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Bengals1181
06-09-2014, 07:33 PM
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The Bengals mandatory minicamp is set for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, but it’s no different than the voluntary practices that took place the previous two weeks and close out the spring workouts next week.
A player can get fined for not being here this week, but everyone appeared to be accounted for during the voluntaries. In true Catch-22 fashion, the NFL allows a team two practices a day, but only if one isn’t a practice. That means it has to be a walk-through, which is a staple of all Marvin Lewis practice sessions, anyway.
Plus, the media is allowed to watch all the practices instead of just one a week during the voluntaries.
Joseph Heller may have been the inspiration for some of the offseason rules, but when it comes to this week’s set of workouts, it’s about as straightforward as Hemingway. It’s still way too early for the grace under pressure stuff that starts when the pads come on in training camp, but here are some topics to watch:
Dalton’s timing with his receivers: The word is that offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, along with quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese and wide receivers coach James Urban, have emphatically stressed route precision so that Dalton can anticipate quicker and get the ball out faster because he and his receivers have a more defined notion where they are going to be. The early returns appear to be good.
A.J. Green (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/aj-green/d1e7b054-2722-4a10-9dad-687267489bd5/) responding to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson: Last week, Green, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, returned to practice after an ankle tweak and looked in top form. He said he also noticed that Jackson got on him when he didn’t run toward the end zone after he caught a deep ball over the middle. That’s one example where Green says Jackson reminds him of the hard coaching he got in high school and he likes it.
“One thing I’m working on,’ Green says, “is finishing.”
Bodine working with the first group: With center-guard Mike Pollak (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/mike-pollak/5ccfe04c-75cb-424f-a0e2-13e4c451adb3/) getting a rest because of his knee, the window has opened for fourth-round pick Russell Bodine (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/russell-bodine/dc234ddd-cb75-4c7c-b788-7b0ce466ac02/) to work often with the first group. After two weeks of practice in the system, he may start to get plenty of work with the 1s.
McCarron looking to make debut: Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/aj-mccarron/07bcb29c-9b5e-429d-b249-67c0c2cc63f7/), a fifth-round pick, has been saddled by some arm tightness and has yet to practice. But indications are he’ll be throwing some this week and will be practicing.
Spartans United: First-round pick Darqueze Dennard (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/darqueze-dennard/892e7752-8bcb-4be8-91ec-ae860dbbfceb/) and his Michigan State teammate, safety Isaiah Lewis (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/isaiah-lewis/b210bc8e-9776-4272-9b0b-e82aa825a021/), have looked terrific the first two weeks and get the chance to keep it going. Dennard has looked like a pro playing the slot cornerback with the first group even though he barely played inside at East Lansing. Lewis, nicknamed “Sparty,” by safety coach Mark Carrier, has responded to the former Pro Bowl safety’s advice to study the game from the back end and not just from back to front headed to the line of scrimmage.
Bernard and Hill in the same lineup: The Bengals are toying with running backs Giovani Bernard (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/giovani-bernard/69ef7ebd-86c9-4f7f-831a-dda8c8bf1737/) and Jeremy Hill (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/jeremy-hill/a8435a7b-a76b-42a6-98c6-a2a3fd8e62e0/)being on the field at the same time. It’s an alignment that gives the defense pause because both have good hands out of the backfield.
How close is seventh-rounder James Wright (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/james-wright/b4fb8263-4fd2-4907-980d-667253c2bccb/) to making the roster?: That last receiver spot might come down to Wright, veteran Ryan Whalen (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/ryan-whalen/e84aa0ea-6783-4841-a7a0-9394d3be48cc/) and Cobi Hamilton (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/cobi-hamilton/3cc62aae-44fc-4ba3-b297-07ee403ba34a/), last year’s sixth-round pick. Not a thing is going to be decided now because it’s a special teams decision as much as anything and they’ll need all four preseason games to work it out. But it does give Wright, a special teams standout at LSU, the chance to see if he can compete at receiver and all indications off the first two weeks are that he can.



http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Camp-call/eb91f79a-2fa9-41c8-bbb2-dcd360c2f3dd

JBandJoeyV
06-09-2014, 08:00 PM
Interesting to see the bengals toying around with Hill and Bernard on the field at the same time.

Would be fun to see some shotgun formations with Hill on one side Gio on the other, maybe even two TEs as well. Could get pretty creative with that.

Bengals1181
06-09-2014, 08:09 PM
they're also to get Gio into the slot a lot like Bush and Sproles.

texbengal
06-10-2014, 07:50 AM
Looking forward to getting more detail on now the team is shaping up this week, since all of the practices from Tue-Thu this week are open to the media... Since it's a "minicamp".

mongo
06-10-2014, 08:25 AM
That Michigan kid is getting mentioned quite a bit. It would be huge if we could have an undrafted guy plug into that secondary. Aside from getting younger, finding cheap talent is going to be important to this defense. Corners cost money. Burfict is going to command big money. And we all know Atkins and Dunlap got paid... Balancing the budget with late round and undrafted guys is going to be important.

membengal
06-10-2014, 08:27 AM
Safety is one spot where I could see an UDFA force his way onto the field - Iloka was okay last year, but he does not exactly have that position on lockdown.

Bengals1181
06-10-2014, 08:36 AM
Safety is one spot where I could see an UDFA force his way onto the field - Iloka was okay last year, but he does not exactly have that position on lockdown.

I liked Iloka last year. He didn't make many splash plays, but he didn't make any bonehead ones either.


That said, if you've read articles during OTA's, all of these starters have been put on notice by the coaches. Their starting jobs are up for grabs:

BJGE
Maualuga
Nugent
Peko
Iloka
Center
Left Guard
Charles

Coaches have said all of those positions are up for grabs.

mongo
06-10-2014, 08:38 AM
I'd be pissed if something happened to Peko. My wife would go Postal, too.

Bengals1181
06-10-2014, 08:42 AM
I'd be pissed if something happened to Peko. My wife would go Postal, too.

oh he's not going anywhere, but it sounds like Still and Thompson have a chance to win the "starting" job.

Peko will still be rotated in a lot I'm sure.

membengal
06-10-2014, 08:49 AM
I don't disagre, 1181. Iloka was fine, and I would expect him to get better. But if someone goes supernova in OTAs and camp, that is a position that could be had.

Tigris
06-10-2014, 09:12 AM
I liked Iloka last year. He didn't make many splash plays, but he didn't make any bonehead ones either.


That said, if you've read articles during OTA's, all of these starters have been put on notice by the coaches. Their starting jobs are up for grabs:

BJGE
Maualuga
Nugent
Peko
Iloka
Center
Left Guard
Charles

Coaches have said all of those positions are up for grabs.


I'd be pissed if something happened to Peko. My wife would go Postal, too.



oh he's not going anywhere, but it sounds like Still and Thompson have a chance to win the "starting" job.

Peko will still be rotated in a lot I'm sure.


BJGE already lost his. I love that we have movement down at LG and C. WE haven't been able to really run the ball effectively since '09. There needed to be a change. Peko isn't losing his starting spot IMO. He's not going to come to camp not ready and that's the only way they could buck him fro his spot.

Tigris
06-10-2014, 09:17 AM
I looked up some stats... average YPC

2013 - 3.6
2012 - 4.1
2011 - 3.9
2010 - 3.6
2009 - 4.1

Looks like we had the same average YPC in '12 as '09 but in '09 we had 75 more rushes (about 4-5 more rushes a game). That could be why I felt we had a better rushing year statistically. 3.6 yards a carry... that's abysmal and embarrassing. Anyone know the league average numbers?

Zins30
06-10-2014, 10:38 AM
1181, I wasn't awake Nuge was on shaky ground. Is that simply because we have Quinn Sharp on the roster??

The rest of the list I'm glad are getting some competition. I'd much rather see someone get put on notice rather then the old "veterans first" strategy.

Bengals1181
06-10-2014, 10:44 AM
1181, I wasn't awake Nuge was on shaky ground. Is that simply because we have Quinn Sharp on the roster??

The rest of the list I'm glad are getting some competition. I'd much rather see someone get put on notice rather then the old "veterans first" strategy.

I don't know that its shaky, but it sounds like they're giving Sharp a shot.


Simmons also says the Nugent-Quinn Sharp battle at kicker “will be heated,”

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Simmons-They-know-were-on-the-cusp-of-something-good/ca37c003-77a2-400e-8e82-47a505da9b20

mongo
06-10-2014, 10:47 AM
I looked up some stats... average YPC

2013 - 3.6
2012 - 4.1
2011 - 3.9
2010 - 3.6
2009 - 4.1

Looks like we had the same average YPC in '12 as '09 but in '09 we had 75 more rushes (about 4-5 more rushes a game). That could be why I felt we had a better rushing year statistically. 3.6 yards a carry... that's abysmal and embarrassing. Anyone know the league average numbers?

3.6!? That stinks even worse than my... Well, it really stinks!

Bengals1181
06-10-2014, 10:49 AM
3.6!? That stinks even worse than my... Well, it really stinks!

yea the ypc got worse this year, even with the addition of Gio.

StarvinMarvin
06-10-2014, 11:03 AM
Still challenging for more time is questionable now that we know he's tied up with his daughter's health issue. That said, I hope everything works out well for all parties involved.

Tigris
06-10-2014, 12:52 PM
Still challenging for more time is questionable now that we know he's tied up with his daughter's health issue. That said, I hope everything works out well for all parties involved.

I know and that sucks with football and life. He was my breakout player this year before the news. I don't know how he's going to go about his work with his daughter's issues now. Really sad.