Bengals training camp notes

August, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

GEORGETOWN, Ky.--The Cincinnati Bengals opened their second day of training camp Saturday with the first of two practices.

Here are some notes and observations from the morning session:

  • I'm really impressed with how clean Cincinnati's practices have been so far. There are very few procedural screw-ups or mental errors such as false starts and offside penalties. A high participation in this year's voluntary program likely has something to do with it, and the team has continued that momentum from the spring into the early portion of training camp.
  • There were not a lot of mental errors but there were several physical mishaps Saturday, particularly among the receivers. There were five drops in team drills. Tight end Ben Utecht had two, while receivers Chad Ochocinco, Chris Henry and Freddie Brown all dropped one pass each.
  • The obligatory Andre Smith question was presented to Bengals coach Marvin Lewis again as Smith missed his second straight day training camp. Lewis said there was no update but still has the door open for Smith to keep his starting job at right tackle.

"Until he comes to a contract agreement [with] his people and our people, he won't be here," Lewis said. "When he gets here, we'll work with him and give him every opportunity to contribute to this football team as quick as possible. Based on his ability, I believe he'll be able to do that."

  • Backup cornerback David Jones tweaked his left ankle in practice, but the injury didn't appear serious. He got the ankle re-taped and remained on the sideline for team drills. (Update: Saturday evening before the second practice, Jones was wearing a walking boot and didn't participate. The team classifying it as a left foot injury.)
  • The Bengals will complete their first two-a-day with a Saturday night practice from 7-9 p.m. As we mentioned Friday, starting quarterback Carson Palmer is expected to participate, which is an alteration from minicamp when he sat out the second sessions. Lewis said the team will continue to closely monitor Palmer's reps but also wants to maintain a rhythm offensively.

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