TippCityRick Posted July 31, 2007 Report Share Posted July 31, 2007 First he finds it alarming that Chris Henry gets to practice with the team in the preseason and play in games unlike Mr. Jones in Tennesee. Well Peter, since presumably Mr. Henry will be joining the team later this year how else would you presume he learn the offense and how else would the Bengals be able to determine if he is a viable option for the team this year? Mr. Henry will play football this year unlike Mr. Jones.Then he is "mind-boggled" (his word, however I believe he's always "mind" something) that the Bengals have been 8-8 three of Carson's four years. Well lets look back shall we . . .Rookie year he plays behind the comeback player of the year and one of your favorites Mr. Jon Kitna who leads them to an 8-8 finish. Second year is his first behind center and he leads them to 8-8 - not bad for a first year starter. Third year he leads the team to 11-5 and the playoffs where he suffers a devistating knee injury. Still a GREAT year!! Fourth year he makes a miraculous recovery from said injury and due to some meltdowns on defense (San Diego) and special teams (Denver and Pittsburgh) the team ends with a dissapointing 8-8 finish and out of the playoffs. Overall I would think that Carson has more than held up his end of the bargain.Lastly he believes that Bennis Brazell will replace Chris Henry for the first 8 games. I do hope that the coaching staffs of our opposition pay a great amount of attention to Mr. King so they never see Tab running past their db's and scoring the TD's that Chris has enjoyed in the past. Yes, I'm looking for great things from no. 88 this year.http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writ...card/index.htmlWhere's Peter Postcards From Camp Cincinnati Bengals Georgetown, Ky.| July 30, 2007 More Postcards From Camp Carson Palmer took his merry band of high-profile receivers to SoCal last month for some pre-camp polishing.Dan Beineke/WireImage.com In Georgetown, Ky., a stone's throw from Lexington, the central part of the state, and in the middle of horse country. Great setup for the Bengals here. Four excellent practice fields, a nice, small college stadium and condo-type dormitories 200 yards from the main field. Slightly more comfy than when I covered the Bengals for the Cincinnati Enquirer at Wilmington (Ohio) College in 1984. Back then, I spent many an oppressively humid night in the non-air conditioned dorms in the middle of corn country.Five Things I Think1. I think it certainly is odd to see Chris Henry practicing with the team, considering that Pacman Jones was not allowed by the NFL to practice with the Tennessee Titans. Jones has a year-long suspension, Henry eight games; but Henry will practice with the team until the real games start. That's a definite bug in the player-discipline system.2. I think there is no cause for alarm in Carson Palmer missing practice Monday morning at camp. Palmer and coach Marvin Lewis have a deal worked out whereby on some of the days that Lewis schedules two practices, Palmer weight-trains hard and practices only once. "There's nothing wrong with getting your other quarterbacks a lot of work with the first team," Lewis said. In this case, backup Doug Johnson got the majority of work with the first-stringers, and it is not likely you will ever confuse him for Palmer.3. Speaking of Palmer, I think all the reports I've seen and heard are that he's had a phenomenally accurate camp so far. His knee has been pain-free. "No issues with the knee whatsoever," Palmer told me Monday. "I was able to do all the normal stuff in the offseason, in terms of throwing and working out that I would do in any normal offseason."4. I think we should all be a little mind-boggled the Bengals have had such a great player as Palmer on their team for the last four years, and yet, they've finished 8-8 in three of the seasons.5. I think if you are looking for an impact rookie who will be ready to play opening day on the Bengals, you're looking at smooth-as-silk cornerback Leon Hall, the top pick from Michigan. Watching him cover on the practice field this morning, I thought I was looking at a fifth-year pro, not a rookie in his fifth pro practice. He looks confident and will compete with Deltha O'Neal for the starting job, opposite last year's first-round pick, Johnathan Joseph. Joseph is out with a foot injury right now, but the Bengals expect him to be ready to start the season.Did You Know? Rookie cornerback Leon Hall (Michigan) has already displayed the vit, vigor, talent and composure of an experienced NFL veteran.AP Palmer and four of his receivers spent two weeks in July working out together at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Palmer invited all his receivers to come to Southern California for some pre-camp polishing, and they are all raving about starting camp in late-August form, instead of mid-July form.Insider Fantasy TipHeading into your draft, you're going to be asking: "Who's going to replace Henry as Palmer's deep threat this season?" While the Bengals definitely have not made up their minds, one guy you should watch in preseason games is former LSU track man Bennie Brazell. Unlike many sprinters trying to make a mark in football, Brazell has above-average hands and has shown the ability to take a hit and come back for more. He would do wonders as a much-needed burst of speed, and Palmer would love to fit that kind of guy into the receiving rotation.On the MenuThe Bengals are one of few teams that don't allow the media to eat at their training table. That's perfectly fine. It gave me the chance to grade the cheeseburger at Dairy Queen in Georgetown on Monday. A dry patty, too much mustard, a thin tomato slice and a piece of cheese only about half-melted. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play? Grade: D.Camp ConfidentialI caught a lot of flak in Monday Morning Quarterback a couple of weeks ago for making the Bengals a middle-of-the-pack team in my preseason NFL ratings. I doubt I'm going to change my mind after seeing them in person. I think the offense will be explosive because Palmer will be Palmer and, obviously, he's got plenty of weapons. But I just don't see a defense that is markedly better in any area than the unit that let them down so much last year. I think acquiring an impact player in free agency or trade (someone like Joey Porter, for instance) would have been a huge lift to this team, but there was appreciable help forthcoming in free agency. Leon Hall will help a cornerback-needy secondary, but the front seven needed an infusion of talent and fire. And it never came. Without that addition, I think the Bengals are a lot closer to 8-8 than to 12-4. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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