The Bengals opened training camp Thursday on the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields before an estimated crowd of 1,200.
Updated: 9:35 p.m.
“As he should,” Boling said after he quietly took the first snaps at left guard even though he had ACL surgery less than seven months ago following his Dec. 1 injury in San Diego.
“We’re all trying to reach the same goal. None of it matters who is back before whom. We’re all trying to win a Super Bowl,” Boling said.
“My goal was to be out there today. It’s a long process, I’m just happy to be out here playing again,” Boling said. “I’m happy to get the first one out of the way. We’ll see how it responds tomorrow.
“There (are) going to be a lot of first steps we have to cross. There’s the first practice in pads, the first scrimmage, the first preseason game, the first real game. This was the first one.”WHIT TWEAK: Left tackle Andrew Whitworth was a surprise addition to the active/physically unable to perform list (PUP) when the Bengals started training camp Thursday with what appears to be a minor calf strain. Whitworth apparently picked up the nick in Wednesday’s conditioning test.
He counts against the 90-man roster, a number they suddenly had to scramble to keep as they walked off the practice field. Because they signed a pair of young receivers Thursday, they had to let go of punter T.J. Conley at the end of practice. In the end, that was a good sign because it meant that regular punter
Earlier in the day the Bengals signed rookie wide receiver
The 6-0, 179-pound Johnson signed with New England following the draft after four seasons at Southern Methodist he had 195 receptions for 1,930 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Still on PUP were defensive tackles
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Give it to quarterback
Dalton looked at ease running Jackson’s up-tempo offense and racked up the intermediate and short passes. Without huddling the Bengals looked fairly crisp for their first practice in 26 days and rarely put the ball on the ground. There looked to be no false starts or bad snaps with rookie Russell Bodine handling the bulk of the work at center for the No. 1s.
There was a sweet moment for Dalton after it was over. His wife Jordan and 24-day-old Noah were waiting under the tent for him and he held him up the baby for pictures in his tiny No. 14 jersey.
PLAY OF THE DAY: Of course, Dalton to Green. This one in 7-on-7. Cornerback
T. STILL NEW: By the way, Neman, who turns 36 in 42 days, looks terrific. One player said he looked like he came back a year younger. Running back
Not to be outdone by Newman and Leon Hall at cornerback, third-year man
SCARY MOMENT: How big and strong is new defensive tackle
Ross didn’t mean to, but he ran into backup quarterback
SLANTS AND SCREENS: Head coach Marvin Lewis has some Super thoughts. The unofficial logo of camp on one of the players' T-shirts shows a trophy topped off by some Bengals colors that bears a resemblance to the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
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Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick knew it without having to be told. it's the first time in his three NFL seasons he's been able to participate in all the spring activities heading into a camp. Throw in defensive coordinator Paul Guenther's praise of his spring work and Kirkpatrick admitted before the first practice it has impacted his confidence.
"It’s high. Especially because of all the things I’ve been through, trying to get back to where I am now, so just hearing it from the man that’s making all the calls is a good thing," Kirkpatrick said.