CINCINNATI (AP) - With less than a week left before their first preseason game, the Bengals scaled back their annual training camp scrimmage and focused more on game-specific situations.
"We wanted to get through some plays, simulate the game as much as we can with everybody off the field, having to call plays and substitutions with the 25-second clock," coach Marvin Lewis said. "There were a lot of positives."
Earlier in the week, the offense got the better of the defense during a short-yardage drill.
"We didn't do too well in that period, so today was a good time to redeem ourselves," Peko said. "You've got to play live ball, and that short-yardage and goal-line (drill) was live."
Dalton, starting his second season as the starting quarterback, completed all five of his passes during the early part of the workout, including a pair to tight end Jermaine Gresham.
During last year's training camp scrimmage, the Bengals gave Dalton a lot more plays as he tried to learn the offense.
"It's a lot different because I'm not learning a lot of new stuff," Dalton said. "I'm picking up on a few new things but for the most part, I know what we're doing. I understand and grasp everything we're doing with protections. I understand that if I miss something one time, I know right away what I did wrong."
"I'm not all that concerned because we're going to get some of these guys back," defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said. "I think we have a good group and I feel good about the group. I think they'll compete, they'll do what we ask them to do and they all will tackle. It will be a good battle for all of those guys."