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Quick observations from Bengals rookie camp: Day 2

5/9/2015

CINCINNATI -- A few observations from the second day of the Cincinnati Bengals' rookie camp:

  • Three players left Saturday's afternoon practice because of injuries. Safety Floyd Raven didn't participate in the afternoon session out of an abundance of caution because of an existing injury, according to defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Cornerback Josh Shaw began the afternoon practice, but left after an apparent cramp. Receiver Jake Kumerow was evaluated for a possible finger injury.

  • As you've no doubt read by now, Pro Bowl offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth was in attendance with two of his children for the morning portion of Saturday's two-a-day workout. He was giving instruction to rookie linemen Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher, who both appreciated the guidance. Said Ogbuehi: "He gave me some pointers about technique. What to work on, what to expect, how to be a pro. He's done a great job with that. So I can listen to him."

  • Rookie receiver Mario Alford got his share of coaching the last two days. It was particularly noticeable Saturday, when it seemed any moment Alford touched the football, someone was either shouting something encouraging or critical to him. Most times when he got the shouts of criticism, he corrected his mistake on the next repetition.

  • It is very early, but based on the way Alford got in and out of his routes and cleanly caught passes these two days, it will be interesting to watch what happens with him in training camp. Right now he's in clear competition with veterans Brandon Tate and Denarius Moore, receivers who have kick-return and punt-return ability like Alford. Don't be surprised if Alford, a seventh-round pick, gives them a tough time later this summer.

  • Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who impressed offensive coordinator Hue Jackson on Friday, appeared to throw even better Saturday. His passes appeared more accurate overall, and his velocity was sharper, too. Mechanically, it looked like he shortened up his throwing motion and was quicker getting rid of the ball. Remember, this weekend is only a tryout for Pryor. The former Ohio State quarterback hasn't signed anything to this point.

  • NFL speed is much different from college speed. That fact becomes wholly apparent in these rookie camps, when the players are moving through drills just a step or two slower than coaches want. As the Bengals transition into full-team organized team activities and minicamps, practice tempo could be an issue for certain younger players if they aren't careful.

  • In addition to Whitworth, quarterback Andy Dalton and receiver James Wright were observers of Saturday's practices.

  • Shaw was quite reflective Friday when asked about the moment he stepped on the Bengals' practice field for the first time. "This is a day I'll never forget," he said. "It's my first practice ever in the National Football League. It's truly a blessing. When I walked out here on the field it was like, 'Wow. All these years of hard work are finally paying off.' So now I'm here, and really it's just the beginning of my journey."

Sunday's rookie camp sessions are closed to the media.