It was a good weekend for the Bengals, as coach Marvin Lewis seemed pleased with the work and effort of his club in their first minicamp. “I think it was a really productive three days,” Lewis said after the minicamp concluded. “It was a good weekend for us to get to know and get a feel for the guys we drafted and certainly for them to get acclimated to what we do.”
There are plenty of players, new and old, that have a lot to prove. One player that seemed to turn some heads early on is 3rd round pick Michael Johnson, who seems to be the real deal. He played both D-line and linebacker over the weekend, and it seemed like the coaches liked what they saw from him every time he took the field.
“The ability to learn and take the fine points of coaching on to the practice field is something that was really encouraging,” Lewis said. “He has incredible athletic ability and the opportunity to help at different spots will be there.”
Lewis liked the outlook of a couple of running backs – 6th round pick Bernard Scott, and fullbacks Fui Vakapuna and Chris Pressley. “I’m very pleased with our choices and I would say most exceeded expectations,” offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said. “Overall it is a sharp group that combined athleticism with intelligence.”
And so it goes, it was a good start for a Bengals club that needs a good infusion of youth from the new players, and for the vets to come back and play a whole lot better than they did during the disaster of last season.
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