The first Bengals practice of any kind at Paul Brown Stadium this year came Friday, 231 days after Carson Palmer led the Bengals New Year's Eve workout before the season finale in Baltimore.
But unlike Carson Palmer,
"Being lazy," said Dalton with a laugh, lockering in rookie row, the extra metal portable lockers in place until the roster cutdown.
He's in good company. No. 1 target
Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has been looking at a guy like Green on tape. Plaxico Burress is making his comeback and head coach Rex Ryan says he'll play into the second quarter like the rest of his starters.
"He's a little bit of a long-strider, but he catches the ball like this kid Green," Zimmer said. "Pretty similar in how they do things. He catches the ball (well)."
Zimmer knows the Jets have averaged 200 yards per game on the ground in the last three games against the Bengals, but he also wants to make sure the Bengals do what he emphasized in practice this week and cover the pass tighter.
"They've been physical. They've run through some tackles and they had a 60-yard reverse on us last year," Zimmer said. "I'm sure we'll get a reverse. We'll get some of that stuff.
"Little better. Not happy yet (with the coverage). We have to cover better and we have to rush better. The linebackers have to be in better spots. It's not one thing."
"It's preseason. We're more worried about ourselves," Crocker said.
What they're worried about is coverage.
"You can't say we weren't physical last week. We missed too many tackles in coverage. We played too far off and gave them easy balls. The goal this week is contest everything," Crocker said.
As for the problems, the Bengals have had against the Jets running game Crocker believes "it's a case of guys getting out of their gaps. I can't say they outmanned us. (Or that) they were just more physical. We just actually weren't technically sound and they got a couple of big runs."
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