If the Cincinnati Bengals want to win big in 2013 and earn a postseason victory for the first time in two decades, they’ll need wide receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton to become more consistent with their deep-ball connections. Dalton and Green were 0-for-10 on passes that traveled more than 25 yards in the air from Week 13 on, and Green knows that even he has to work on making improvements:
That’s the big focal point coming into the OTAs. It’s not just Andy. It’s me, too. I can run them better, give him a better target to throw the ball. It’s on my part, too. We’re both trying to get better each practice.
Dalton echoed those sentiments:
It’s been emphasized, yeah. Any chance we get, we’re taking some deep shots, whether it be one-on-one (coverage) or just to let the receivers go up and get it. I think it’s definitely helping us out and there will be room for improvement.
Rookie offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson is taking advantage of starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) and left guard Clint Boling (ankle) rehabbing injuries to get plenty of practice reps during OTAs, and
There’s still a learning curve at guard, but I think I’m picking up the plays pretty well. There are times the ends flip, or a guy goes in motion, or the snap count all of a sudden changes. You have to be on your toes at all times.
It’s different than rookie minicamp; the veterans are quicker. No. 93 (Johnson) is the kind of guy that has the prototypical build for a defensive end. He’s long, he’s quick, he’s a good player. No. 95 (Gilberry) is a bigger guy … it’s a lot quicker than rookie minicamp.