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    Rookie Minicamp

    starts today and runs through Sunday.

    News and interview clips should be popping up throughout the day.

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    Bengals open 3-day rookie camp

    By Jay Morrison - Staff Writer


    HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Houston Texans free safety Andre Hal (29) tackles Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Alex Erickson (12) during the NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans on December 24, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Posted: 5:43 p.m. Thursday, May 04, 2017

    With voluntary offseason workouts in full swing for the Cincinnati Bengals, most of the players will be at the facility Friday as the youngster additions to the squad filter in for the start of rookie camp, which runs through Sunday.

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    And given the buzz around first-round pick John Ross and second rounder Joe Mixon, some of the veterans might make their way out to the field to get a glimpse of two of the more explosive offensive weapons the team has drafted of late.But linebacker Vinny Rey won’t be one of them.

    “I went to one rookie camp, and that was the hardest thing I ever did,” he said. “I’ll never go back. I don’t want to see those guys doing that.”

    The workload has diminished considerably since Rey entered the league in 2010. Rey had five practices in three days, giving him plenty of chances to get noticed as an undrafted free agent.

    The Bengals will hold three practices this weekend, one each day. In addition to the 12 players drafted last weekend, there also will be a dozen or so undrafted free agents and a handful of other players participating on a tryout basis.

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    The team is expected to announce its official list of UFAs Friday morning, and there’s a chance one – or more – of them will be beginning their journey to a spot on the 53-man roster the way wide receiver Alex Erickson did last year.

    “There were a lot of unknowns last year at this time, just wondering where you’re going,” Erickson said. “But even once you get there, you’re unpacking your bags not really knowing what you’re getting into. Looking back on it, I’m glad I don’t have to do it again.”

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    Erickson and Rey are two of six Bengals who finished the 2016 on the active 53-man roster.

    “When I came in for rookie camp, I felt comfortable right away,” Erickson said. “I felt like I knew what I could do, and I had confidence in my abilities as a player. It was just a matter of learning the system and going from there.”

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    Even though Rey won’t be watching the rookies this weekend, he said he’ll make himself available to talk to them any time after rookie camp ends, especially the undrafted guys who are trying to follow his lead.

    “I try to tell all the undrafted guys to look at the veterans at your position,” he said. “See what he’s doing and try to do exactly what they’re doing every single time. I realized in the NFL so many players are just workers.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
    starts today and runs through Sunday.

    News and interview clips should be popping up throughout the day.
    Thanks. Man, I've been wondering when this thing was going to get underway. I feel like I fell off a cliff post draft.

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    Yeah, the worst part of the draft is from the Monday after until rookie camp. By the end of Sunday I am about analyzed out as it pertains to the "talking heads". You can only listen to people complain about Joe Mixon so much.

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    Joe Mixon's first bold statement on #Bengals offense: "Once we get all acclimated as one, good luck to the other teams." @FOX19

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    Mixon said he went out to eat with Gio Bernard & had a great conversation with him. Says he's aiming to have fun at rookie minicamp #Bengals

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    for those who missed it the first time in the scouting thread, Dustin Stanton blogged about his pre draft visit with the Bengals on April 11th.

    April 11, 2017

    My workout with the Bengals went really well. We started off with film, which was awesome. We talked more about the Bengals' stuff, kind of learned some of their schemes and their terminology for things. The workout was kind of status quo with all blocking schemes and pulling. I did a lot of snapping and long snapping for them, too. Coach (Robert) Couch was excited to see that I can play center and long snap as well, so it was good to show him that. He was happy with what he saw. Then we went out to lunch at Flat Tail. We were there like 20 minutes early, so we pulled out the laptop and watched the Stanford game. It was cool watching film in Flat Tail. This was his last visit, his last workout with any prospect. So he's heading back to Cincinnati and is gonna change some things around on his board and add me to his list of workouts. He's got me graded out (as a fourth-round pick) right now. The way he left it, he said he hopes they draft me. That sounds good coming from him. It's a number. It's something. You can't hang your hat on a number, but it's promising.

    In these meetings, it's more about just learning that team's terminology for different schemes, because everyone pretty much the same stuff. What they're looking for is how fast and how accurately you can recall information. They try to set it up like a film meeting like we have every day (in college). They teach you how they label defensive fronts. They'll walk you through two or three of their run plays and a couple of their pass protections, and then they'll ask you pretty much what they just went over. (They'll say), "OK, draw up this run against this defense. What are you looking for? What are you doing here?" Obviously, there's a little bit more pressure in these meetings than a normal meeting on a team that you've been on for a few years, but you gotta be ready. You've got to be 100 percent focused and absorbing everything that they're saying. (Couch) knew right away. He told me, "Well, you know how to learn football." I drew up everything exactly the way he wanted me to and it was all right.

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    AFC NORTHERNERS‏ @afcnortherners 2h2 hours agoMore

    #Bengals : RT nflnetwork: "WatchJRoss is an absolute match in the Bengals offense." - Nate13Burleson

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    Jim OwczarskiVerified account @JimOwczarski 2h2 hours agoMore

    #Bengals recap: Lewis liked Josh Malone’s performance - "did what we drafted him to do” - & Joe Mixon needs to get back into football shape.


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