OTA’s came and went, and the Bengals just seemed less and less drama-oriented and more and more businesslike. The first glimpses of the much-anticipated two tight end set didn’t come until training camp opened late last month, and did not disappoint. With 3rd year gunslinger Andy Dalton at the helm and in seemingly complete control of this offense, fans around the Queen City are certainly buzzing and for good reason. Dalton now has a bevy of weapons at his disposal and should have no problem moving the ball downfield in the short game and the long ball.
Now we’re into preseason week 1 and the Bengals offense definitely showed room for improvement, but all in all looked definitely good enough for week one. Most impressive from the offense was the play action roll out pass from Andy Dalton to 4th year man Jermaine Gresham, in which Gresham blew up the Falcons first round pick Desmond Trufant attempting an open field tackle.
The Bengals defense did give up a decently long play to Atlanta on a bubble pass from Matt Ryan to Harry Douglas, but pro bowler Geno Atkins stepped up for the D and stopped newly acquired Steven Jackson on a 3rd and 2, holding Atlanta to a field goal.
Hard Knocks has also debuted, so has Jaws’ Film Room featuring Andy Dalton on ESPN2. Also, Andy Dalton has been on the Scott Van Pelt show on ESPN radio and Coach Lewis on Mike & Mike in the Morning, also on ESPN radio. The buzz following the Cincinnati Bengals is very welcome to Bengals fans and finally earning respect around the league.
Now moving forward, the Bengals need to use this momentum and enter the regular season on a healthy and strong note. In the second preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, look for the Bengals playbook to expand and what could be the 2013 preseason debut of 2 time pro-bowler A.J. Green.