Bengals Minicamp: Lewis Loves his Rookies, & Mike Zimmer Ready to Hunt

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May 10, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals first round draft pick tight end Tyler Eifert (85) runs down field during the Bengals rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

 

Quarterback Andy Dalton is already getting a look at his new toy in Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, and likes what he’s seen so far:

You can tell Tyler has really good body control when the ball is in the air, but you could see that on film when you’re watching him in college. It’s hard to tell with running backs with no pads, no nothing on. But (Bernard) has a little wiggle to him, you can see that. That would be a good complement for Benny, who’s more of a power back.

 

Rookie running back Giovani Bernard on his first NFL practice:

Fast-paced. Very fast-paced. I just came out of a spread offense ( at UNC in college), so that was a little faster, but I enjoyed running around and having fun with the guys and understanding the playbook, getting as many reps as possible, and getting ready for the season.

For me, I just go out there and enjoy the time. Coach Gruden has done a great job of teaching everybody. He isn’t singling anyone out, and is teaching us as a whole. We’re understanding it and picking it up real well and practicing really fast and understanding it.

 

On comparisons to Baltimore Ravens running back ray Rice:

I don’t mind ever getting compared to a guy already in the league, and it’s a blessing. I’m just trying to be the guy that’s gotten me here and that’s Giovani Bernard. I just want to do whatever it takes to stay on the field, whether that’s getting on special teams, catching balls out of the backfield, blocking, whatever it is. I just want to be on the field at all times.

 

 

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