First-round pick Jermaine Gresham has missed the first two practices and his agent and the Bengals don’t appear to be close to a deal even though the two picks ahead of him at No. 21 are in. And it appears that agent Ben Dogra isn’t talking to the media about it, either.
Possible snafus? Dogra and his agency CAA have a raft of first-round picks and they may be trying to get one of their other guys signed first. Or, Tim Tebow, at No. 25, got some serious quarterback incentives that could balloon it to $33 million and that may be a factor.
Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said earlier this week that missing the entire first week of training camp is crushing because it is so heavy in review and installation.
» Safety Gibril Wilson got his foot stepped on and missed the latter part of Thursday night’s practice, but it didn’t look serious.
» Cornerback Leon Hall (back) thought a weekend return was possible
» The pads come on for the first time Saturday morning.
» Two former Bengals turned media mega stars, NFL Network’s Solomon Wilcots and Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham, signed off on the Terrell Owens move. Both played on Super Bowl teams in Cincinnati with a lot of weapons and saw the egos co-exist.
“If Issac Curtis was double covered, Kenny Anderson threw it to Cris (Collinsworth),” said Lapham, a member of the ’81 club. “If Cris was double covered, he threw it to Isaac. If they were both double covered, he threw it to (tight end) Danny Ross. … The bottom line is if you look in the huddle and what is looking back at you is guys trying to win the game and not get their numbers, then you know you’ve got it and that’s what we had.”
One nagging concern in this corner: Can the Bengals still be a team committed to the run and run a lot of three receiver sets? Wilcots says not to worry.
“They crushed the Bears with three receivers last year,” he said. “You can certainly do it. Your receivers have to block. T.O. is big guy who can block and Antonio Bryant is a tough guy that blocks.”
Wilcots isn’t looking for much blocking from The Ocho, but he likes the other two guys and how the three-receiver sets widens the running lanes.
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