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ICYMI: Bengals Training Camp 101: It’s a Hard Knock Life

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Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


Then there is Andy Dalton. Lots of people, me included, believe this is the big step year for Dalton. If he wants to have over 30 touchdowns and 4,000 yards, he has to be the master of training camp. He has to be the leader who emphasizes the importance of route running, blocking assignments, and effective offense. This offense needs a field marshal, and General Dalton is the only way to have it.

Of course, there is the Hard Knocks side of things. With the Bengals signing on for another season of Hard Knocks, fans get the ultimate look behind the curtain, and this season will not disappoint. With Hard Knocks comes the cameras, drama, and life of an NFL locker room. Also comes the Bengals need to change the perception of a young gun team who is not going anywhere in the post season. The Bengals need to show they are mature, serious contenders on and off the field and that the leadership of this team is solid all the way around.

With the start of training camp, the Cincinnati Bengals are making things more fan friendly than ever before. A pep rally, which is free to the public, kicks things off at Paul Brown Stadium Thursday night, and most practices during camp are open to the public at least somewhat. These practices give fans the chance to interact with their favorite players. The rest can be seen behind the scenes during Hard Knocks on HBO, and of course in person during the preseason games.

This year’s training camp should lead into a season that is unlike any other, and with high expectations should come high rewards. The new season has begun, Who Dey!


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