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Cincy gets very different camp without T.Ochocinco, Palmer

  • By Pat Kirwan
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Cincinnati Bengals
Georgetown, Ky.
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Clear up QB situation
Carson Palmer is not coming back, Andy Dalton is a rookie and Bruce Gradkowski is a fiery competitor that is really a backup in the NFL. Will the Bengals use this season to give experience to Dalton with an eye on the future, or try and win a few extra games with a veteran? Coach Marvin Lewis needs a contract extension of more than one year before this project starts.
The new offense under Gruden
New offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has never run an NFL offense. The veteran QB that usually throws well over 20 touchdowns a year is gone. The top two receivers from 2010, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, who combined for 139 receptions and 13 touchdowns, are also gone. It might be time for the Bengals to focus on running the ball a lot, but the Ravens and Steelers defenses are built to stop that philosophy. Keep a close eye on how this offense looks this summer.
How to replace Joseph
Johnathan Joseph is an excellent cover corner, but he's now with the Houston Texans and it will be interesting to see who wins the job, and how the coverages and pressure packages change. Rey Maualuga now moves into the middle linebacker spot to complicate things even more, so keep an eye on how the first-team defense plays this preseason.

Top position battle

Should the Bengals go with the veteran Gradkowski, or try the rookie Dalton right away?



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