CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 27: Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to a teammate during the game agains the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
There's a lot of things that come out of the first practices of a new season. Aside from seeing new faces line up at certain positions and getting a glimpse at what some of new additions bring to the the team, there's also some great quotes from Bengals players. Adam Jones provided one earlier today.
According to Paul Dehner, Jr. of CBSSports Adam Jones is gunning for the Bengals' punt return job in 2012. Last year's return man, Brandon Tate is getting work at the No.2 wide receiver position and was in as the starter earlier on Tuesday.
Said Jones of the opportunity to get the return job:
"I want that job," he said. "I really want that job. I'll leave it at that. The [coaches] pretty much know I want to be back there on the punt return."
It would seem that most fans would like to see Jones win the job as well due to the lukewarm opinions on Tate's results last year. In his first game back from recovering from neck surgeries, Jones nearly broke a punt return for a touchdown. He tweaked his hamstring on the return and was in and out of the lineup until the end of the season when Leon Hall went down with a season-ending Achilles injury at cornerback. Coincidentally, Tate returned a punt return for a touchdown later in that same game against the Seattle Seahawks.
One has to think that both players' best opportunities to make the club and contribute on a regular basis will be at the new spots that they're being tried at in early 2012. Jones is currently on a one-year deal in the midst of a crowded cornerback group and Tate is fighting off Armon Binns, as well as rookies Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu for the No.2 wide receiver job.