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Posted by hobsonschoice1 on April 26, 2010 – 5:02 pm

Look for the Bengals to look for a few things between now and training camp:

  • A contract with veteran tight end Reggie Kelly. Not taking USC’s Anthony McCoy in the fifth round seemed to indicate that.
  • A veteran running back in the Larry Johnson mold who can lug it 25 times if Cedric Benson has to sit out a few games. Brian Leonard and Bernard Scott are perfect spot players, but the Bengals need a backup bellcow. Which would seem to suggest they’ll go with four running backs and one fullback.
  • The fullback is Fui Vakapuna and while the Bengals have had interest in re-signing Jeremi Johnson, it doesn’t look to be mutual or they would have got it done before the draft.
  • They’re probably in the market for a fourth safety. Tom Nelson was a different player after he got hurt.

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9 Responses to “Next up…”

  1. By kidtrice85 on Apr 26, 2010 | Reply

    Or the Bengals passed on McCoy because he failed the drug test at the Combine. Taking a guy with a DUI is one thing, taking a guy who fails a drug test that he knows he will be forced to take is another thing. Besides, McCoy has limited upside, unlike Dunlap.

    Not to say that the Bengals will not sign Kelly, but the decisions may not be causally related.

  2. By 1stbaseman44 on Apr 26, 2010 | Reply

    will they sign a veteran fullback. god i hope so. maybe Kyle Eckel he has played for 2 super bowls teams n.e & n.o

  3. By jslaughte on Apr 26, 2010 | Reply

    Next up should be signing college free agents. Why haven’t we signed Donavan Warren CB/S, Colin Peek TE, Ciron Black OG, Rashawn Jackson FB. These are all solid players that could contribute. We still don’t have an answer at RG (Williams gets beat on pass blocking and any stunts because he can’t move), we still need a blocking TE, we still need a better FB, we could always use DBs. Am I missing information on these players as to why we wouldn’t take a look at them? If so, why would we give Packman a tryout?

  4. By tide182 on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    Really? A “backup bellcow?” Are you serious? How many NFL teams carry a, wait for it, 4th (!!) running back for the sole purpose of “being able to lug it 25 times” if the starter is out? For one, this is a ridiculous waste of a roster spot considering there is no point in dressing 4 RB’s on Gameday if Ced is running 1st and 2nd down, Leonard is a stud on 3rd down, and B-Scott is spelling the two of them at times. The 4th guy literally would not get on the field unless someone got hurt. That is not, I’m sorry, a position of need. Any veteran 4th back taking time from Scott or Leonard is taking away from the offense. For two, why again can’t B-Scott be an every down back for a couple of games? He’s 5’10″ 200lbs, so it’s not like he’s Darren Sproles back there, and the two times he was “allowed” to have over 15 carries last season he went 21 for 119 vs. Oakland and 18 for 87 vs. Cleveland. Not too shabby. Plus, although I love him returning kicks as much as anyone, if he has to start at RB for a game or two if Ced is banged up, isn’t that part of the reason why they drafted Jordan Shipley in the 3rd round – to be able to return kicks/punts?

    Come on, Geoff, the idea that “4th RB” is a pressing issue is patently ridiculous. It’s especially ridiculous given the roster spot crunch that already exists as far as getting people in rotations on the field on the DL, lacking depth on the OL, figuring out who can make the team at WR, and depth at CB.

    Your point about safety is well taken, though, I’d say that position is a major concern considering we don’t have anyone who has proven he is capable of playing a full season at this point in his career (Williams, Crocker) or starting in general (Ndukwe, Nelson).

  5. By carson9 on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I dont believe we will sign very many college free agents. Satety and FullBack are the primary concerns. It appears Reggie Kelly will re-up for a year or two to mentor Jermaine and Chase. I may be off on this one, but I believe our offensive line looks pretty good the way it is. Im very impressed with Nate Livings and the two rookie OGs we drafted should help too in terms of depth. Good job guys!

  6. By mwindle1973 on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    What does trying out Pacman Jones almost 3 months ago have to do with anything? I don’t think a college FA is going to start this year anyway. So how that is a fix to Bobbie Williams , I don’t know. But your assessment of his pass blocking is incorrect IMO anyway. Next up is signing college FAs. And we have signed 10 of them. Of course the signings are unconfirmed, but are almost certain. We signed the Bearcats LS that snapped for Kevin Huber. He never had even 1 misfired snap in his college career. Which is a great signing because he probably makes the roster in the end. 2 Ss, 2 RBs, a LB, DE, OL, a blocking TE and a pretty good FB who should also have a chance to compete. Of course the team hasn’t confirmed these signings. But in most cases the players have it posted on their facebook or have otherwise confirmed the signing(s). Unfortunately other teams are trying to sign these guys too. So you can’t always get exactly who you want. But we signed some good players. Put 2 more safeties in the mix, another LB, 2 more RBs, another interior Olineman, a FB, blocking TE & another pass rush specialist who may have been signed to play SAM.

  7. By glencoebengal on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    iF THEY NEEDED A BACK UP BELL COW, WHY DIDN’T WE KEEP LARRY??? I think he would have like to stayed.

  8. By mwindle1973 on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    I think Larry probably wanted to start somewhere.

  9. By jsmjohn on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    I like Reggie but if he doesn’t want to sign I am not going to lose any sleep over it. I f he doesm’t want to be here I don’t want him here either. It isn’t like he is a probowl candidate. The same with J. Johnson. Don’t let the dorr hit ya where the good Lord split ya. I don’t any reason we should be begging anyone to be on this team. There comes a time when you just need to move on.

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