TEAM'S SCOUT SIZES UP THE BENGALS
> It really
hurts that Kenny Irons is out for the year. The Bengals were smart to take
Irons to spell Rudi Johnson on third downs and give the offense some of the
speed it needs. Did anyone notice that Johnson's rushing average went down
half-a-yard last year? He needs some quality relief. . . . No one gives Willie
Anderson the credit he deserves for being a great right tackle in both the pass
and the run game. . . . I would love to see Marvin Lewis give Bennie Brazell 15
snaps a game as the fourth wideout. He's got surprisingly good hands for a
track guy, and Carson Palmer is so accurate on deep throws. . . . There's no
one on the defense who scares me--except maybe Ahmad Brooks, who looks like he
might develop into the kind of rangy middle linebacker Marvin has had
everywhere he's coached.
THE KING 500
The first thing
you notice watching the first-round rookie from Michigan is how comfortable he
looks. Smooth. In training camp the 5' 11", 199-pound Hall clung to Chad
Johnson in coverage and didn't let the trash talk distract him. "Practicing
here is the best thing I could do to be ready to play in the league right
away," Hall says. "When Carson throws it, if I'm not right there, it'll
always be complete."
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