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A.J. Green catching balls again at practice
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 11:28pm
Two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green hadn't caught a ball against the defense in three weeks, but in the last public workout of training camp at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday morning his hands and the 60ish-degree temperatures ushered in the fall season.
Green, who bruised his knee on the first day of training camp, caught everything but flak. He caught deep ones, comebacks, hauled in two red-zone touchdowns on his patented fade route, and generally behaved like he never had a day off.
The knee is a non-issue. Draft him as you normally would.
A.J. Green (knee) returns to individual drills
Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 2:04pm
Draft Green as you normally would. His return leaves plenty of time for the knee to heal.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 8:35am
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green looks like he may give it a go on Wednesday after Tuesday's day off, which would be 19 days after he bruised his knee on the second day of camp. But still don't look for him in Saturday's 7 p.m. game against the Titans.
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 1:14pm
During the first week of camp, the rookie tight end has pulled down 10 or more catches a day from Andy Dalton in 11-on-11 drills while also showing improvement as a run blocker. With A.J. Green out for all but one practice, the first-round draft pick is definitely Dalton's favorite target.
Tyler Eifert shining in camp
Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:03am
TE Tyler Eifert was expected to add another dimension to Cincinnati's run-of-the-mill passing game, which ranked 17th in the league last season. With All-Pro receiver A.J. Green sidelined by a knee injury in camp, Eifert has been getting the ball more than many others with a lot more experience.
Cincinnati may have found someone to take the defense's focus off Green.
"He's done everything we thought and more," offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. "He's just one of those guys that when he makes a play, you kind of look around and see if anybody else saw what he just did.
"He's running routes and catching the ball. He's very natural at what he does. He can beat man coverage no problem. He can beat zones. He's got a great feel for the game."
A.J. Green should be "fine" after landing awkwardly
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 6:35pm
Coach Marvin Lewis doesn't seem worried after Green after awkwardly fell at practice, according to Geoff Hobson of the team's official website.
"I think he's fine," Lewis said. "They went inside just to take a look, but I think he's fine."
Green was on the ground for a few minutes being attended to by trainers, who looked at his left knee. Green eventually was able to walk off the field; he didn't require a cart.
Lewis's words are encouraging, so there's no reason to push the panic button just yet.
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 10:01am
ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley on WR Mohamed Sanu: "I saw him at the mandatory minicamp and he looked rusty in the one practice that I watched. Sanu dropped a couple of easy passes. But that could have been an "off" day for him. I expect him to start next to Green this year."
Wer'e also expecting Sanu to start for the Bengals. He never broke the 50-yard mark in 2012, but he did score four TDs in three games and could surprise as the Bengals' WR2 in 2013. He'll benefit from all the attention teams will pay to A.J. Green and Andy Dalton is a capable quarterback.
Cecil Shorts to train with Larry Fitzgerald (again)
Friday, June 7, 2013, 11:29am
"I wanted to get stronger to be able to get off the press and be more powerful," Shorts said. "When I watch film, guys like A.J. Green, Michael Crabtree, Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, they all explode off the ball. Getting of the jam and being able to shed is important. You have to be strong to hold your own. I feel stronger. I feel more explosive."
When the team took 11 days off recently, Shorts didn't. He spent his time at the facility working with the rookies, who didn't get the time off. Later this summer, he will head to Minneapolis to work out with Larry Fitzgerald, whose workouts are legendary for being tough. Shorts trained with Fitzgerald, and some others, last summer.
"Fitzgerald is the ideal pro," Shorts said. "He's an extremely hard worker, extremely humble. He's the professional of all professionals. He gets it. You can see why he's one of the best. I want to work to get there."
All but one piece (QB play) is in place for Shorts to build on his breakout season. Blaine Gabbert did have a higher average FP/T (1.49) in passes to Shorts than Chad Henne did (1.30), but Henne targeted Shorts on a much higher percentage of his attempts (25%) than Gabbert (17%), per Pro Football Reference. So if Gabbert throws to Shorts more, it should mean big things for the third-year wideout.
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 10:32am
Last season, the Bengals’ most effective personnel package might have been one tight end, three wide receivers and one back with Mohamed Sanu and Andrew Hawkins complementing A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham. OC Jay Gruden said the plan is still to feature that package quite a bit, probably in nickel.
“It’s just that our base package will probably feature more two tight ends (including rookie Tyler Eifert), two receivers rather than one tight end two backs,” he said. “We can get everything in our running game in that personnel group. It’s taking out a fullback and putting in a heck of a pass catcher and hopefully a good blocker. We like to mix up our personnel groupings and keep defenses off balance hopefully and be diverse in what we do. Our goal is to get our best players on the field.”
If the Bengals can force defenses to go nickel on first and second down with two tight ends on the field as the Patriots do, running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard are going to see a lot of daylight. The key is Eifert being multi-dimensional—not just a pass catcher.
“If Tyler is a good blocker, that puts us in a good advantage in the run game,” Gruden said. “That’s what New England does so well. They get teams to match up nickel with them and they can run the ball effectively out of that two tight end set. They have an extra big body blocking. Tyler has a long way to go to prove he’s a good blocker. Training camp will help him. Coach [Jonathan] Hayes has been around tight ends for a long time and is a great tutor for him.”
Eifert is going to have a tough time getting enough snaps to be fantasy relevant as a TE2.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:28pm
Bengals WR Mohammed Sanu confirms 100 percent: 'No nagging pain.'