Friday, February 21, 2014
Bengals combine Day 2: Who I'm watching
By Coley Harvey
INDIANAPOLIS -- After a rather uneventful first day at the NFL combine for the Cincinnati Bengals, Day 2 ought to be jam-packed with storylines and maybe even a little news.
Friday at the combine begins for the Bengals around 11:15 a.m. when former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer takes the podium. He'll be talking on a national stage for the first time since being hired last month as the Vikings' new head coach.
Some 30 minutes after Zimmer finishes his talk, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is slated to make his first public comments since Paul Guenther was promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator Jan. 15. That was the same day Zimmer was hired in Minnesota.
Later in the afternoon, new Washington head coach and former Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden steps before reporters.
In addition to the time with the coaches, we'll get a chance to talk to another batch of players. This time it's all about the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. Only two of those positions could be of some value to the Bengals in this year's draft, but team officials haven't tipped their collective hand as to whether they'll bring in another quarterback or running back. The possibilities are there, though, particularly when you factor in starting quarterback Andy Dalton's struggles with consistency and the fact that he is coming up on the final year of his contract without a proven backup behind him.
Cincinnati might flirt with the thought of adding a running back because of new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson's desire to showcase a more aggressive scheme that's rooted in a more efficient rushing attack.
Here's a rundown of a few names I'll be watching Friday: