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Bengals Bytes (5/10): Compensatory haul

After this free agency period the Bengals should see a nice haul of compensatory picks next season. Will the Browns go heavy with rookies in 2017 as well? The Bills hired a new general manager, Brandon Beane.

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Mike Vick: Bengals' Joe Mixon can be 'example' for young kids
Michael Vick spoke about what Joe Mixon can learn from after an ugly incident three years ago. Mixon was given a second chance after he was arrested three years ago for punching a woman, breaking four bones in her face.

Cincinnati Bengals expected to receive more comp picks in 2018
After equalling their biggest haul since 1992 with 11 draft picks this year, the Cincinnati Bengals could match that total with four more compensatory picks in 2018.

Bengals' Andy Dalton, Marvin Lewis need stellar turnaround
Last season was one to forget. The Bengals raised hopes and promptly smashed them individually. The mantra was a simple one. Get faster and get younger. Well, the football gods pulled some strings and Cincy got what they wanted. Now, with speed a factor in the minds of fans, Andy Dalton has to step up. If his game is going to improve, this has to be the year. Along with Dalton, Coach Marvin Lewis also needs to have a great campaign.

Bengals CB Pacman Jones flips after car crash -- GRAPHIC LANGUAGE
Clearly, his anger management classes are paying off.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones had some choice words for someone who hit his Rolls Royce near Amelio, Ohio early Tuesday.

Predicting the best 2017 rookie on all 32 NFL teams
The Bengals took a lot of criticism for the selection of Mixon, whose draft status plummeted due to character concerns. However, Mixon will likely get a heavy dose of playing time right away. And he can be used in a variety of ways, whether it's as a traditional running back or as a pass-catcher. He could also be the Bengals' kick returner.

Green eyes speedy recovery
The buzz has been about A.J. Green’s new running mate and, make no mistake; Green is quite appreciative of the senior playmaker from the great state of Washington in John Ross.

He’s already lining up Ross in the primaries with the guy opposite him, Brandon LaFell, as well as slot man Tyler Boyd and tight end Tyler Eifert in a ticket that has breath-taking balance on paper.

Burleson: Ross will make an impact Week 1
The "Good Morning Football" crew explains why Bengals wide receiver John Ross is a match for the team's offense.

AFC North Bytes

Artie Burns Finishes Toward Bottom Of Rookie CBs In Receptions Allowed Per Coverage Snap
It is a funny quirk of the human mind that perception doesn’t always match up to reality. One theme that I have steadily heard for about the past six months or so, at least from one vocal segment of the fan base, is that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Artie Burns was a player that teams didn’t want to throw against.

Will the Browns go heavy on rookies a second year in a row?
Last year the Browns drafted 14 players and kept 13 on their regular roster coming out of training camp.

This year they drafted 10 players, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if that high “hit” ratio strikes again.

Free agency might not be Ravens' only way to add a wide receiver
The Ravens have done it before. In March 2010, they traded two draft picks to the Arizona Cardinals for wide receiver Anquan Boldin. In August 2011, they sent one draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for wide receiver Lee Evans.

Random bytes

The secret to picking a great offensive lineman in the NFL draft
The college game has changed how offensive lineman get ready for the NFL, and how they are evaluated for the NFL. The college game used to be a glorified minor league for the NFL. The same basic offensive principles were taught and executed at both levels. You could see a guard block a three-technique on a zone play, or a left tackle pass protect from a three-point stance, exactly how he would on Sundays.

Texans, Cowboys among most vulnerable division winners
Turnover is a fact of life in the NFL, where champs can become chumps before the leaves change.

Winning your division is great, but it isn't long before you're fending off three other well-stocked, hungry teams trying to knock you from your perch. Inevitably, someone eventually gets the better of you.

Brandon Beane Named Buffalo Bills GM After 19 Years in Panthers Organization
The Buffalo Bills have found their new general manager.

The team announced Tuesday the hiring of Brandon Beane to the position. Buffalo fired previous GM Doug Whaley following the 2017 NFL draft.

Beane was previously the assistant general manager for the Carolina Panthers.

Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: It's Never Too Early to Plan for Post-NFL Life
There was a moment in December when everything changed for Justin Forsett. It happened quickly.

Forsett had just been released by the Detroit Lions. Soon, the Broncos were on the phone, and just two days later, he'd join the team. It was Forsett's fifth franchise in four years and his third in the 2016 season alone.