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CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals wrapped up their 2009 mandatory minicamp Saturday.
Here are some final observations:
Bengals fans were allowed to watch the final practice thanks to Cincinnati's select-a-seat program. The public entered the stadium and could potentially buy tickets for seats that were still available for the 2009 season while the team ran through its final session.
Although it's just June, based on this minicamp it's safe to assume the early leaders in the race to be Cincinnati's No. 3 receiver are Chris Henry and Andre Caldwell. Both stood out and made plays throughout the three days of practices and separated from the pack that also includes former second-round pick Jerome Simpson and veteran Antonio Chatman.
Speaking of receivers, overall Chad Ochocinco had a good camp. He did drop a few passes, which could be a product of not working with the Bengals' quarterbacks for a majority of the offseason. But Ochocinco looked explosive and had few problems separating from defenders. He also caught a long touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Palmer in Saturday's practice and had some fun with the fans.
There are still some concerns about Cincinnati's offensive line. I didn't want to focus on it too much because the Bengals were playing without pads. But it is a major question this year, so I took notice throughout the week. I felt the offensive line was a little shaky early in camp and gradually improved.
Fullback/tailback Brian Leonard, who was recently acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Rams, is getting a lot of carries at tailback, which could be a prelude to training camp and the preseason. Leonard also caught the ball well out of the backfield this week.
The Bengals made a series of roster moves following minicamp. They signed sixth-round pick and running back Bernard Scott, who became the third draft pick under contract. Cincinnati also waived four players: Tight end Matt Sherry, receiver Mario Urrutia, quarterback Billy Farris and long-snapper James Smith.
Lastly, the Bengals got out of minicamp in good health. Center Dan Santucci injured his foot. Other than that, there were no significant injuries for the team.
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals wrapped up their 2009 mandatory minicamp Saturday. Here are some final observations: Bengals fans were allowed to watch the final practice thanks to Cincinnati's select-a-seat program.