Chances for running back Bernard Scott haven’t come often, so the third-year back has to make the most of it when he is on the field.
Scott will get a chance to show his stuff this Sunday as he is the expected starter versus the Seahawks while Cedric Benson serves his one-game suspension.
The Bengals knew that the suspension to Benson was coming — it was originally a three-game ban that was reduced — so that may be the reason Scott got a season-high 11 carries two weekends ago versus the Colts. The 198-pound back also got some extra work as the club was off this past weekend.
The additional time to prepare should be big for Scott, who hasn’t rushed for 100 yards in a game since Nov. 22, 2009 during his rookie year and didn’t post more than 50 on the ground in a game last year. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden doesn’t expect to alter his approach without Benson, even with the Seahawks yielding a respectable 105 yards per game on the ground.
“We’re not going to stop running the ball because their good. We’re going to challenge our offensive line, our fullbacks, backs and tight ends and see what they can do,” said Gruden.
Sunday could also mark the season debut of cornerback Adam Jones, who began the season on the physically unable to perform list due to a herniated disc in his neck. The oft-troubled Jones practiced on Monday.
“I feel like I’m ready to go. I’ve done a great job preparing, the coaches have been a great job preparing me. I give them all the credit for it,” said Jones. “I’m just taking it one day at a time and when it’s time for my number to be called, I’ll be ready.”
Jones will add depth to a secondary that features starters Leon Hall and Nate Clements and has helped the Bengals rank second overall in total defense despite the offseason loss of Johnathan Joseph.
One has to wonder just how much Jones will be able to give right away. The 28- year-old former first-round pick, who can also help in the return game, has played in just five games since the start of the 2009 season.
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