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Bengals wake-up call: Three areas to watch

8/11/2014

CINCINNATI -- As the Cincinnati Bengals get going with Day 13 of training camp, here are three items we are going to be watching:

On the road: The Bengals are taking their talents on the road Monday afternoon, traveling about an hour north to West Carrollton High School in Dayton, Ohio. The practice will be the only workout away from Paul Brown Stadium this preseason, and comes one year after the team practiced in the same area at nearby Springboro High School. It should be a unique opportunity for fans in the northern reaches of suburban Cincinnati to see the Bengals in a weekday practice without fighting the normal afternoon downtown traffic to the stadium. I will personally be interested in seeing how the workout comes together logistically. The field the team will be practicing on is the same one used by the Dayton Dutch Lions Football Club of the United Soccer League. The field also can be seen easily from Interstate 75, which passes along the side of the school.

Getting Wilson work: After cycling between Andy Dalton and Matt Scott during Saturday's free and open practice inside Paul Brown Stadium, the Bengals will be getting their newly signed backup quarterback into the rotation Monday. Tyler Wilson was signed only hours before the Saturday practice, and wasn't able to fully participate. His signing came two days after backup Jason Campbell suffered a bruise on his throwing elbow because of a hard shot from a helmet in Thursday's preseason opener. Campbell is expected to practice at some point this week, but it's doubtful he will get going Monday. That is why Wilson was signed; to give the Bengals a third thrower for practice while Campbell and AJ McCarron continue to heal. McCarron hasn't practiced yet this camp.

Continued special teams work: Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons said Saturday that he wasn't panicking about a few of the problems that arose in kick and punt coverage Thursday night in Kansas City. I look for him to continue to harp on details with his players on those units in practices this week. I'm expecting him to harp on details like making sure players take appropriate angles as they run downfield, and making sure they are approaching returners appropriately and breaking down adequately for successful tackles. Hang time with his punter, Kevin Huber, probably will be emphasized some this week, too.