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Bengals Bytes (2/22): Contemplating the Combine

The NFL is considering making some changes to the NFL Combine. Why pass-rushers are set for some big paydays this off season, and which NFL players do the top draft prospects compare to?

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Colin Kaepernick's reps to meet with 49ers to discuss QB's Future
After the San Francisco 49ers announced the hiring of Chip Kelly as their next head coach, all eyes are locked on quarterback Colin Kaepernick and what his future holds with the franchise that drafted him 36th overall in 2011.

Most fascinating pro comps for prospects in 2016 NFL Draft
In breaking down tape and talking with his pro and college sources, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein has come up with some fascinating pro comparisons for prospects in this year's draft. Here's a look at 14 of the most intriguing comps, with an explanation from Zierlein for each one.

Report: Dion Lewis' recovery has been 'encouraging'
James White couldn't corral several sideline passes from Tom Brady during the AFC Championship game, which could have changed the tenor of the contest, and, perhaps, history. The prevailing thought throughout New England remains that had Dion Lewis not torn his ACL, he catches those passes, sending the Patriots to the Super Bowl.

Barnwell's five moves for all 32 teams
A good offseason, naturally, starts with a good beginning. That's where we come in. Teams like the Broncos and Panthers probably don't need our help, but that's never stopped us before. Click the links below to read five moves each NFL franchise should make to kick off its offseason in the right fashion.

NFL to Evaluate Scouting Combine Tests for Potential Changes
The NFL plans to take a look at the various phases of its annual scouting combine to determine if changes are necessary. National Football Scouting Inc. runs the combine and will form a committee of executives, scouts, coaches and others to help make its assessment, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today.

Pass-Rushers Will Get Paid in 2016 NFL Free Agency
Even with the top players likely to be franchise-tagged, pass-rushers still figure to take the biggest bite out of the NFL's wealth of spending money in free agency.  Many teams around the league are starved for players who can consistently pressure the quarterback, and with the millions of dollars expected to be available once the market opens next month, pass-rushers of all shapes and sizes could cash in with lucrative deals.