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Takeaways from Episode 3 of Hard Knocks


While episode 3 was good (what Hard Knocks episode is not?), I think it was my least favorite so far. Here is what I took from episode 3

*I have said it before, and I will say it again; this team is simply enjoyable to watch. They seem like a bunch of good guys that legitimately enjoy each other. That could not be said of the 2009 team on Hard Knocks.

Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison (92) prior to a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

*James Harrison is a large and solid dude, and seeing him go through acupuncture twice a week while breaking the Curtis Martin NFL record of 232 “ needles” with 300, it proved Harrison is even tougher than we thought.

*I like George Iloka at safety, but he has to be smarter – heat of the moment or not, why would you ever punch a man in the helmet?

*One day, Orson Charles may be a good blocker. That day has yet to come.

*The Rookie Show was great. Especially the mocking of Taylor Mays, who needs to spend less time worrying about his looks, his backpack collection and day dreaming about his girlfriend and spend more time studying his playbook and working on his craft.

With that said, Taylor Mays needs to be cut.

*Speaking of being cut, there is nothing more painful than watching a man get cut and seeing his dreams smashed. I had high hopes for Aaron Maybin and what Zimmer could do with him and he seems like a good dude. I hope he catches on somewhere.

*The cutting of players in this year was way more professional than the cutting of players in 2009 (see J.D. Runnels)

*Mike Brown must not have a mirror in his $450 Million palace – how else could you explain being seen on a national documentary with a hat on that looks like it was recently sat on by Andre Smith?

*When he is not so worried about being so arrogant to the media, Marvin can have a somewhat enjoyable personality.

*Mike Zimmer is still awesome.