As we head into the weekend, here’s a look at the Bengals news of the day:
TE Reggie Kelly appears to be fully recovered from a ruptured Achille’s tendon suffered in training camp, and has worked out for the team. He tells Bengals.com that although other teams have expressed interest, he want to re-sign with Cincinnati. Assuming he’s healthy, signing him would be an excellent move. It would free the team up for more flexibility in the draft, provide the team with a solid blocker at the TE position, and bring veteran leadership to the locker room.
I wrote last week that the team needed to sign an OG, a TE, and Marvin Lewis before the draft. Shortly thereafter they re-signed Bobbie Williams. Looks like they’ll get the TE done too.
Morgan State WR E.J. Morton-Green is rumored to be coming in to Cincinnati to work out for the Bengals next week. Morton-Green only caught 24 passes and 2 touchdowns in 2009, but possesses rare size (6-4, 215 pounds) and good speed (4.41 40-yard dash). Here’s some video:
University of Cincinnati DB Brad Jones has been invited to the Bengals’ local prospects scouting day April 13th at PBS. According to NFP, Jones has impressed in workouts despite not being invited to the combine.
Also it’s been reported the team worked out Northwestern QB Mike Kafka this week. Kafka has good size (6-3, 225) and apparently gained fame with scouts by throwing a last second TD pass in the East-West Shrine game. It’s unclear if he feels this whole process has been a “trial” or if he will complete his “metamorphosis” into an NFL QB. I suppose we’ll wait and see. In the meantime, check out these highlights of him in the aforementioned all-star game:
Meanwhile, Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen impressed at his pro day today, especially Seattle’s Pete Carroll. Additionally, Tim Tebow may now be sneaking back into first round consideration. All of this is good news for the Bengals as the more QB’s are selected in the first 20 picks, the better the chances the team will land the player or players (Thomas, Bryant, Pierre-Paul etc) they really want.
Rey Maualuga is looking to get some time at MIKE Backer during the OTA’s.
“Big C” reports that South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul visited Cincinnati after Marvin Lewis and Jay Hayes attended his pro day. Pierre-Paul will likely be gone by 21, but if he isn’t, he may be the team’s number 1 target. As for Pierre-Paul, he sounds excited to potentially wear stripes:
“The visit went well,” Pierre-Paul said early this week. “I can definitely see myself playing for the Bengals. I love the style of defense they play and could do a lot of things in it. I could rush the passer or stand up and play outside linebacker in their scheme. My game would be ridiculous in that defense.”
On the negative side (or the positive) there are new reports of his immaturity which may impact his draft status.
Here’s some vid on him:
And lastly, on the lighter side of the news, while Cincinnati was locking up kick-butt Center Kyle Cook yesterday, the Brownies were signing our former failed Center, Eric Ghiacuic. The dude couldn’t make the Chiefs roster. Ought to make a great addition in Cleveland.
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