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Bengals Training Camp 101: It’s a Hard Knock Life

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Jul 27, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals center Kyle Cook (64) cools off during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Winning Season? Playoffs? Super Bowl? Forget all that. It’s NFL training camp time! The one time during summer where triple crowns, cracker jacks, and called third strikes take a backseat to the new America’s game, football. This isn’t an OTA, or a mini-camp. This is the real deal, training camp. This is what fans have been waiting for since the end of the last NFL season.

This is our first look at some of the new faces of the franchise, some big new pieces on defense, and to see what the year holds for our 3rd year tandem, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. The Bengals are also under the bright lights of the NFL Hard Knocks cameras, which gives fans the behind the curtain look into an NFL Franchise, and for Bengals fans it’s like Christmas in July all over again.

No longer are the days of finding parking at Georgetown College, because training camp has come home. Yes, last year it was at PBS too, but this year it looks to be bigger and better than ever. Finally it seems the Steelers, Ravens and Browns are all in the rear view mirror behind the Bengals in the AFC North, and every television show and writer out there are expecting big things from the Cincinnati Bengals this year. Fans should not expect anything less either.

Some of the players to really watch this training camp include Tyler Eifert, Gio Bernard, Shawn Williams, Margus Hunt, Dane Sanzenbacher, James Harrison, and of course, Andy Dalton. Everyone besides Dalton is a new face, and Sanzenbacher is going to be fighting Andrew Hawkins for a roster spot this year. Eifert, Bernard, and Hunt will be fun to watch just for the athleticism and spunk rookies have. Shawn Williams is interesting just because of the energy he brings to the field and his closing speed on film is hard to believe.