Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Bengals training camp notes
By James Walker
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
| ||AP Photo/Al Behrman|
| ||Coach Marvin Lewis talks with linebacker Brandon Johnson during practice on Tuesday.|
GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- The Cincinnati Bengals opened Day 2 of training camp at Toyota Stadium.
Here are some observations:
- The highlight of Tuesday's practice was the "Oklahoma drill," which is a staple during the first full-contact day of training camp under head coach Marvin Lewis. The drills pits a defensive player trying to fight off a block and then trying to make a tackle against an incoming ball carrier. Some of the highlights included right tackle Stacy Andrews driving rookie defensive lineman Jason Shirley 15 yards downfield, and cornerback Leon Hall driving through receiver Antonio Chatman to make a crushing tackle. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was emotionally charged during the entire drill.
"I'm trying to build some spirit with the defense, some camaraderie, some togetherness," Zimmer said. "If I have to do it, that's what I'll do. I'll do whatever. If I have to be the leader, I'll be the leader. If one of these guys want to step up, take charge and be the leader, then they well. I want them to understand the emotion we want to play with and the tempo we play with and the expectations we play with."
- Bengals starting running back Rudi Johnson continues to look solid. Not only has he bulked up 15 pounds in the offseason. But he also seems to have an additional burst that he didn't have last year after dealing with a hamstring injury. Johnson is consistently running well in practice.
- Safety Marvin White is flashing a lot of ability in training camp. He's made several nice plays this week displaying his athleticism and looks more comfortable in his second season.
"It's just a lot more relaxing because you know what's going on," White said of his second training camp. "You know what to expect and you know what your coaches want out of you."
- Rookie linebacker Keith Rivers, the No. 9 overall pick in the draft, continues to be the team's lone holdout and now has missed three practices. Defensive end Antwan Odom (foot) and receiver Chad Johnson (ankle) also sat out practice Tuesday.