Posted on: July 26, 2010 2:59 pm
CINCINNATI – Bengals owner Mike Brown and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis haven’t always agreed when personnel issues arise.
Brown fancies himself a redeemer – which is why the Bengals always seem to bring in players of ill repute – while Lewis is constantly trying to keep a harmonious locker room with no single individual who feels he can run amok. The most infamous disagreement occurred in 2007 when Brown re-signed WR Chris Henry over Lewis’ public objections.
Today at the annual Bengals media preseason luncheon, Brown seemed excited about the possibility of adding Terrell Owens, saying he looked into Owens’ eyes when the two met earlier this year and came away convinced Owens could add to the team without taking anything away. Lewis, at least in months past, hasn’t seemed keen on the idea of bringing on another receiver that attempts to hijack all the attention of the locker room.
But perhaps QB Carson Palmer changed his coach’s perception last week when he worked out with Owens in California and called to give Lewis his positive report.
“Carson’s comments to me … let’s just say … they resonate well,” Lewis said. “I know when Carson has something on his mind when he calls me and I call him back from an unknown number and he answers. I know something serious was on his mind.”
The Bengals, it turns out, are serious about wanting to sign Owens – who also is attracting strong interest from the Rams.
“We’re talking with his representatives and with him,” Brown said. “When he was here, I met with him personally. Privately, he’s not the same as his public image is depicted. He’s a pleasant person. He’s a quiet person. I found him engaging. I do trust my own eyes on this sort of thing. If he chooses to come here, he could help our team. We’ll see how that plays out. It’s his decision.
“I judge him by what I see. There’s a lot of commentary about people who are in the public eye. Some of it is way overboard. Some it is because people don’t know the whole situation. Yes, people can make mistakes. It doesn’t mean they go on the rest of their lives making mistakes. They can get their ship pointed in the right direction. This is a 36-year old man. He’s been through a lot. He’s proven as a player.”
The Bengals, from a personnel stance, don’t really need to make this move. Owens wasn’t great in Buffalo last year – though, to be fair, Ryan Fitzpatrick was the one throwing passes his way – and the Bengals have plenty of depth in their receivers room.
Chad Ochocinco is No. 1 and free agent acquisition Antonio Bryant – who the Bengals signed instead of Owens – is the No. 2 receiver. At best, Owens would be the No. 3 threat, but it’s clear Andre Caldwell would try to stake his claim there. Plus, rookie Jordan Shipley, an inside receiver, was impressive in offseason workouts and is a lock to make the roster. Cincinnati also has youth at the position with third-year player Jerome Simpson and second-year player Quan Cosby fighting with Matt Jones for the final roster spots.
“Somebody is going to get stifled,” Lewis said. “There’s no way around that. It’s one of the difficulties of professional sports is that balance. What is the best thing for 2010 and long-range and trying to fit that balance together.”
So, why bring in Owens? Simple, Brown said. He’s still a good player.
“He changes field position,” Brown said. “He makes a lot of long plays, plays that win games. I’d rather have him line up on our side of the ball than the other side of the ball.”
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Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:20 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 1:42 pm
Colt McCoy and longtime ladyfriend Rachel Glandorf got married this past weekend. Did you know? Probably not. Do you care? Again, not likely.
But thanks to TMZ there's a pretty golden little country nugget that came out of the festivities: Jordan Shipley serenading the reception with his original country song, "When I Grow Up I Want to Be Just Like Colt McCoy."
The song is, to be perfectly honest, pretty good, all things considered. (Like, for instance: it's a country song, Shipley isn't a singer, it's at a wedding, it's original, it references McCoy being a ninja, etc., etc.) And it's pretty damn funny too, particularly the part about Tim Tebow .
Since, you know, McCoy's entire life has basically been overshadowed by the former Gator and potential savior of all mankind the Broncos. The reference hit home too, apparently, because the entire reception went b-a-n-a-n-a-s when Shipley dropped the line.
(Tebow reference is about the 1:50 mark; TMZ doesn't let us embed so click here to watch , autoplay warnings and whatnot).
Random (and likely stupid) fashion note: is it just me, or does McCoy look like he's rocking a short-sleeve buttondown at his own wedding? I'm sure that's not the case, but I find it immensely amusing to think that he would, in some sort of Office Space way.
-- Will Brinson
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Posted on: June 22, 2010 11:50 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 12:03 am
CINCINNATI – The Bengals on Tuesday released WR Chris Davis, and though the team had signed him to a free agent deal in March, the transaction was not surprising. Not surprising in the least.
Cincinnati’s receiving room, after all, is awfully crowded and awfully loaded with talent. Some deserving players will not make the 53-man roster, and after the final offseason workout of the year, Bengals receivers coach Mike Sheppard glowed with the anticipation of who he’ll work with when the season begins.
“They’ve been challenged,” Sheppard said. “It’s always fun to see how a group responds to a challenge.”
Without Davis around, 10 receivers will vie for what should be six spots when the team breaks camp for the regular season – it’s not impossible the Bengals would take seven receivers, but it’s highly unlikely. Of those 10, four are most likely locks – Chad Ochocinco, free agent signee Antonio Bryant, third-round draft pick Jordan Shipley (perhaps the most impressive player during last week’s mini-camp) and Andre Caldwell – who Sheppard pointed out was faster than anybody else at the position and who was invaluable at times last season.
Jones: He’s tall, and he seems to have good hands. Plus, he’s a former college QB, so when you want to pull out a trick play or two, he’d be a good candidate. But his feet have been slow, and he’s been out of the NFL for a year. He’s been solid, but not spectacular.
Cosby: His biggest strength – at least, last year – is his punt returning ability, as evidenced by his 11.9 yard return average and the fact he led the league in return yards (he also led the league, it should be noted, in punts returned). He began to have an impact in the passing game late in the season, but his height (5-foot-9) doesn’t help. Plus, he’ll have competition at punt return with Adam Jones and Shipley on the squad.
Simpson: The second-round pick from 2008 has been a big disappointment for the Bengals – he’s been active for only eight of his 32 career games while making one measly catch for two yards. Simpson, knowing he’ll have a tough time making the squad this year, had a fantastic offseason, but there are still questions about how well he knows the playbook.
Briscoe: Until he missed much of the offseason with a groin injury, the coaching staff was really high on the sixth-round pick. His former receiver coach at Kansas called him the best receiver he’d ever mentored, and his leaping ability is tops on the Bengals squad. He’s got some ridiculous highlights from college, but he’s missed out by being absent for so many practices.
Purify: We don’t know much about Purify, because he’s only played five games in his two NFL seasons (he’s spent most of his time on the Bengals practice squad). But he’s a special teams stalwart, and last season, he provided the highlight of training camp by dominating SS Roy Williams – quite a hard hitter himself – in the Oklahoma drill.
Brown: If we don’t know much about Purify, we know even less about Brown, except that the local scribes enjoy calling him Downtown Freddie Brown. I’d be shocked if Brown made the roster.
So, my prediction for who makes the squad? Well, it’s tough to say before training camp, but the Facts & Rumors blog aims to please. I’m thinking Briscoe and Cosby will make it. I could see Simpson making a run at a spot, but he’d have to have an outstanding camp to have a shot. I don't think he'll play well enough to manage it.
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