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Bengals Bytes (1/19): Answering the call

Andrew Whitworth gets the Pro Bowl call after a Raiders player backs out. Antonio Brown talks up one of the Patriots’ top corners. Take a deeper look into “the Patriot way” with first hand accounts from players.

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Lemar Parrish:Cincinnati Bengals 6 Time all pro Cornerback! - The Grueling Truth

Mike Goodpaster welcomes Bengals legend Lemar Parrish to The Grueling Truth podcast. Parrish was a 6 time Pro Bowler and one of the top return men in NFL history.

Whit, Dunlap heed Pro Bowl call

Carlos Dunlap got the call on Tuesday and Andrew Whitworth got the call on Wednesday to come off the bench for the AFC in the Pro Bowl, but it puts them both on the front line of Bengals history. Dunlap, the left end off an eight-sack season, became just the fifth Bengals defensive linemen to go to back-to-back Pro Bowls. Whitworth, the anchor left tackle of six post-season runs, became only the fourth offensive linemen to turn the double to join franchise powerhouses Anthony Munoz, Max Montoya, and Willie Anderson.

AFC North Bytes

Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin wins AFC North coach of year honors

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was the unanimous choice as coach of the year for the AFC North as voted on by the four reporters covering the division for

Antonio Brown: Malcolm Butler “puts hands on you like no other”

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown will have his hands full with Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. And Brown thinks Butler may have his hands full of Brown’s jersey.

Browns position analysis: O-line battled through injuries, instability

The Browns were forced to shake up their offensive line for the second time in as many weeks when they faced the Redskins in early October, but this combination proved to be one of the most effective. With Thomas and Pasztor locked in at the tackles, Cleveland used Bitonio at left guard, Reiter at center and Greco at right guard. The team had major success on the ground, rushing for 163 yards, and allowed just one sack. But even one of this group’s best days, though, ended on a sour note as Reiter went down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter and was later ruled out for the season.

Morgan Cox Named As Pro Bowl Long Snapper

Long snapper Morgan Cox has been named to the AFC’s roster, the NFL announced Wednesday. This will be the second straight season that Cox has played in the Pro Bowl. “Playing in the Pro Bowl for a second time is a huge honor for me,” Cox said. “All the hard work that we put into this game is validated when you receive such an honor. I'm proud to represent a great organization like the Ravens, who are among the NFL's best.

Random Bytes

Jon Ledyard's Early 2017 EDGE Rankings: Part 1

Jon Ledyard presents his 2017 EDGE rankings prior to his trip to Mobile for the Senior Bowl. Here, you can see who his top 10 players are at the moment.

Predicting the biggest offseason change for all 32 teams

Will Tony Romo and Tyrod Taylor still be in Dallas and Buffalo, respectively, when the next season kicks off? NFL Nation reporters predict the biggest offseason changes across the league.

Secrets of the Patriot Way

The first rule of Bill Belichick's club is: You only talk about winning. The second rule is: You ONLY talk about winning. Third rule: If Gronk taps out, Mahty's got his back. Fourth rule: Coach is scary, but don't play scared. Or else

Chargers celebrate arrival in LA, but gear up for work ahead

For a man who gets cheered at work all the time, Philip Rivers seemed genuinely surprised by the frenzied roars when he stepped onto the Forum floor. Melvin Gordon and Joey Bosa shared their quarterback's shock and gratitude when hundreds of screaming fans welcomed the Los Angeles Chargers to their new home on Wednesday.

Ideas for the QB-needy: Trubisky to Browns? Romo to Texans?

It seems like everyone in the NFL needs a quarterback, but the need is felt more acutely by some teams than others. Though Championship Sunday obviously takes center stage this week, the 2017 NFL Draft is visible on the horizon, so I thought I'd examine eight uncertain quarterback situations and provide my perspective on what each team should do. Below is my take on each team, arranged from the most quarterback-needy to the least.