During an intrasquad scrimmage, Aaron Brown made his case for more snaps in the preseason games with a 34-yard touchdown up the left sideline. Earlier in the scrimmage, Brown contributed on special teams when he was able to keep a Kevin Huber punt out of the end zone and it was downed by Chris Lewis-Harris at the 2.
"It was a stretch and it was wide open. There was one guy to beat and the receiver made picked it up and made it easy for me to read," Brown said of the touchdown.
Brown was claimed on waivers from Detroit back in February and could end up being a surprise to make the final roster. He should see increased carries with injuries to Bernard Scott and Daniel Herron.
--After seeing the statistics that Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham put up last season, tight end Jermaine Gresham has been extremely blunt about what he needs to do this year.
"I look at it as I have to step it up because those guys are setting historic numbers," Gresham said. "I have to step my game up to get where those guys are at, to even be considered with them. Right now I'm not even close.
"I'm very, very average, below average right now. I need to excel at things so I can be on the top-level tier with those guys. It's just that simple."
Last season Gresham became the first Bengals tight end since Dan Ross in 1981 to have two straight seasons of 50 receptions or more. He finished second on the team in receptions (56), fourth in receiving yards (596) and was tied for second in touchdowns with six after missing two games due to a hamstring injury.
That is small consolation though when looking at what Gronkowski and Graham have done.
Both Gronkowski and Graham became the first tight ends in league history to have over 1,300 receiving yards in a season. Gronkowski had 1,327 with 13 touchdowns and Graham had 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden though thinks that the self flogging doesn't need to be done.
Said Gruden of Gresham: "He looks at stats a little too much. He has to go play his position. His position has never seen guys put up the numbers they did last year. He has can't get concerned with other people's stats. He has to do what he's supposed to do here which is block in the running game and make plays when he's supposed to."
"It was a mutual understanding. I got him on that play and we compete every single day," Smith said. "It is just two guys competing and having fun. We were in pads for the first day."
Smith continues to show progress after a breakthrough year last season in which he played in all but two games. This year's camp also marked the first time that Smith has been healthy and practiced the first five days.
QUOTE OF NOTE
"It's a great honor. I was very upset I wasn't two. I don't know who three and two are, but I'm very upset (laughing). No, really, it's great. I had a great career over there. I loved playing. It's a tough sport." -- Gruden on being named the fourth greatest player in Arena League history
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