The Bengals open their on-field voluntary sessions Tuesday morning and most everyone is expected.
Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is, of course, detained by ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. But the offense could get a new/old addition if not this week then soon. Word is the talks for tight end Reggie Kelly have heated up again and that might bear some fruit before May is very old. The Bengals would love to see him sooner rather than later. Not only to check out his surgically-repaired Achilles, but also for him to give the kiddie corps at tight end some whiskers. Most of the rookies, led by No. 1 pick Jermaine Gresham, the former Oklahoma tight end, don’t arrive until next week.
Right tackle Andre Smith (foot) doesn’t look like he’ll be ready to go Tuesday. Starting safety Chris Crocker (ankle) is still rehabbing and backup SAM linebacker Rashad Jeanty (leg) won’t be ready until training camp after he had surgery. But starting SAM backer Rey Maualuga looks to be ready. Dhani Jones, the other network star who appeared Monday on Today, figures to be back at middle linebacker Tomorrow.
Two guys not to look for:
Former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell and former Bills receiver Terrell Owens.
The Bengals are about eight players over the 80-man limit for training camp and they’re looking to cut rather than add. That is what the number would be if all the draft picks are signed and they won’t start counting against the roster until late June, when the first ones figure to sign.
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