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AN OPPOSING 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."