AJ Green has been getting a lot of notice, but wide receiver Jerome Simpson garnered some attention of his own Monday night with an outstanding performance at Georgetown College. Simpson showed some acrobatic moves of his own in hauling in a long pass from Bruce Gradkowski. Along with Green, Andre Caldwell, and Jordan Shipley, the Bengals look very strong at wide receiver thus far.
The offense still has a ways to go, however. To a man, the returning offensive players love new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's schemes. "It makes sense," said one Bengal when comparing this year's offensive strategy to those in the past under Bob Bratkowski. Still, there are kinks to be worked out. False starts continued to be a problem last night and rookie quarterback Andy Dalton still has a long way to go in making sure he and his targets are on the same page. Rey Maualuga picked Dalton off on what looked to be a misread by either Dalton or running back Brian Leonard. Without any offseason workouts, the Bengals are under the gun to get these worked out before the season starts on September 11.
Also shining last night was rookie tight end Colin Cochart out of North Dakota State. Cochart made several outstanding run blocks while working with the first team.
On the injury front, DE Carlos Dunlap remained out along with RB Bernard Scott and CB Adam Jones. Safety Gibril Wilson made his first appearance at camp last night coming back from knee surgery. He added a little spice to the workout getting into a skirmish at one point with a rookie defensive back.
The Bengals are back in action this afternoon at Georgetown.
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