CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21: Jordan Shipley #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Drayton Florence #29 of the Buffalo Bills during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Bills won 49-31.(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
As we pointed out on Thursday with Carlos Dunlap hosting his inaugural Carlos Dunlap Football Camp, Bengals (slot) wide receiver Jordan Shipley put together a couple of free football camps for underprivileged kids recently (including this weekend) in Texas. Cedric Golden with Statesman.com writes:
The kids at Shipley's camp ranged in age from kindergarten to middle school. They spent three hours the past two days working on everything from catching the ball to the age-old game of tag. Things will get much more serious today and Saturday when paying campers take over the field.
Bob Shipley, Jordan's father, said of Jordan and his football camps.
"He's always had a passion for kids," Bob Shipley said. "The kids don't ask anything of him. They just want to play and hang out with him. Obviously it's nice to have Fozzy (Whittaker) and (Jordan's younger brother) Jaxon out here with him too."
Shipley, who is hosting the camp for a third year, spoke about his rehabilitation and clearly understood that his job was by no means secure:
"I have days where I don't feel as good and days where I feel really good," he said. "I'm just trying to have less bad days. I should be good to go for the season. It's just a matter of having less swelling and less stiffness. The best thing for me is to keep it moving."
"I will go in with the mentality of being 100 percent ready to go," he said. "We have a lot of talented guys and a lot of draft picks this year, plus we have way more receivers than we've ever had. Everyone will have to compete to earn a spot and make a job."
It's expected that Mohamed Sanu and Andrew Hawkins could push Shipley for the role as the team's primary slot receiver during training camp. If he can shake the stiffness and swelling, as he's hoping to do.