Tuesday Reads: Bengals Camp Sked Out
The Cincinnati Bengals have released their training camp schedule. Camp will open Monday, July 28. The annual Intrasquad Scrimmage happens August 1, and the Black-Orange Mock Game the next day. Camp will run through August 15.
MLB Dhani Jones makes Dennis Dillon’s list of guys who impressed in the offseason.
"Jones, 30, revived his career after Cincinnati picked him up off the street last September. He started the final eight games on the weak side, finished second on the team in tackles and was the special teams captain. It looks like Jones now will move into the middle and give new coordinator Mike Zimmer’s defense a veteran presence inside. That also should help accelerate the development of third-year ‘backer Ahmad Brooks, who will move outside."
Ocho Cinco is due at a California passing camp later this week. Carson and Jordan Palmer, T.J. Houshmandadeh, Antonio Chatman, Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell and Maurice Purify are also participating.
Via BengalsBlog, word that ESPN’s Bill Williamson expects a big year from first-round pick LB Keith Rivers.
WDR argues that while Marvin Lewis isn’t on the hot seat, maybe he should be. Well, yes, in any “real” organization, he would be, that’s certain — yet the Bengals, and I’m sure WDR would agree, are hardly typical of the NFL. If Marvin can accomplish what he has in five years in Cincy, I have to wonder what he might have done in an organization that doesn’t skimp on scouting, isn’t afraid of free agency, and lacks an owner notorious for meddling in draft and personnel decisions (among other quirks). If, as WDR avers, saying Lewis “is one of the most successful head coaches in Bengals history is like saying he is one of the most talented members of New Kids on the Block,” then blaming him for only making the playoffs once in five years is a bit like knocking him for qualifying for the Indy 500 in a Ford Escort just once in five tries.
Cincy Jungle takes a shot at the final roster.
Rookie Bengals DT Pat Sims compares himself to Warren Sapp.
AFC North Watch: Cleveland WR Joe Jurevicius may need microfracture surgery. Hashmarks looks at possible replacements.
The Steelers are for sale.