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Bengals Invite Fans to Practice at Paul Brown Stadium

Updated on August 2, 2012
Bengals rookie Mohamed Sanu Shows His Knack for Grabs in the Red Zone
Bengals rookie Mohamed Sanu Shows His Knack for Grabs in the Red Zone

Bengals Invite Fans to Practice at Paul Brown Stadium

by Robb Hoff

August 2, 2012

What better way to cap another win by the best team in Major League Baseball -- the Cincinnati Reds -- than to walk a couple of blocks from the beautiful setting of Great American Ball Park to the equally picturesque environs of Paul Brown Stadium where the Cincinnati Bengals held a training camp practice free and open to the public.

The Bengals surprised their fans last year with a playoff berth but left quite a lot to be desired after a sound beating by the Houston Texans in their playoff game.

During Thursday's practice, the Bengals flashed signs of what led them to their success behind last year's rookie tandem of QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green when Green snared a 50-yard bomb pinpointed by Dalton in the corner of the end zone.

Bengals fans also got a glimpse of what might be in store for this year with rookie WR Mohamed Sanu making a strong showing and WR Jordan Shipley showing he's back to speed after suffering a torn ACL last year.

The Bengals defensive line again looks like it should be among the best in the National Football League this year and the linebacking corps also shows it should remain strong despite the loss of Brandon Johnson and the possible suspension of Rey Maulaluga.

The secondary is a little more problematic and veteran CBs Nate Clemens and Terence Newman are likely to have a lot asked of them to complement Leon Hall as he returns from an Achilles' tendon tear last year. The Bengals will test a mix of veterans and youth to shore up the pass defense on the edge and nickel, especially now that first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick appears to be out for the foreseeable future. The Bengals secondary will have the luxury of a budding superstar in safety Reggie Nelson to make up for lost ground.

As long as Dalton stays upright and in the game, the Bengals should expect to contend for the AFC Central division again because the defense doesn't look like it has lost a step.

Coach Marvin Lewis fresh off a two-year contract extension may have gotten knocked backwards heels-over-head during a testy drill between receivers and defensive backs Thursday evening, but the stability the longstanding coach brings to the team should help the Bengals start the season believeing they can do what only two other Bengals teams have done -- reach the Super Bowl.


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      Robb Hoff 5 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      Tough to play in the AFC North because of the defenses but it'll be interesting to see what Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden can do.

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      HolmesUkraine 5 years ago

      Don't sleep on the Browns! Adam Kaplan thinks they will be the turnaround story of the season.