Week In Review: Bengals Defense Featured Several Secondary Stories

May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Leon Hall (29) stretches during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

A collection of stories that we ran over the course of the week reflecting updates on the team's defense, special teams and areas not defined by conventional standards.

+ Nate Clements sat during OTAs with a strained abdominal muscle. Leon Hall is still rehabilitating from an Achilles injury. The team sat Dre Kirkpatrick as a precaution with a tweaked hamstring. Veterans Terence Newman, Jason Allen and Adam Jones filled in as the first-team cornerbacks.

+ Breaking down the contract of first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick.

+ Terence Newman predicts that rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick will be "a great corner in this league for a long time."

+ Newman explains that his overall decline was as much bad technique and habits than age.

+ The veterans know that the youth in the Bengals secondary is emerging, so they are helping guide the youngsters while proving themselves.

+ The AFL awarded the Cincinnati Bengals a franchise 45 years ago this week.

+ Hue Jackson proves to be one of the better offseason coaching hires so far, helping the secondary but also being part of the offense.

+ The value of Cedric Peerman and Jeromy Miles on special teams.

+ Linebacker Dontay Moch has yet to hear from the NFL regarding his supposed four-game suspension for testing positive on a banned substance.

+ Taylor Mays lined up with the first-team defense at strong safety during OTAs.

+ Place kicker Mike Nugent was the only player not in attendance during OTAs -- Nugent was labeled with the franchise tag earlier this year.

+ Bengals cornerback Adam Jones wants the punt 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."

+ Rookie safety George Iloka was observed as impressive during Tuesday's OTA -- the only day that the media was allowed to watch sessions.

+ ESPN's SportsCenter special predicted how the AFC North would conclude in the 2012 regular season. Bill Polian has the Bengals finishing first while Marcellus Wiley and Herm Edwards list the Bengals second.

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