Updated: 6:35 p.m.
After the Bengals finished their second practice of training camp Saturday in front of another 1,500, they wasted no time looking ahead to Sunday night's first workout in shoulder pads in a 6-8 session on the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields.
Head coach Marvin Lewis won't unleash all-out hitting in just shoulder pads. That figures to come Monday in full pads going by the schedules he's had in the past. But as defensive tackle
It will be the first time running back BenJarvus Green-Elllis wears Bengals pads and he knows it.
"I'm actually really excited because you have these things on it's like playing flag football," said The Law Firm, pointing to the light shoulder pads known as shells. "I was joking with one of my coaches I was like, 'Y'all look nice today but what about tomorrow when we put on pads?' Things change, it's not going to be running around and people playing touch football. That's not the game we play. So, I'm really excited for the pads."
Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden knows what he means.
"The receivers are going to see more press coverage; see how they get off the jam," Gruden said. "Line's pad level. I want to see how (rookie right guard Kevin) Zeitler does. Everybody in pads, it's a different ballgame. Some people show up. Some people disappear.
"It happens a lot (receivers regressing when the pads come on). When you have live practices, it happens a lot."
But Gruden isn't expecting his rookie receivers to take a step backward in pads.
"They have great character and toughness based on their tapes in college," he said. "But this is a diffferent speed, and the size of the DBs and the linebackers are a little bit different."
PRACTICE HITS: Safety
When wide receiver
Weber was 5 of 6, his only miss from 30 yards, and the rest were good from 26, 32, 36, 39 and 44.
GEATHERS OK: After tweaking his knee in Friday's first practice, left end Robert Geathers has joined the list of players that is not practicing but has nothing serious and should return "soon."
Head coach Marvin Lewis said at a Paul Brown Stadium news conference Saturday that Geathers's tests were all negative and that he'll be fine. He said the same about the five guys that started camp on the shelf Friday, although it's believed cornerback
But it sounds like kicker Mike Nugent and defensive tackle
» Left tackle
"It's more of a thing as a team, 'Let's buy into the fact that it's something that's not really important,' " Whitworth said. "It's not a thing where we want to fine guys 10 grand if they Twitter. I think we're just more saying, 'Let our focus be on what we're doing, not on something else.' "
Whitworth is an easy convert. He's a social media blank slate.
"I don't have a Twitter. I don't have a MySpace, a Facebook, whatever else there is," Whitworth said. "I've never been one of those guys. Some people stressed it to me. Like agents at different times for marketing and 'one of those things that can help you get to the Pro Bowl,' and all that kind of mess. That's not important to me. That's the truth. My entertainment is every Sunday with all the work I've put in to go out and play well. That's what our focus should be as a team."