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By nate

Another round of Organized Team Activities came and went and Jerome Simpson got some solid reviews. Equally encouraging is that Simpson declined to talk with the media after his performance. It seems as if the young kid is pretty focused and is starting to figure things out.

“The one thing you want to see Jerome do is make plays consistently,” Carson Palmer said on the team’s web site. “He’s consistently made plays every practice. If he can keep doing that from now until training camp and from training camp into the preseason and from the preseason into the regular season, the sky’s the limit for him.”

If Simpson develops – and that seems to be the trend – he’d probably be the team’s No. 5 receiver at this point (behind Ocho, A. Bryant, Matt Jones,  and A. Caldwell). That leaves Quan Cosby, Jordan Shipley, and Dezmon Briscoe fighting for what is traditionally the final receiver spot. Many teams would be happy to take one or both of the losers in that competition. The Bengals are extremely deep at wide receiver and need to open up their offense as a result. Their best five receivers (tight ends included) are going to be better than the five best cover men assigned to them, often in multiple spots. Thankfully, Bob Bratkowski seems to have recognized this and is beginning to implement some of those principles.

“We had two-minute, we had no-huddle, red zone and we had some of our unbalanced line stuff in there,” Bratkowski said on the team’s web site. “It was a major learning day and we weren’t as sharp, but we exposed them to a lot.”

The next logical move would be to emphasize pass-blocking on the offensive line, an area in which the unit can still improve. All in all, it’s been a pretty encouraging offseason for the team, filled with more optimism than any year in recent – perhaps even distant – memory.

Who Dey.