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Bengals Bites (2/21)

News and notes about the Bengals and the rest of the NFL. Including a link to the video of Ray Rice dragging his fiance.

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Andrew Hawkins: Combine showcases “what a player isn’t” | ProFootballTalk
Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins wasn't invited to the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine, but he has made an NFL career for himself nonetheless, and he did it the hard way, working from undrafted free agent from Toledo to reality show contestant on Michael Irvin's "Fourth and Long" to the CFL to finally a shot in the NFL.

Draft class deep, but immaturity could be issue | |
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has seen a lot of drafts in his 30-plus years in the league, so when he says this is the deepest draft he has seen, that carries a lot of weight.

Assessing the Bengals' center options | |

Paul Dehner Jr. spent much of the first day of the Combine assessing the crop of mid-to-late round centers. That could be a positional hot spot for the Bengals.

Combine will put Bengals prospects to the test | |

The NFL world is back in Indianapolis for the annual rite of February known as the scouting combine. During the next six days at Lucas Oil Stadium, 335 invited draft prospects will go through a battery of medical, on-field and mental tests in hopes of either solidifying or improving their draft stock.

Thornton ventures to other side of combine curtain

John Thornton, who went to his first NFL Scouting Combine near the turn of the century as a prospect and went to the most recent ones as a member of the media, comes to another one this week in his third different role.

Cincinnati Bengals' new 'attitude' can start on O-line - ESPN

INDIANAPOLIS -- At the mere mention of a question about run blocking, Dakota Dozier's eyes grew wide, and his speech quickened. I get chill bumps th

Greg Ellis worries about Michael Sam patting someone on the butt | ProFootballTalk

We have a new leader in the contest to see who can say the most ridiculous thing about Michael Sam, the former Missouri defensive end who is poised to become the NFL's first openly gay player.