Coming of a dismal performance against Detroit Friday night, the Bengals came into camp today looking to rebound and get refocused. That dismal effort apparently leaked into today’s practice, as the Bengals came out very sloppy.
The offensive line continued to struggle with false starts. Dalton struggled with the center-QB exchange and fumbled 3 snaps that I counted. Marvin Lewis wasn’t happy with the effort and had the team running laps to get the team refocused. Things would progress as practice went on.
The tempo of practice was up and players went from drill to drill much quicker. There was also more offensive/defensive scrimmaging to get more realistic practice in. Leon Hall was the most active in practice he’s been thus far into training camp. Perhaps he got a wake up call after giving up 2 TD’s vs. Detroit Friday night.
AJ Green started off practice slow, dropping several easy passes. After a talk with WR coach James Urban on the sideline, he quickly got refocused and had a beautiful diving grab in team scrimmages. A few plays later, he blew by CB Morgan Trent for a 50 yard TD strike from Dalton.
The offensive line had a lot more “pop” today, and Benson was hitting the holes hard and fast. He looks back to his 2009 form. Andre Smith was also blocking well today and continues to lock down his starting RT spot.
Bernard Scott finally returned from a lingering hamstring injury.
After practice was over, DT Domato Peko had a message to Bengals fans saying, “We ll get better. We ll be ready for the opener. I’m excited about this defense.” The Bengals will be in New York Sunday Night to play the Jets. The last day of training camp is Thursday August 18th, so time is running out to come see the Bengals practice before they embark on the 2011 NFL season.