After struggling through the first four practices, Andy Dalton bounced back and had a good practice today. He hit Armon Binns on a bomb after he beat Leon Hall deep. Binns continues to impress and should at least be in the top-4 WR rotation when the season begins if he can have a good showing during preseason games.
The offensive line really stood out today during practice. After struggling last year to establish a consistent running game, as well as having Andy Dalton throw numerous quick throws to compensate for his o-line’s inability to hold blocks for long, the team drafted Kevin Zeitler in the first-round and signed Travelle Wharton to man the starting guard spots. With those two additions, as well as the continued development of Andre Smith, this o-line looks to finally have the horses to run in an AFC North stacked with Pro-Bowl and All-Pro defensive lineman and linebackers. The o-line’s improvements were also noted by the NLF Network’s own Jason LaCanfora:
Hard to watch this Bengals OL and not be impressed. Powerful unit. Very stout all the way across. Big key to young skill guys development
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) July 31, 2012
Rookie WR Marvin Jones was very impressive today, hauling in several long passes, including a deep strike from Dalton he out-jumped Leon Hall to get to. Jones will need a strong showing during the preseason to ensure a roster spot, as it is very unlikely he would clear waivers to get to the Bengals practice squad.
The team will be off Wednesday before returning to the field Thursday afternoon.
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