Michael Johnson sacks Stephen McGee
One preseason game is in the books and it wasn't pretty. While there were some bright spots, there were some issues.
While the Bengals are back at Georgetown getting ready for the Denver game, here are some Bengal topics to think about.
Against the Cowboys, the Bengals picked up five sacks.
Michael Johnson was the team's best pass rusher and had two sacks. He started the game and applied pressure on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. He then went on to dominate the Cowboys second stringers.
Geno Atkins picked up a sack while showing a lot of quickness, hustle, and explosiveness. He needs to go up against better talent in the upcoming games but it was a good first game. Atkins has a shot at getting some snaps this year but Tank Johnson should not be concerned about his job just yet.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Lewis said that Andre Smith starting the season on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) is “a viable option.”
While Marvin is thinking PUP, Andre should be working on not being a highly paid slacker. The Bengals have already dealt with him holding out and not having an interest in getting in shape. Smith has the potential to be a dominant lineman but he'll need to get moving to achieve that. He is in the second year of a four year deal.
Brian Leonard hurt his foot in the first preseason game. It doesn’t look to be a season ending injury but the Bengals have made some moves to fill the hole at running back.
Former Bengal James Johnson was signed. Cordera Eason was placed on waived/injured list and should move to the IR when he clears waivers.
The Bengals were already thin at fullback when Fui Vakapuna injured his shoulder. To fill the need, the Bengals coaching staff are giving linebacker Dan Skuta a look in the backfield. He was a high school running back so he is not exactly a fish out of water. He put up 1,092 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns at Flint, Michigan.
Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph is in the final year of his deal. Joseph and Leon Hall make up the best young cornerback duo in the league. This year, they combine to make $2.5 million.
Mike Zimmer has said that Joseph and Leon Hall give the Bengals defense the freedom to be great. Look for Joseph to get a five year deal for $40-$50 million.
Every Bengal fan knows that if Carson Palmer gets hurt, the team is in huge trouble. Both backups (Jordan Palmer and J.T. O'Sullivan) play as if they are scared. They both have been with the team for a long time and have shown no signs of improvement.
Quarterbacks to consider who are available or may be available are Jeff Garcia, Kerry Collins, and Charlie Frye.
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