In front of a crowd of over 6,000 fans, the 2012 Cincinnati Bengals held their first official scrimmage of the year. Though their was only live hitting for a little over half an hour, it was a very spirited scrimmage.
CB Jason Allen was out again today, as well as Adam Jones, Brandon Ghee, and Shawn Prater, leaving the Bengals depleted of able corners and forcing several players to switch positions. When asked if Brandon Ghee‘s injury would allow him to be back sometime this year, Marvin Lewis replied “I don’t know that.”
The first team WRs continued to be AJ Green and Armon Binns, while Brandon Tate and Mohamed Sanu were a part of the second team.
When the scrimmage finally began, the Bengals limited the full-contact portion to just short-yardage situations. The defense, led by Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, Devon Still, and Brandon Thompson were constantly in the offensive backfield and dominated in short-yardage situations. It will be interesting to see if that’s the result of the Bengals’ deep d-line rotation, or the offense having the same issues they did last year in struggling to convert short-yardage situations.
When the offense opted to pass, Andy Dalton continued to look like the Pro-Bowl alternate from a year ago, completing all five of his passes during the early part of the scrimmage.
Mike Nugent hit field goals from 35, 40, 46, and 52 yards.
The surprise highlight of the day came from 5th-string Aaron Brown, who had a nice 33-yard TD run.
The team will return to action tomorrow for the annual Black/White Mock Game at 6pm.
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