season as Cincinnati integrates some of its young pass rushers into the line rotation.
Carl Lawson had 8陆 sacks last season Adidas Jack Eichel Jersey , the most by an NFL rookie and one sack shy of Dunlap's team rookie record from 2010.
"They're very adamant about having a big rotation, and I would too with all this talent on the D-line," Dunlap said.
Dunlap and tackle Geno Atkins have anchored the line since 2010. Atkins leads the NFL in sacks by an interior lineman over the past few years. Dunlap had a career-high 13陆 sacks in 2015, but slipped to 8 the following season and 7陆 last year, third on the team.
By working out on his own the past few months, he missed a chance to learn the system implemented by Austin. He said the biggest change is in terminology.
"They're pretty much similar in scheme 鈥?minor tweaks here or there 鈥?but they're things we already had in our defense," Dunlap said. "So it's not like a full spring cleaning or anything."
Coach Marvin Lewis said Dunlap won't get much time on the field during the three-day minicamp because he's missed so much practice time.
"It's a chance for him to get a preview of what will happen during training camp," Lewis said. "He'll get very limited repetitions (in minicamp) just because these guys have been working here for an amount of weeks and he hasn't been here."
WOODSIDE CHARGED: Rookie quarterback Logan Woodside 鈥?a seventh-round pick from Toledo 鈥?practiced Tuesday after arraignment in northern Kentucky. He was charged over the weekend with speeding and driving under the influence in Bellevue, Kentucky Adidas Jonathan Quick Jersey , according to information in his case file in Campbell County District Court. The Bengals said they're aware of the matter and gathering information. Lewis declined further comment.
EIFERT MISSING: Tight end Tyler Eifert was in the locker room but didn't participate in the afternoon practice. Lewis declined to say why the often-injured tight end wasn't on the field. "He was here all morning and then all of a sudden he wasn't," Lewis said. "I'm sure he's being dealt with in some kind of medical fashion. That's the only reason a guy wouldn't be here."
Eifert was limited to two games last season because of chronic back problems. He signed a one-year deal after the season. Lewis said Eifert has been doing well so far in his latest comeback.
"When we start to play football, then we'll have an idea where he is," Lewis said.
LAS VEGAS — After a wild opening game in the Stanley Cup Final that featured 10 goals and four lead changes, Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was asked after practice on Tuesday if he expected Game 2 on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena to be a more boring game.
“I hope so,” Fleury said with a smile. “(Game 1) was exciting to watch but it wasn’t a goalie’s favorite. We’ll see. You never know. It’s a long series.”
The Golden Knights held on for a 6-4 victory on Monday night. Fleury, who had allowed just three goals in a four-game quarterfinal sweep of the Los Angeles Kings, surpassed that total in just one game against the Eastern Conference champion Washington Capitals, and it could have been a whole lot worse.
Washington defenseman John Carlson clanged two shots off the goal post and center Lars Eller had a chance to tie it with 40 seconds to go but whiffed on a close-in shot at a wide-open right side of the net off a pass from Tom Wilson Cassius Marsh Jersey Elite , in part because Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb got just enough of Eller’s stick to distract him. Tomas Nosek then added an empty-net goal to seal it with 2.7 seconds left.
“When you slow it down and watch it, you go, ‘Just tap it in,’ ” Washington coach Barry Trotz said of Eller’s late miss. “But when you’re going 100 miles per hour and everybody is screaming — you might be exhausted at that point — and right at the end there was a two-hand chop on his stick. We tie it up there, who knows?”
What made the high-scoring contest even more unexpected is that Fleury had four shutouts and a .947 save percentage in his first 15 games in the playoffs while Washington goalie Brayden Holtby came in off back-to-back shutouts against Tampa Bay and had a scoreless streak of 166 minutes and 42 seconds ended by a first period blast from the point by Vegas defenseman Colin Miller on the power play.
“That’s just the way the game goes some nights,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “(Fleury) has been our best player all playoffs long. There’s no issue with Flower.
“Four goals sounds like a lot but again I thought he played okay last night. He’s the first guy to say last night that I’m going to be better. He’s been outstanding. We’re here because of him. We know that. … He’s the backbone of our hockey team.”
Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland, who had two assists in the opener, said he expects a lower scoring game on Wednesday.
“I think it’s going to tighten up a little bit,” Engelland said. “Listening to everything (that was said after the game) DJ Moore Jersey Elite , they want to clean up some areas as do we. Not having those little breakdowns is huge. It seemed like every little breakdown was ending up in your net or in their net. Both teams are going to look to clean that up and come out ready to go.”
Washington is no stranger to falling behind in a series en route to the Final. The Capitals fell behind 0-2 to Columbus in the quarterfinals before winning in double overtime come back to win that series in six games. They also lost their opener at home to two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh before rallying to win the series, 4-2. And they trailed Tampa Bay, 3-2, in the Eastern Conference finals before outscoring the Lightning 7-0 in the final two contests, including a 4-0 victory in Game 7 in Tampa.
Still, many view Wednesday night’s game as a must-win for Washington. Teams that take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final are 46-5 (90.2 percent) when it comes to going on to eventually hoisting the Cup. But the odds are only 55.6 percent (15-12) for a team that loses Game 2 after winning Game 1.
“If we make the adjustments that we need and everybody gets back to our foundation, I think we’ll be back in the series real quickly,” Trotz said.