This will start a series of position previews heading into the opening of training camp later this week.
The big story heading into training camp is Carson Palmer’s elbow. If Carson is fully recovered, and he says he is, this will be perhaps the strongest position on the team. It will be interesting to watch the battle for the backup spot.
J.T. O’ Sullivan was signed after starting eight games for San Francisco last year, throwing eight touchdowns and 11 interceptions. It’s hard to really evaluate O’ Sullivan since he was playing in what was basically a black hole for quarterbacks last year. He is supposed to have a strong arm, which was a glaring weakness for brainy Ryan Fitzpatick last season. Plus, the Bengals should go deep a lot this season, or at least I hope they do with such quality speed receivers on the roster.
Jordan Palmer, Carson’s little bro, has prototypical size (6-5, 235 pounds) for an NFL quarterback, but has yet to really get a chance to show off his skills. It is interesting however that J. Palmer completed 7 of 12 passes in three appearances last season. I have a feeling that he could emerge as the backup to Carson, giving the Bengals a Palmer-Palmer depth chart. Carson will be on a pitch count in training camp, but other than that there shouldn’t be a whole lot of issues with the quarterback position. Just hope that Carson stays healthy and his backup, whoever it is, stays off the field when the season starts.
Clicks: Roy Williams will be coming to training camp a little bit lighter, according to Steve Wyche’s blog. I see Williams playing the running downs and Chinedum Ndukwe, who is an excellent blitzer, playing the passing downs.
Big C. reports that Jerome Simpson has been working out with former Rams receiver Ricky Proehl (what Az Hakim wasn’t available?) and that Rey Maualuga and Chase Coffman could both be signed by Tuesday. That’s great news considering it seems that Andre Smith might not sign until February. I’ll be surprised if Smith is starting at right tackle on opening day.
On deck: RB preview…