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Final Minicamp Notes: Two-Minute Drills, and Throwing in the Red Zone


Jun 11, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals John Skelton (left) hands off to running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The final practice of minicamp occurred at Paul Brown Stadium today, lasting 90 minutes.

At the start, all three quarterbacks – Dalton, Johnson, and Skelton – practiced the two-minute drill.

Dalton went 3-for-5, with an interception off the hands of Mohamed Sanu that was caught by Taylor Mays. Johnson completed his first two passes to Brandon Tate, but missed his next three.

Skelton went 2-for-4, with perhaps the prettiest completion of the day – a 23-yard pass to Cobi Hamilton.

In the red zone drill, Dalton threw touchdowns to both Alex Smith and Jermaine Gresham. In fact, Joe Reedy mentioned that the tight ends looked solid overall, despite the drop by Sanu. The only question is where Orson Charles fits in, with the Bengals likely keeping three or four players in that position.

A few formations the Bengals ran included both A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert lined up on the same side to stretch the defense. Green would run a typical deep route, which in turn would open up the field underneath for Eifert.

Quinn Sharp, an undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State, finished off the minicamp practice nailing a 53-yard field goal, assuring the coaches that if anything should happen to Mike Nugent, they have a solid back-up after willingly losing Josh Brown to free agency.

Practices will calm down for a little while now. So what’s the next step for the offseason?

Well, gearing up for the preseason.