CINCINNATI -- I've arrived in town for my two-day visit at Bengals training camp. Practice is from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m., so I will fire a late afternoon/early evening post from what I see. But that's for later. Right now, it's time for your wake-up call, which is in a different format today in order to get all of the news and notes.
Among the losers in Sunday's mock game was wide receiver Jordan Shipley, according to CBS Sports. "The receiver still appears sluggish coming off his ACL injury and ran with the second team all weekend," CBS Sports' Paul Dehner Jr. wrote. "Andrew Hawkins is the current starter at the slot position and unless Shipley finds his burst soon, it could mean he ends up on the chopping block come final cuts." My take is there's plenty of time for Shipley to recover. How these receivers fare in the preseason will go a long way in determining the depth chart.
Colt McCoy doesn't believe there was a fair quarterback competition with Brandon Weeden, who was named the team's starting quarterback Monday. McCoy certainly has an argument because he worked consistently with the second-team offense in training camp. That is, until the final two-minute drill of Monday's practice, when he dropped to third and Seneca Wallace took over the second team. He declined to say whether he'll ask to be traded or released. "Look, I learned the news just like you did," McCoy said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I learned right before practice, I came to practice, I worked hard and got better. I'm excited about the preseason and we'll see what happens."
Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin fully participated in Monday's practice and is targeting to play Friday in the preseason opener against the Detroit Lions. It is believed he had surgery to repair a torn pelvic muscle. “I’m pretty sure I’ll probably be in the game Friday,” Rubin told the Akron Beacon Journal. “I don’t feel [any] limitations. I don’t feel bad or nothing like that. I feel 100 percent, so I’m ready to go.”
The Ravens' news magnet, aka left tackle Bryant McKinnie, will have half of his eligible wages garnished this season, according to a settlement he reached with Pro Player Funding. In what has become an offseason to forget for the one-time Pro Bowl lineman, the Baltimore Sun is reporting McKinnie owes the New York-based company more than $4.5 million for loans he took out to cover costs during the NFL lockout last year. According to the NFL players association, McKinnie is scheduled to earn a base salary of $3.2 million this season.
The Sun's Mike Preston was impressed with how defensive tackle Haloti Ngata practiced, even though he described the defensive tackle being about 10 to 15 pounds above his listed weight of 340 pounds. "He ran plays down from the backside," Preston wrote. "A couple of times he tossed offensive linemen aside like used paper towels."
Backup safety Ryan Mundy will start in the season opener in Denver, where Ryan Clark has to sit out because of a blood condition that is affected by the altitude. Taking over Clark's role, Mundy will have to call out the defensive plays against Peyton Manning's no-huddle attack. "Throughout his career he's had some strong tendencies like the hurry-up offense, no-huddle-type stuff," Mundy told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We all know he's a very cerebral player. Once the preseason gets going, we'll have to turn on the game film to see exactly what we're getting ready for. I'm sure we can't wait for that. We know it's going to be a big challenge for us."
Starting cornerback Ike Taylor was extremely complimentary of Cortez Allen, who is competing for the job opposite Taylor. “This dude could be way better than me -- if he can stay healthy," Taylor told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He knows what it takes, and he wants it. He wants to get better. The good thing I like about Cortez is he doesn’t say much, he comes to work and he does what he needs to do." Based on Taylor's assessment, Allen could be overtaking Keenan Lewis for the starting spot any day now.