CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Cincinnati Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes watches the blocking of Orson Charles #80 during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The Cincinnati Bengals launched their ninth OTA of the offseason and third this week. And much like on Monday, Wednesday's session was open to the media, therefore there are updates flowing from those attending. Bengals cornerback Leon Hall continues working out on the side, which we can presume as the default expectation until otherwise noted. Cornerbacks Nate Clements and Adam Jones also sat during Wednesday's practice, as did defensive tackle Devon Still, defensive end Michael Johnson and running back Daniel Herron.
A note from Geoff Hobson's observations (we'll add others whenever they're available):
Tight end Orson Charles, the fourth-rounder from Georgia who is supposed to be able to line up anywhere and make plays down the field, did exactly that. He made a fine lunging, diving catch of a 40-yard out-and-up thrown on the money over his shoulder from quarterback Andy Dalton. And he made the play despite tight man coverage from first-rounder Dre Kirkpatrick, the cornerback from Alabama.
Near the end of the drill, cornerback Brandon Ghee had perfect position for an interception, but couldn't make the play and wide receiver Armon Binns came back to muscle out the catch.
Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer provides some insight on the team's defense from Wednesday:
Most of the good plays from Wednesday were by the defense. Rey Maualuga had a nice stop on Andrew Hawkins on a receiver screen and there were a couple passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. One of the undrafted players who continues to make a strong impression is LB Emmanuel Lamur, who had one of the pass deflections and has shown nice quickness in getting from sideline to sideline.
Paul Dehner Jr. with CBSSports.com's Rapid Reports adds on Ghee:
Another strong practice Wednesday for forgotten CB Brandon Ghee, who had a nice pick of Andy Dalton in 11-on-11.