Quick hits: deep thoughts; Zim arrives; Greene goes Bengals and bust


You know you've got a pretty set depth chart when the only thing of interest on the first one of the year released Monday morning is at punt return.

And Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has offered no surprises there, either, with incumbents Adam Jones and Brandon Tate heading into their sixth season at 1-2. After that it's punt-return unknowns in sophomore wide receiver Mario Alford and rookie wide receivers Alex Erickson and Tyler Boyd. Same thing at kick return where, as it has been for years, Tate and Jones 1-2, followed by Alford and then Erickson.

Even though Josh Shaw is listed at cornerback, the Bengals are trying to decide if they'll play and list him at cornerback or safety. In the interim, college free agent, Floyd Raven, in his second camp, is listed as backing up Shawn Williams at strong safety but seventh-rounder Clayton Fejedelem and six-year vet Jimmy Wilson are also names to watch. In his second season Derron Smith backs up George Iloka at free safety.

Other than that, it's a free-for-all at backups, where Lewis is content to list veterans first at this young point in the preseason.

ZIM ARRIVES; The Bengals sent out their first press release of the season in front of Friday's night's pre-season opener at Paul Brown Stadium (7:30-Cincinnati's Channel 12) against Minnesota. But head coach Mike Zimmer brings his NFC North champion Vikings to PBS Wednesday and Thursday for practices.

So the "Connections," part of the release is a rarity. One head coach is returning to Cincinnati (Zimmer), one assistant coach (linebackers coach Adam Zimmer), as well as three players in right tackle Andre Smith, linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, and cornerback Terence Newman.

Plus, on Thursday after practice Mike Zimmer has invited his coaches and Lewis' coaches to his Walton, Ky., ranch for a barbecue.

GREENE GOES BENGALS AND BUST: Kevin Greene invited Marvin Lewis to his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction on Saturday and Lewis returned the favor by inviting him to work with the pass rushers this week at training camp as Greene went from Canton, Ohio to PBS.

Greene, the third-leading sacker of all-time, played under Lewis in the early '90 when Lewis broke into the NFL as the Steelers linebackers coach. It's a re-union of Greene and Bengals defensive end . Hunt spent three days working with him on Greene's front lawn in Destin, Fla., in a summit that included class-room work.

"Passionate. Detailed," Hunt said of Greene after their meeting. ""He helped me simplify things overall with my pass rush and the game itself."

Cincinnati Bengals host Training Camp at Paul Brown Stadium Practice Fields 8/8/2016

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