Bengals Banter: The NFL World Beginning To Stir From Its Hibernation

May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebackers Rey Maualuga (58) and Thomas Howard (53) during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis offered a couple of nuggets recently, which is another indication that the hibernating football world (not the day-time drama crap) is beginning to stir. For example:

Despite Taylor Mays being mentioned as the leading candidate as the team's starting strong safety, Lewis said it's still an open competition. Of the various questions asked about wide receivers during the Cincinnati Enquirer chat session, Marvin Jones' name wasn't mentioned much -- not even as a projected returner during the kicking game. Lewis also spoke about the growing maturity of Adam Jones, how tight end Orson Charles looks better as a receiver than expected, and how he's comfortable enough to give the younger players more playing time.

Oh yes. Training camp is inching that much closer.

+ In honor of Adam Scott, we listed the top-five Cincinnati Bengals collapses since the Marvin Lewis era. We figured most wouldn't really like it; even one comment offered up "what not talk about what's going on today." We figured to take a one-hour break from the 8-10 posts we dedicate daily talking about today, most of it seemingly repetitive because nothing is actually going on today. So why not a little reminder how far this team has come.

+ Brennen Warner broke down some of the roster battles he expects on offense while offering commentary on the team's strong safety situation.

+ Speaking of Taylor Mays, the strong safety candidate talks a little about himself heading into training camp.

+ Anthony Cosenza offers a top-ten reasons why Cincinnati Bengals fans are thankful heading into training camp.

+ Anthony also offered commentary on how Rey Maualuga is one of several Bengals players with much to prove this year.

+ Geno Atkins ranked No. 7 on ESPN's Top AFC North players heading into 2012.

+ We have to accelerate our Top-20 Bengals of 2012. We named BenJarvus Green-Ellis at No. 12 and offensive tackle Andre Smith at No. 11.

+ Pro Football Weekly sources someone with the organization that believes Jermaine Gresham has the potential to be a standout blocker.

+ Legendary Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson is hosting an event to benefit IMPACT Autism hours before the Cincinnati Bengals kickoff the season against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football.

+ Not that many Bengals fans really cared, but we updated the dormant Bob Bratkowski file.

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