CINCINNATI -- Quarterback Jordan Palmer is gathering Bengals offensive players for offseason workouts in California, assuming his brother's role as the team leader.
Palmer told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday that he'll host most of the Bengals' receivers, tight ends and running backs next week. They'll work out at Palmer's high school in Mission Viejo.
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"I've got them staying in a hotel, got a trainer and everything set up for them," Palmer said. "It should be good and take some steps in the right direction. It's my first thing, really, as a leader. I want to be the guy, so I'm just trying to do those things."
"I'm going to prepare like I'm the starter until somebody tells me I'm not," Jordan Palmer said. "If you're the backup and the starter gets hurt or is traded or retires, you're next in line. That's the natural progression."
"A lot could change with my situation next week," Jordan Palmer said.
"We're going to throw and talk about the new offense a little bit, the little we've got -- concepts and stuff," Palmer said. "It should be good."
Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco were the Bengals' top receivers last season. Owens is a free agent who won't be back. Ochocinco has one year left on his deal but could be released. Neither will be at the workouts next week.
"I think everybody's kind of assuming they're not going to be back," Jordan Palmer said.
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