Early Friday stuff

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on July 30, 2010 – 10:25 am

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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8 Responses to “Early Friday stuff”

  1. By theredbengal on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    I think being in a 3 receiver set is the best time to hand it off. 2005 Bengal offense ran a ton of 3 WR sets, and Rudi had his best year running the ball. The trio of Chad,TO, and Bryant will demand a nickel corner. There is no way getting around that. That means 1 less linebacker to deal with, which means Ced would have an easier time grabbing 5 or 6 yards on a run. The dynamic is too good to be true.

    I forsee a normal set of 3 wide, Kelly as the TE/H back (maybe Gresham eventually), and Ced, running the no huddle early in games. Or if we want to be pass happy, do the 3 WRs, Gresham, and Leonard. Put some quick points on the board early in games, and then pull a page from the patented Steeler playbook of old and run the ball down the defense’s throat.

  2. By 2ndboot on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe for the first time since being around Brat won’t have to catch all the flack for players lack of performing. For the past several years I’ve read page after page from guys who think they have far superior football knowledge than Brat then place the blame all on him when receivers can’t get open. With this crop of current ball catchers maybe it’ll be the actual receivers catching that flack if they fail to perform. I bet Brat would enjoy that instead of getting all the blame again. Then again, if they do perform at a super high level he’ll still not get any credit, but I’m sure he’s already gotten used to that.

  3. By dhathaway99 on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    Geoff On the rope line after yesterday’s practice, Paul Alexander was signing and I asked him where Andre Smith was. He rolled his eyes, shook his head and said “trust your eyes”. Whit came by next and when asked the same question, did the same disgusted eye roll and head shake and said to focus on who was there. Andre was next and blamed his foot. Conditoning appears to be a bigger issue than the foot, and it was clear the OL Coach and the leader of the O Line were upset he was using the foot as an excuse for being out of shape and not in the trenches with his guys.
    I think Anfre is a likely candidate for the Reserve PUP list and out for the first 6 games as I do not think Marvin is much into guys who do not want be there grionding it out. Do you agree Andre is fast approaching the bust category as last year’s #6 pick? categoreie?

  4. By alexsm1 on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    I’d like to hear some thoughts on Matt Jones. I’ve watched some of the training camp videos on and to me he doesn’t look near as quick and polished as the other receivers. To be honest I was really pumped about his signing. His size and speed coming out of college were better than Chris Henry’s.

  5. By overthroensamoan on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    I think Gresham will be ready in time. My biggest concern has and will always be the OL. Smith is looking more and more like a lazy slob who got his money and is now satsfied. Heaven help us if they loose next year to a lock out. Imagine this guy having another full year to set around and do nothing but eat. The Segway Palmer bought him would have to be fitted with tractor trailer tires and a supercharged V8 just to move this giant slug. How about Big Willie. He says he would like to play and mentor one more year. Could be just what A smith needs.

  6. By superbengalfan on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    Chase Coffman is the same height and weight as Gresham and if his foot is good he should be able to man up this year in blocking. I want to hear about Coffman if Gresham has an extended holdout. He should be able to do what Gresham does, he just wasn’t a 1st round pick.

  7. By tepidfan31 on Jul 30, 2010 | Reply

    I generally agree with most of the posts, and that if there is a year, this is it. Now, it all depends on two things, staying healthy and Palmer. To get the ring Palmer must have the form that he had a couple of years ago. If not, the window will close.

  8. By keeneysr on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    2ndboot: Bob Bratkowski gets the blame because he deserves it. If a wide receiver drops a ball, it’s his fault. When you run the same play two and three times in a row for 2 total yards then punt and do it again next time on the field then it’s the OCs fault. He is the most predictable playcaller in the NFL. In the past two seasons he has called the screen countless times and has only done so at the right time once, maybe twice to give him the benefit.

    As long as Bratkowski is the OC it doesn’t matter how late a recruit is to practice, because it will be the same ten-pages worth of plays being used on the field as the past five years. We have too much talent on offense to keep letting Bratkowski bog them down with poor and predictable playcalling. I can’t remember the last time he outcoached a DC from any team but Cleveland.

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