Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Bengals not worried about Smith's weight
By Jamison Hensley
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals will fine offensive tackle Andre Smith for skipping this week's mandatory minicamp. They're just not going to worry about him.
That's the stance of head coach Marvin Lewis when asked if there was any concern about Smith's conditioning. In the past, there were some issues with Smith's weight. Now, the Bengals haven't seen Smith at Paul Brown Stadium since he signed his three-year, $18 million contract.
Andre Smith missed this week's mandatory minicamp due to personal reasons.
"I don't worry about that anymore," Lewis said of Smith's conditioning. "That's the one thing that Andre has taken good steps and made huge strides in personally from his own part for wanting to be a good player. He knows that part of it. From what I can see distance-wise, we're in pretty good shape."
When Smith signed his contract on the second day of the draft, he said he weighed 335 pounds and reporters noted that the former first-round pick didn't appear to be out of shape. During the offseason, he has been training at Warehouse Performance Institute in Birmingham, Ala.
The Bengals, though, wanted and expected Smith to be at this week's three-day camp. Lewis explained that Smith is absent because of personal reasons, which will cost him up to $66,150 in fines and his $100,000 workout bonus.
Lewis called it a "minor distraction" and said it's not related to his January arrest for possessing a gun at the Atlanta airport.
"He's really dealing with something that he has to get through," Lewis said. "We'd hope he'd be here to pick up on some of the things that we felt like were good to work on this point of the year. But he's got some personal things he's dealing with. Obviously, there are certain things that come with not being here for three days. It's unfortunate for him but that's just the way it is. Once we get through a week of training camp, everything will be good."
"He'll be prepared and he's hopefully doing the things he needs to do. When it's time to be with us, he'll be ready," offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth said. "We don't need to worry about that. We need to worry about what we have here and how we can go forward and get prepared and use these three days as an opportunity to take another step in the right direction."
The other issue the Bengals are dealing with is the arrest of cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones. He pleaded not guilty to an assault charge after police say he tried to hurt a woman.
"The situation Adam Jones is in is not something you want to get involved in," Lewis said. "It's unfortunate that he's in this situation. That's really all I can add to it. Obviously, this has to work its way out, whichever way it does."