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Cincinnati Bengals Strategy and Personnel 2008-07-31

Cincinnati Bengals Strategy and Personnel 2008-07-31
The Bengals released their 2008 media guide Sunday. In it, the first official depth chart of the season lists Stacy Andrews as the starter at right tackle, ahead of 13th-year pro Willie Anderson, who missed the first significant time of his career last season because of knee and heel injuries.

"In the spring time, we didn't know where Willie Anderson was," head coach Marvin Lewis said. "Then he came in here and proved he was in a pretty good spot. We have a good issue to deal with as we go forward. We have a good young player in Stacy and a guy who has been as good a player as there is in the NFL in Willie Anderson."


-- LT Levi Jones, who came to camp a year ago still needing to rehab an injured knee, said he arrives at the 2008 training camp feeling better than he has at any time of his seven-year career.

-- WR Antonio Chatman will get first shot at reclaiming the job as punt return man and improving what was the league's worst punt return average in 2007.

-- FS Marvin White said he is determined to keep the No. 1 job at free safety. The knock on him that he is not a smart player has motivated White to work hard in the classroom, where coaches say White is quick to provide correct answers on schematic questions.

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Jerome Simpson vs. Andre Caldwell vs. Marcus Maxwell vs. Antonio Chatman vs. Glenn Holt for the job of third wide receiver. With Chris Henry no longer with the Bengals, the job is wide open. The Bengals would like Simpson or Caldwell, both rookies, to emerge, but they suspect it will be a veteran. Look for the eventual third receiving role to be filled by committee based on situation.

EXPECTED BATTLE FRONTS: Veteran Dexter Jackson will have to play well and work hard to hold off second-year player Chinedum Ndukwe for the starting role at strong safety. ... Fullback Jeremi Johnson is again battling his weight, and the Bengals moved tight end Daniel Coats, a backup and valuable special teams last season as a rookie, to H-back to challenge Johnson. ... Veteran Willie Anderson, for the first time since his rookie season in 1996, finds himself entering training camp as a backup. Stacy Andrews is the starter, and Anderson said he won't compete directly against Andrews but will work again to get himself into top shape for the Sept. 7 opener.

ROOKIE REPORT: Asked how much his four-year contract was worth, wide receiver Andre Caldwell said, "Enough." ... DT Pat Sims might be the most important rookie beside first-round linebacker Keith Rivers. The Bengals lack depth at tackle and need Sims to contribute, especially against the run. ... LB Keith Rivers remains the only unsigned Bengals rookie of the 10 draft picks.

INJURY REPORT: Running back DeDe Dorsey said he will miss another week because of a groin injury. ... Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the 2008 team is the healthiest of his six with the Bengals at the start of training camp. ... Offensive tackles Levi Jones and Willie Anderson, both of whom arrived to camp a year ago with physical problems, both are healthy this season.

--DE Antwan Odom had tests that indicated he has a sprained foot after leaving the practice field on a cart with a left foot injury. Odom signed a five-year, $29.5 million free-agent contract during the offseason. Coach Marvin Lewis said there is no timetable for his return, but that "I don't see why he wouldn't be" ready for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener.

--WR Chad Johnson isn't practicing while he recovers from ankle surgery. Coach Marvin Lewis said there is no timetable for Johnson's return, although he is expected to be healthy in time for the regular-season opener.


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Added: July 31, 2008

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