The Bengals padded up one more time Tuesday before playing the Jets Saturday at 7 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium and they unveiled their healthiest offensive line yet.
Pollak (knee) didn’t work all spring and after coming back in training camp, had to take another week off because of swelling. Given that Pollak is viewed as a valuable backup at both guard and center, and given that they’re starting a rookie center in
But after Tuesday’s practice Pollak, otherwise known as The Insurance Policy, reported he felt good and is anxious to see how he comes out of Saturday’s game.
“I come out and ask where I am each day,” Pollack said. “Whatever gets me in a role to get on the field. I just want to play where I can. I’m later in my career , I know my days are numbered. As long as I can get in there, that’s what I care about.”
The Colts took Pollak, an Arizona State center, in the second round of the 2008 draft. Since they had Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday, they switched Pollak to guard and even though he feels he’s a more natural center he’s only played it in two blowouts during his previous six seasons in the NFL.
New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson’s style is a throwback for him but he’s been working intently at it.
“The one thing is when we go up tempo, no huddle, that’s kind of what we did in Indy and it's just getting that mindset,” Pollak said. “It’s not going to be an every game thing, that’s just one of the differences from last year.”
Pollak thinks Bodine is “going to be a good player down the road,’ and is impressed with how much he’s taken on. Yes, he has helped him with his shot-gun snaps that go awry on occasion. He understands why Bodine has been hesitant to adopt some of his style.
“When I got to Indy, Jeff Saturday kind of changed how I snapped the ball,” Pollak said. “I’m not going to push it on him. Each guy does their own little thing. It’s like throwing mechanics. You want the guy to have his own mechanics. But if you can tweak something to help him, you do it.”
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Tight end
He’s one of the reasons they think they can survive the
He made some big catches in the No. 1 offense’s script. On one first-and-10 play, quarterback
On third-and-five inside the 10, Gresham got inside safety
When they went goal line on third down from the 2, Dalton was three of five, the last a touchdown to a wide open Gresham off play action.
PLAY OF THE DAY: It was in a seven-on-seven drill, but it just shows you how smart and good cornerback
“I was able to read Andy’s eyes….The defense we were playing made it a little easier for me,” Hall said. “I didn’t have to worry about the deep threat. I had help over the top.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY: After covering a pass, cornerback
“Hey Russell Brand,” Newman said. “I love your movies.”
SLANTS AND SCREENS: Cornerback
Dalton, an estimated 22 of 35 passing, didn’t have the sharpest of days, but chalk up much of that to active defense. They were particularly disruptive with blitzes.