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Bengals Bytes (2/12): Fork in the road

The Bengals first roound pick could give a glimpse into what direction the Bengals are going in 2017. Myles Garrett found out quickly the NFL can’t take a joke. One Hall of Fame quarterback refuses to call Tom Brady the greatest of all time.

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Bengals' Draft Position Will Offer Insight On Direction

The Cincinnati Bengals are getting ready for another NFL Draft. This year’s offering is a defense-heavy class. Will the Bengals’ picks tell their direction?

AFC North Bytes

Steelers' Sean Davis Named To NFL.com's 2016 All-Rookie Team

The Steelers selected Davis in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft and the young safety wound up being named the team’s rookie of the year by the local media after starting 9 games. Davis’ play got increasing better as the season wore on and especially after he moved to safety full-time.

Myles Garrett explains video, tells people to 'take a joke'

Myles Garrett had a message Saturday for those who were upset at his video where he playfully asked the Dallas Cowboys to draft him by making a trade with the Cleveland Browns for the first overall pick in the draft. His message: "Take a joke, people."

Ravens depending on Breshad Perriman to become true No. 1 receiver

The team’s need for more production at wide receiver is clear. Steve Smith Sr. is retired and working for NFL Network. Only four Ravens wide receivers are under contract for next season – Perriman, Mike Wallace, Chris Moore, and Michael Campanaro.

Random Bytes

NFL teams better not overlook Donnel Pumphrey due to his size

If you demand a running back be of the bruising, 220-pound variety, perhaps it’s best to turn back now. I mean, thanks for reading and please continue … but this is going to require an open mind. San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey is good. Really good. He is also, as of Senior Bowl weigh-ins, 5′ 8″ and 169 pounds.

Oakland Raiders give Jack Del Rio new four-year deal

Del Rio coached the Raiders to a 12-4 record in his second season with the Silver and Black, ending the franchise's 14-year playoff drought. The nickname "Black Jack Del Rio" circulated in Oakland because of his risk-taking, highlighted by going for the game-winning two-point conversion rather than a game-tying extra point in the 2016 season opener against the Saints.

Joe Montana won't call Tom Brady the greatest ever

Above all else, Super Bowl LI put an end to the age-old debate over the best quarterback on Planet Earth. That title goes to five-time champion Tom Brady of the Patriots, right? Not according to Joe Montana, the Hall of Fame passer and 49ers legend who nimbly danced around the question during a recent interview.

#DeflateGate technically isn’t over, yet

Before the book can be closed once and for all on the football-inflation odyssey known as #DeflateGate, one more thing still has to occur. As noted by Alex Rikleen of the Boston Herald, the process will end after the Patriots forfeit their selection in the fourth round of the 2017 draft.