For their second straight year, the Cincinnati Bengals will hold their training camp practices at Paul Brown Stadium (PBS), beginning on July 26 through Aug. 15. These will be open and free to the public.
On July 25, the team will kick off training camp at PBS through a free and open Bengals Pep Rally from 7:00-10:00 p.m. This will include the local band, “The Rusty Griswolds” and will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet the 2013 Bengals, hear remarks from head coach Marvin Lewis and grab autographs from former Bengals players.
There will also be two Family Night practices during training camp.
And if you can’t make it to Cincinnati to see the practices, you can enjoy some of them from your own home as the Bengals will again be featured in the HBO series, Hard Knocks (the first time came in 2009). Look for the first episode to premiere on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 10:00 p.m. EDT.
Training Camp Schedule
Friday, July 26-July 29, July 31: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 1: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Family Night
Friday, Aug. 2: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 4: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 11: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Family Night
Monday, Aug. 12, Aug. 14: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 15: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
August 8 – At Atlanta Falcons 8:00 p.m. EDT
August 17 – Tennessee Titans 7:00 p.m. EDT
August 24 – At Dallas Cowboys 8:00 p.m. EDT
August 29 – Indianapolis Colts 7:00 p.m. EDT
Training Camp Storylines
After coming off of a 10-6 season and a postseason loss to the Houston Texans, the Bengals will look for even better postseason run. They didn’t do too many offseason changes and hopefully their training camp that will be seen around the world will not only improve their image but result in a better season than the last one when they were on TV, 10-6, which won’t be good enough for this year’s squad.
Third-year quarterback Andy Dalton is talented but he’ll need to improve to take his team further in the postseason. He has two shiny new rookie weapons to help him, tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard.
Both come with high expectations even though Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a good first season with his new team in 2012, running for 1,094 yards with six touchdowns. You have to wonder what the team is thinking with the rookie, what sort of competition he’ll bring and whether or not he’ll hit the ground running.
Will he take more touches than Green-Ellis or be this year’s Alfred Morris? There’s also talk he could be a wide receiver. His coaches are impressed with what they’ve seen so; he could see a lot of playing time in his freshman year.
Over at center, there’s a battle for the starting nod. The Bengals used three different ones at the position last year including Kyle Cook, Jeff Faine and Trevor Robinson. Cook appeared to have the edge for 2013, but he didn’t participate in OTAs thanks to a pectoral issue.
The Bengals released veteran guard Travelle Wharton on Monday but there’s enough young depth to fill his void including sophomore Clint Boling and the rookie Tanner Hawkinson. Look for a possible battle here.
The big news on defense is the addition of veteran former Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker James Harrison. He has struggled with injuries, playing in just 11 games in 2012, but if he stays healthy, he’ll bring some needed pass-rush help.
Look for a cornerback battle. Last season, the rookie Dre Kirkpatrick was less than impressive with four tackles and zero interceptions. He’ll need to improve and compete against Adam “PacMan” Jones and Terence Newman. Both are aging and will be tough to knock out of their starting roles but now is the time for Kirkpatrick to show he’s ready for his second year and unseat one of them.