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Week In Review

Last week was relatively eventful in Bengal-land, with a lot of news coming out that bears interpretation and scrutiny.  Let’s take a look:

The team announced that they signed 11 undrafted college free agents over the course of the week, and they claimed to veterans off waivers in RB Cedric Peerman and S DeAngelo Willingham.  With the roster such that it is, I find it doubtful that any of these individuals will make the final cuts.  The team usually ends up seeing one or two guys make the team and/or practice squad, but it will be harder than ever this year, with the depth better than its been in years.

According to Hobson, the guy most likely to make the squad may be Mike Windt, who is getting entirely too much pub in my opinion for an undrafted long snapper.

These players were joined by the team’s 9 draft picks.  Apparently the team was very impressed with first round pick TE Jermaine Gresham, which is comforting.  Third-rounders WR Jordan Shipley and CB Brandon Ghee have also been getting rave reviews.  I hoped the team would select Shipley in pre-draft scribblings, and I’m glad they did.  I truly believe he will supplant Andre Caldwell as the #1 slot receiver and become a dependable target for Carson Palmer. 

Not much on Carlos Dunlap, unfortunately.  The second rounder with a first round grade didn’t impress the coaching staff as much as I hoped.

Kansas WR and 6th rounder Dez Briscoe admitted to being a Bengals fan growing up.  Nice.  It’s not often you hear about that.  By the way, Briscoe will most definitely take Jerome Simpson’s spot on the roster.  Bank on it.  His production as a Jayhawk has drawn comparisons to the late Chris Henry, and whereas Simpson is having trouble adjusting to the competition at this level, Briscoe is used to it.

Fourth-rounder DT Geno Atkins has impressed Zim with his quickness, and has won the coveted “first rookie nickname of the year” by being dubbed, “Taz.”

In other news, the team had a big name safety (Ken Hamlin) and a lesser known one (C.C. Brown) in for visits as they seem to recognize they are thin behind aging starters Chris Crocker and Roy Williams.  Unfortunatley, the team hasn’t signed either one as of this writing.

Adam “Pacman” Jones mentioned this week that his agent continues to talk with the Bengals about a potential fit.  When asked about it, Marvin Lewis seemed lukewarm to the idea, and made it sound like the team’s communications have been simply returning calls out of courtesy.  Some say Pacman’s best fit is with the Lions, and that’s where he’ll end up, but word out of Detroit is that they aren’t interested.  Personally, I think the team should do it.  They love their reclamation projects, and assuming he’s back to form, he’d be an upgrade over the likes of Morgan Trent and David Jones.  Additionally, if the scrum at the receiver position gets as hot as I think it will, having a non-WR who can return punts will be helpful.  Quan Cosby’s days in Cincy may be numbered, and I don’t want Shipley returning punts.

It was great to read that both Carson Palmer and Andrew Whitworth hung out at the rookie mini-camp.  Those two guys are the leaders of the offense, and their desire to be out there to see the newest additions to the team was nice. 

Lastly, to those who have been wondering:  Yes, I’ve been forced to watch Dancing With The Stars.  The truth is I never wanted to watch the show, but I had two things working against me. One, my wife wants to watch it, and two, I suppose I am obligated since Chad’s there.  Although he’s never separated himself and has yet to really wow the audience with either his athleticism or personality, he remains alive in the competition, and had his best performance to date last week.  Congrats Chad–keep it up!

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One Response to “Week In Review”

  1. […] classmate of the late Chris Henry, tried out before the draft, but was not signed to a contract.  I’ve made the case previously in this space that the team should sign him: Adam “Pacman” Jones mentioned this week […]

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