The team's new offensive coordinator installed running back Jeremy Hill, the team's second-round pick, ahead of veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the first day of OTAs Tuesday. Giovani Bernard took snaps as the starter, according to the team's official website.
It's only the first day of voluntary practices, but Jackson is sending a message. It's not a hugely surprising one if you listened to NFL Media's Bucky Brooks on a recent "Around The League Podcast," during which he said that Hill will be a huge part of what the Bengals do on offense this season. Green-Ellis declined comment to the team's official website.
That wasn't the only change that Jackson implemented on Day 1. The team displayed a faster pace with more formation variation and "unconventional" plays than usual.
"The first play, (the offense) did a nice little run," said safety Danieal Manning. "But then they did shifts and motions and then a reverse. I'm saying, 'Oh, I know how practice is going to be.'"
We've also heard from Cincinnati that Marvin Jones should take over as a true No. 2 wide receiver, and there will be more vertical shots down the field. Time will tell if the Bengals' offense will be better. But it certainly should be more interesting under Jackson than previous coordinator Jay Gruden.
"I can tell it's going to be a lot different. It's going to be a shake, I tell you that," said cornerback Adam Jones.