Bengals Banter: After Minicamp We Examine Heywood Banks Singing Big Butter Jesus

Now that minicamp is over, now that the Bengals released five players to get their roster down to 84 (with 75 signed), Marvin Lewis and the Bengals will go their separate ways for now. Chad Ochocinco will resume his boxing regiment, Lewis is heading out on the NFL-USO Coaches Tour, Keith Rivers is heading to Florida; all of which gives us time to reset and charge our batteries, putting together thoughtful pieces as to what to expect heading into training camp. In the next few weeks, we'll examine position battles, expectations of our core players and maybe an external examination of the division.

So hang on with us. We'll keep you reading, thinking and entertained.

+ Several Bengals players sat out of Thursdays practice: Roy Williams rested his groin. Andre Smith, Rey Maualuga and Bernard Scott all missed minicamp due to recovery and Antonio Bryant was given "veteran's rest"). However, Hobson added:

Bryant is still dealing with getting his knee back to 100 percent after he had surgery to repair torn cartilage during the last training camp and while there is some concern, the feeling is they can rest him enough to get the production needed out of him.

+ Bengals player representative Andrew Whitworth chimes in on the idea of going to an 18-game schedule:

We want to do anything to make the game better for the fans. If an 18-game schedule will do that, that would be great. But there’s also some things player-wise and health-wise that might be an issue. We feel like if we’re going to have to do that, there has to be some things that change as far as the offseason and training camp.

However most NFL players disagree that an 18-game schedule is a good thing. Giants defensive end Justin Tuck says, "You're going to have a lot of disgruntled players if this happens. I don't see how it benefits the NFL. I think it's going to cause more problems than solutions."

+ Speaking of Bengals running back Bernard Scott, Mike Wilkening talks about Bernard's developing skill of learning patience, thanks to Cedric Benson.

+ Training Camp Dates and Locations

AFC

TEAM

SITE

LOCATION

ROOKIES

VETERANS

Baltimore

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

7/26

7/28

Buffalo

St. John Fisher College

Pittsford, NY

7/29

7/29

Cincinnati

Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

7/28

7/28

Cleveland        

Cleveland Browns Training Facility

Berea, OH

7/23

7/30

Denver

Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre

Englewood, CO

7/26

7/31

Houston

Methodist Training Center

Houston, TX

7/30

7/30

Indianapolis

Anderson University

Anderson, IN

8/1

8/1

Jacksonville

Jacksonville Municipal Stadium

Jacksonville, FL

7/29

7/29

Kansas City

Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph, MO

7/29

7/29

Miami

Miami Dolphins Training Facility

Davie, FL

7/30

7/30

New England

Gillette Stadium

Foxboro, MA

7/25

7/28

NY Jets

SUNY Cortland

Cortland, NY

7/29

8/1

Oakland

Napa Valley Marriott

Napa Valley, CA

7/28

7/28

Pittsburgh

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

7/30

7/30

San Diego

Chargers Park

San Diego, CA

7/25

7/30

Tennessee

Baptist Sports Park

Nashville, TN

7/31

7/31

NFC

TEAM

SITE

LOCATION

ROOKIES

VETERANS

Arizona

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

7/30

7/30

Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons Training Facility

Flowery Branch, GA

7/29

7/29

Carolina

Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

7/28

7/28

Chicago

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

7/30

7/30

Dallas*

Alamodome/Marriott Residence Inn

Oxnard River Ridge

San Antonio, TX/

Oxnard, CA

7/24

7/24

Detroit

Detroit Lions Training Facility

Allen Park, MI

7/30

7/30

Green Bay

St. Norbert College

Green Bay, WI

7/30

7/30

Minnesota

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN

7/30

7/30

New Orleans

New Orleans Saints Training Facility

Metairie, LA

7/29

7/29

NY Giants

University at Albany

Albany, NY

8/1

8/1

Philadelphia

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

7/26

7/29

St. Louis

Russell Training Center

Earth City, MO

7/28

7/30

San Francisco

Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Center

Santa Clara, CA

7/30

7/31

Seattle

Virginia Mason Athletic Center

Renton, WA

7/29

7/30

Tampa Bay

One Buccaneer Place

Tampa, FL

7/30

7/30

Washington

Redskins Park

Ashburn, VA

7/29

7/29

* Dallas will train in San Antonio (7/24-8/6), Dallas (8/7-8/13), and Oxnard, CA (8/14-8/27).

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