A few highlights from Marvin Lewis’ press conference and Sirius NFL Radio’s training camp tour of the Bengals camp:
-Radio hosts Solomon Wilcots and Jim Miller were rather impressed with the efficiency of the Bengals offense. The guys noted that they didn’t see the football bouncing around a lot, which is indicative of poor throws, bad routes, or miscommunication between quarterbacks and receivers. Part of that might be due to the supposed simplicity of Jay Gruden’s new offense. It also could be a good sign about rookie Andy Dalton.
-Lewis called Dalton’s poise “exceptional” and said that the team around him is stronger than when Carson Palmer arrived as a rookie in Cincinnati.
-Lewis said the starters will play more than usual against the Lions, which will make the game much more watchable than many other preseason debuts. The most important thing, of course, is keeping everyone healthy.
-Lewis also said that rookie running back Jay Finley will be a player for the Bengals. Finley has reportedly impressed in camp with some breakaway speed and solid skills. That might put him on the 53-man roster if the team keeps four running backs.
-Nate Clements gave the Bengals defense good reviews. The secondary especially, even though it might not be filled with big-name players, has an assemblage of early-round picks.
-Is it me or does Jordan Palmer seem to be doing pretty well at camp? Palmer is getting fewer snaps than Dalton and backup Bruce Gradkowski, but it seems his passing statistics and overall play have been pretty good, perhaps even better than Gradkowski. It will be interesting to see how he does in what figures to be extended playing time against the Lions.