Monday, August 8, 2011
Notes from Bengals practice
By Jame Walker
GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- The Cincinnati Bengals began their second week of training camp with a full-padded practice Monday night.
Here are several notes and observations:
- Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson was the star of this practice. Simpson caught a pair of impressive deep balls from backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski in team drills. One was a jump ball over a defender for 20-plus yards and the other was a streak down the right side of the field for a touchdown. Simpson is out to prove that last season's strong finish was not a fluke.
- Similar to Cleveland, the Bengals' new West Coast offense still has some kinks to work out. There were three false starts in team drills by Simpson, rookie receiver A.J. Green and right tackle Andre Smith. Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton's timing also looked off with several receivers. Dalton threw an interception right to middle linebacker Rey Maualuga in what likely was a miscommunication between the quarterback and receiver.
- Keep an eye out for undrafted rookie tight end Colin Cochart. I don't know much about him -- Cochart is from South Dakota State. But Cochart made several really nice blocks against the first-team defense on Monday. The rookie could be an early sleeper in training camp.
- On the injury front, Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap had a wrap around his knee and did not practice. Backup running back Bernard Scott (hamstring) and corner Adam Jones (neck) also sat out. Cincinnati safety Gibril Wilson (knee) is returning from an ACL tear and practiced for the first time. He got into a brief scuffle with running back Jonathan Williams in team drills.