Early Friday notes: T.O. gets open (letter); Hot spot

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on August 20, 2010 – 8:00 am

Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens got open Friday morning before that night’s game against the Eagles at Paul Brown Stadium.

In an open letter to “Who Dey Nation” that appeared in Friday’s edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer, Owens thanked Bengals president Mike Brown for the chance to play and promised “focus stronger than you’ve ever seen it.”

“The Bengals are now my extended family and I look forward to learning more about your city, teammates, coaches and you all,” Owens wrote. “This is my home and I’m happy to be in the Midwest. I’m confident in our team’s chances of winning the title, so anything less than the playoffs is unacceptable to us. It will definitely take a fight but if my gut is correct, Who Dey Nation will be proud this season. I signed here for a reason.

“With hard work and unity, this team will restore power and respect. We’re focused on playing in Texas on Feb. 6. Just take a look at my calendar, the date is saved. Let’s make the Jungle roar this season! “

Before signing off, “Yours truly, Terrell Owens aka T.O. aka “I’m Batman!” Owens said he has “learned that life can be more challenging but I’ve matured.”

HOT SPOT: The roster wild card as the Bengals try to advance beyond the Wild Card is that running back spot they have to keep for injured Brian Leonard (foot).

With Leonard not expected to play until the second game of the year against the Ravens at PBS at the earliest, the Bengals have to keep an extra back to join Leonard, Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott. James Johnson would seem to have the edge because of his knowledge of the system, but Cedric Peerman has some moves. The Bengals coached him at the ’09 Senior Bowl and liked him but were wary of his ball security.

So where is the position where they go with one less? Probably not in the secondary, where the cardinal rule is six cornerbacks and four safeties. It would seem they have to keep just eight defensive linemen or just six linebackers. Keeping just two quarterbacks or just five receivers would seem to be a longshot, but…

It is still extremely early in the process when you consider they could be making key additions five days before the opener off the waiver wire. There have been seasons where they added a kicker (2003) and a backup quarterback (2007) that late.

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