My Biggest Bengals OTA Takeaway: James Harrison Fitting Right In

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Dec 4, 2011; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) and defensive end Brett Keisel (99) combine to sack Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won the game, 35-7. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Through the first month of the cincinnati Bengals OTA program, there have been a number of headlines to come out of the first few practices of the 2013 NFL season.

But one that’s caught my eye and made me even more excited about the upcoming season is how well former Pittsburgh Steelers James Harrison has fit-in with the team who he loved to torment for much of the past decade:

"“Harrison has been conscientious in the meetings, he’s been studying, fitting in good with the team, Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer said. “He’s been trying to do everything like we’ve asked him to do it. He’s fit in good.”"

Harrison, who turned 35 on May 4th, was released by Pittsburgh on March 9 after he refused to take a pay cut, and was later signed by the Bengals, where he will likely become the starting strongside linebacker.

Even at that age, Harrison has said that right now is the best he’s felt since the 2009 season, and he’s been able to do more this offseason than in previous seasons due to offseason injuries and surgeries that have caused him to get off to slow starts during the season.

Such was the case last year when Harrison missed the first three games of last season due to a knee injury and offseason back surgery, but he still finished the 2012 season tied for the Steelers lead with 6 sacks and had a pair of forced fumbles.