In the extended (and perhaps permanent) absence of Carson Palmer, Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth is filling the leadership void. The latest proof arrived yesterday, with word that Whitworth and defensive tackle Domata Peko are planning a team workout for next week in Cincinnati. According to Joe Reedy, Whitworth and Peko, essentially the team’s biggest voices on offense and defense, are trying to gather all the position groups that have been separated this offseason for a collective workout in the Queen City. Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton is expected to be there and will also be staying with Whit during the workouts.
And honestly, what’s not to love about Big Whit? This is the same guy that exchanged fisticuffs with Jaguars defensive tackle John Henderson, giving life to a Bengals team that had been desperate for wins a few years back. This is the same guy who has quietly put together some Pro Bowl caliber seasons, shutting out some of the best pass rushers in the division. And this is the same guy who is now adopting the future of the Cincinnati franchise, easing his adjustment to the NFL.
Bravo Big Whit. The Bengals need more leaders.
And you’re turning out to be a big one.
Click the image for Reedy’s story on the workouts.