Bengals mail 2: Will no rookie camp hurt?

May, 18, 2014
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Thanks to the NFL's decision to hold this year's draft in the middle of May, two weeks later than what had become its late-April spot on the calendar, the Cincinnati Bengals have taken a rookie camp off their offseason schedule.

Instead, in order to get the new players indoctrinated into their philosophies and schemes, the Bengals have tweaked their voluntary workout schedule in a way that allows the young players to correspond with the older ones and vice versa. Also, they'll hold full-team organized team activities (OTAs) and mandatory minicamps within the next few weeks.

How might the lack of a rookie camp hurt the Bengals (and maybe the Giants, too, since they were the only other team that decided against having a rookie camp this year)? We attempt to answer that and more in this Sunday's installment of the Bengals mailbag:

 

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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