Bengals Banter II: A No. Two For 2013, Good Rookie Class (Not Just Talent)

Apr 27, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals first round draft picks Dre Kirkpatrick and Kevin Zeitler with head coach Marvin Lewis hold up their jerseys during the press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Originally we had created a single banter for Thursday with Nate Webster as our lead-in, but understandably the posting grew and some studies suggest that the longer the post, the less likely people are to finish it. In other words your attention span sucks. Alright. I kid. We split our Thursday banter in half with the first portion being specifically about Webster and the sequel (never as good as the original) following soon after. And according to those studies, over 86 percent of those that started reading this paragraph have already abandoned the post by this sentence.

Onward to Wednesday's headlines (sans Webster):

+ Despite the fact that the conditions for Oakland's second-round pick being upgraded to a one during next year's draft for the Carson Palmer trade included the Raiders reaching the AFC Championship game in either 2011 or 2012, that understanding (held by virtually the entire media) apparenly dissolved. The condition was the Raiders reaching the AFC Championship game in 2011 only. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer quickly reminded us that he initially reported that last year. The Bengals are locked in for a second two.

+ Several Bengals rookies dropped by the VA Hospital following Tuesday's practice. This was largely promoted by us in defiance of an ESPN article that headlined "Bengals are tied for second in arrests." I know, I know. I can't let it go. Sorry. Sue me. Despite that, this team has drafted a great group of kids recently. Proud to call them Bengals and making us proud of them all the same.

+ The Cincinnati Bengals invited three minority coaches through the NFL's Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program. Former Bengals receiver and returner Glenn Holt will join the team during next week's mandatory minicamp. Dwayne Foster and Arnold Ale. Foster from North Carolina Central will join the team closer to training camp.

+ Quarterback Tyler Hansen was set to sign with the Oakland Raiders following the 2012 NFL draft when Marvin Lewis called. The former Colorado quarterback was convinced to sign with the Bengals because Lewis was the only head coach to give him a ring. So Hansen said no thanks to Oakland, picked up a Bengals jersey and thought he looked good in No. 9.

+ Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga has yet to hear from the league office regarding an assault charge that was later dismissed following restitution. Due to the number of incidents that Maualuga has been attached with, it's hard to believe that he won't get suspended for at least 2-4 games.

+ Running back Bernard Scott admited that the team's offensive guards were the weakest link last season. Scott is sure that Travelle Wharton and Kevin Zeitler remedy that. Either way, you're on record now, son.

+ Some notes from the OTA sessions on Wednesday.

+ The Jerome Simpson highlight reel from 2011.

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