NFL Nation: Sean Porter

Bengals Camp Report: Day 5

July, 28, 2014
Jul 28
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CINCINNATI -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Cincinnati Bengals training camp:


  • The Bengals had barely finished stretching at the start of Monday's practice before Mohamed Sanu made his presence known. The receiver went in motion on one of the first plays of an 11-on-11 drill before he was handed the football. Right after taking it from quarterback Andy Dalton, Sanu stopped, pulled up and threw a pass -- one of the few he has even attempted, in practice or otherwise, since college -- to fellow receiver A.J. Green. The throw fell easily into Green's hands well down field and set the tone for what ended up being a strong day overall for Sanu. "Coach had me doing a little bit of everything," Sanu said about offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.
  • In addition to throwing that pass, Sanu ran the ball once and, naturally, caught a few passes of his own from Dalton and other quarterbacks. While Sanu nor Jackson nor head coach Marvin Lewis will dare provide specifics about how they are using the receiver, they are all glad to have such a versatile playmaker on the roster. With Sanu a threat to do almost anything on the field, the Bengals know how big a challenge covering him, while also having to account for Giovani Bernard and Green, among others, can be.
  • Much of the Bengals' second fully-padded practice of training camp was spent working on short-yardage and goal-line situations. Running backs had to plow ahead on each play while defenders were charged with stopping them. It seemed like regularly during the third-and-short and fourth-and-short plays, the running backs were able to slither free for the first-down gain. On the goal line, however, the defense had its share of wins, breaking through and knocking down passing attempts, stopping running backs at the line of scrimmage or flushing quarterbacks out of the pocket and into forced throws. The units seemed split on the amount of time they respectively won battles in the trenches.
  • While the overall contact stepped up a notch Monday, the physical play that occurred Sunday may have been just a bit too much for several defenders. Linebackers J.K. Schaffer and Sean Porter got a little dinged after the first fully padded practice of the camp. That caused them both to stay in the training room Monday, while defensive end Robert Geathers and cornerback Adam Jones may have been receiving veterans' days off after the intense Day 4 workout. Neither was dressed Monday, but both were out on the practice fields. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick also was at practice but not participating after apparently tweaking a hamstring on Saturday.
  • The Bengals did lose one player to injury Monday. Offensive tackle Andre Smith ran into the locker room in the middle of the practice for an unspecified injury. Jackson said after practice he wasn't positive what the injury was but felt comfortable in affirming that the lineman shouldn't miss too much time. An off day couldn't have come at a better time for the Bengals. They won't practice Tuesday and will be back in action Wednesday.
The Cincinnati Bengals got down to the league limit of 75 players with six moves on Tuesday. The biggest one was putting rookie fourth-round pick Sean Porter (shoulder) on injured reserve. He was slated to back up James Harrison and play special teams.

Cincinnati also waived offensive linemen Otis Hudson and Jason Weaver. Linebacker Brandon Joiner, was injury waived and would move to the team's injured reserve list if he isn't claimed on waivers. Joiner, who went undrafted last season, spent his rookie year in jail for his role in a 2007 robbery.

Fullback Chris Pressley (knee) and reserve quarterback Zac Robinson (elbow) were placed on the PUP list and can practice after Week 6.
Let's take a quick look at what the division teams did in the fourth and fifth rounds:

CINCINNATI BENGALS: The Bengals added much needed speed to their linebacker group with Texas A&M's Sean Porter (fourth round). The outside linebacker is known as a blitzer and will make an immediate impact on special teams. ... Kansas G-T Tanner Hawkinson (fifth round) is a four-year starter who improved his stock in the combine drills. According to Pro Football Weekly, he is nicknamed "Ricky Bobby" because he looks like Will Ferrell.

CLEVELAND BROWNS: The Browns are obviously looking to the future on Day 3 with two trades. They sent their fourth-round pick (No. 111 overall) to the Steelers for a third-rounder in 2014. Cleveland then dealt their fifth-round pick (No. 139) to the Colts for a fourth-rounder in 2014.

BALTIMORE RAVENS: With WR Quinton Patton being selected right before their pick, the Ravens continued to go with defense, taking Ohio State DE-OLB John Simon in the fourth round. He was the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year last season but may not have the athleticism for the next level. ... Harvard FB Kyle Juszczyk (fourth round) was Baltimore's first offensive player taken in this draft. This could lead to the Ravens asking FB Vonta Leach to take a pay cut. He is scheduled to earn $3 million in the final year of his contract. ... Wisconsin OT Ricky Wagner (fifth round) is a gritty right tackle prospect. He could struggle with the speed of NFL pass-rushers.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: The first pick in the division on Day 3 was a Steelers-type safety. Pittsburgh traded with Cleveland to move up to take Syracuse's Shamarko Thomas, a hard-hitting, high-motor defensive back who will have a shot to start in 2014. How much did the Steelers like Thomas? They sent their 2014 third-round pick to the Browns to get him. ... The Steelers decided to go with Oklahoma's Landry Jones as their developmental quarterback. Pittsburgh took him in the fourth round, the highest the Steelers have used a pick on a quarterback since drafting Ben Roethlisberger in the 2004 first round. ... Like they usually do at this point in the draft, the Steelers took a cornerback in the fifth round. Illinois' Terry Hawthorne can make athletic plays and has experience as a returner. Some questions about mental toughness linger.

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