The NFL is like anything else in America, from the PTA to the White House. Things don’t happen unless there’s a deadline and with the bulk of the training camps not set to open until the last few days of July, rookie deals won’t be coming fast and furious until seven to 10 days beforehand.
That’s about when the Bengals coaching staff is expected back to work to put the finishing touches on a training camp schedule that opens Thursday, July 29. But there was some activity at Paul Brown Stadium in the hours after the Fourth of July holiday.
Head coach Marvin Lewis surfaced Tuesday from his USO Tour to Afghanistan. Two layers of plywood and a layer of plastic are bracing the field for Saturday night’s monster truck show. Negotiations have started with some rookies and word is that fifth-rounder Otis Hudson, a backup right guard from Eastern Illinois, is about to join sixth-rounder Dez Briscoe in the fold.
With the intrasquad scrimmage and the Mock Game iced from the Georgetown College schedule because of the Bengals’ appearance in the Aug. 8 Hall of Fame Game, the club and school are trying to turn the Saturday night practice on July 31 from 7-9 into some kind of a special event but they are still working out the particulars of what and when. The Bengals open with a morning and night session on the 29th and the third day is around the time Lewis gears up the Oklahoma Drill. But all of it is speculation at the moment.
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