Not in recent memory has a Bengals camp started with such fanfare and success. A new personality in Terrell Owens has joined the Bengals. "Ocho Uno" and first-round draft pick Jermaine Gresham have signed with the shortest holdouts in three years. Record crowds are swarming Georgetown, Kentucky, hoping to catch a glimpse of the suddenly national story known at the 2010 Cincinnati Bengals.
Including the two days leading up to the start of camp (officially) on July 29th, the past week has generated excitement not remembered since the Bengals were training in Wilmington, Ohio.
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The Cincinnati Enquirer captured the Bengals as they moved into their dorm rooms.
On Tuesday, July 27th, fourth-round draft pick Roddrick Muckelroy (LB) signs, followed the next day by second-round pick Carlos Dunlap (DE) and third-round pick Jordan Shipley (WR).
The Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Muckelroy signed a four-year deal worth $2.215 million, Shipley $2.547 million, and Dunlap "signed a four-year deal worth $3.66 million with $1.79 million guaranteed."
According to Reedy, Shipley and Muckelroy agreed in principal on the 27th followed by Dunlap on the 28th.
After heavy lobbying during the off-season—including the Cincinnati Enquirer—by Bengals' receiver Chad Ochocinco seemingly went nowhere, renewed interest seemingly peaked in Terrell Owens when Carson Palmer began lobbying for T.O. to join the Bengals. First broken by the Elias Sports Bureau followed up by ESPN on July 27th, Owens signed a one-year, two million dollar contract with two million in performance based incentives.
Freddie Brown is waived to make room for T.O. on the roster, Bengals.com reports.
After being number 81 for one practice session, Antonio Bryant gracefully turned over number 81 to T.O. for a donation to one of Bryant's youth programs sponsored in Miami, Florida, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
As reported and critiqued across the nation (from ESPN to the Cincinnati Enquirer), two of the most dynamic (and historically volatile) personalities unite in their quest for a championship. Dubbed Batman and Robin by Chad, will this dynamic duo impress or distress?
The Bengals' got great news on July 30th when the Associated Press reported that Roger Goodell had decided not to punish Cedric Benson for his off-season altercation.
According to Bengals.com, "the biggest non-scrimmage crowd in 14 seasons of Bengals training camp at Georgetown College" was on hand for Saturday's practice—numbering 10,000. 6,500 showed up for T.O.'s debut the day before and with that camp has become a circus.
Carlos Holmes of the Dayton Daily News reports on July 29th that Matt Jones' "days are numbered." According to Holmes, Jones "is slow out of his breaks and lacks explosion off the line."
As training camp comes more into focus and the signing of T.O. is questioned in line with the prior acquisition of Antonio Bryant, images of Bryant out of pads and on the sideline emerge. As reported by Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bryant has missed seven straight practices as of Monday, August 2nd.
Evan Silva of NBC Sports website ProFootballTalk.com gathered reports from Pete Prisco of CBS Sports which state that Smith currently weighs 370 lbs, 20 pounds heavier than Smith's contracted weight. Reportedly, each game Smith is over weight means half a weekly paycheck. According to Mike Florio of the same site, this adds up to $31,700 per week.
Peter King of CNN's SI.com reports that Marvin Lewis is unhappy with Smith's "work eithic" due to the fact that Andre was not diligent in rehabbing his foot injury during the off-season.
Despite Nugent being listed No. 1 on the depth charts for kicker, David Rayner is coming on strong according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Rayner was six for six on Monday, August 2nd, connecting "twice from 26 then made kicks from 40, 44, 48 and 51 yards."
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports on August 2nd that Jermaine Gresham has signed a five-year contract worth $15.85 million (with incentives reaching $18.5 million) with $9.6 million guaranteed.
As reported by Joe Reedy, the new dynamic of Gresham at tight end will give another dimension to the Bengals' upgraded offense.
Peter King of SI.com is reporting that this is the the year Maualuga will take over at middle linebacker.
Stay tuned for more...