Bengals 2013 Training Camp: Day Five Recap

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't a particularly crisp practice on Monday and many of the team's starters took the day off.

After Sunday's practice was packed with fans and high energy, Monday was much more subdued as the team looks forward to their first off-day on Tuesday.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis gave several veterans the day off on Monday. Andrew Whitworth and Clint Boling both sat, which will essentially give them three straight days off. Both players are recovering from offseason surgeries, which forced them to sit during the offseason training program, and the Bengals wanted to give them some rest early during training camp.

"A little soreness. It was best to hold them back a little bit today,"Lewis told on Sunday. "Clint's been battling a little bit of a hamstring. I just felt like it was good to get time off today, see about tomorrow and then they get another day of rest (on Tuesday)."

Even though Leon Hall and Terence Newman were in uniform, they were also given the day off; though Hall was seen chatting with George Iloka alongside Mark Carrier explaining the deep zone. Prior to practice kicking off, the defense did a quick walkthrough session with Hall and Newman on the field. The lack of No. 1 cornerbacks bodes well for an offense that Marvin Lewis called out on Monday saying:

"The offense has to get going a little bit. The first time the defense gets a chance to play closer to the football, they got a little edge."

They had their opportunities on Monday as Mohamed Sanu and Andrew Hawkins were taking advantage of the situation; and in particular players that weren't being covered by Adam Jones, who picked off an interception against Cobi Hamilton during during the session. Even then, Jones wasn't without his own struggles on Monday.

Brandon Ghee joined Jones as the first-team cornerbacks. Jermaine Gresham also had a nice 20-plus yard reception with Reggie Nelson and George Iloka covering. Orson Charles blocked down with the offensive line and peeled off on a play-action. Later during the first 11-on-11 session, Hamilton's double move beat Prater on a play-action, leaving Hamilton wide open for an easy Josh Johnson down-field throw. Hamilton scored another touchdown on a crossing route with Reggie Nelson in coverage.

Still, the defense had their moments with a Shawn Williams interception off John Skelton on a pass intended for Brandon Tate.

Dre Kirkpatrick also intercepted an Andy Dalton pass in the redzone.

+ One area of encouragement for the season. Tight end Tyler Eifert split out wide during a goalline session. Dalton floated the football over Shawn Williams and Eifert plucked the football out of the air for a touchdown.

+ Wide receiver Tyrone Goard, after coming off PUP on Sunday, sat on Monday. Tight end Alex Smith was also given the day off, as was Brandon Thompson, who appeared to sustained an injury on Sunday. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was also taking the day off.

+ In the end, the general feeling is that the practice wasn't as crisp. Perhaps it was after Sunday's session with Oklahoma drills in front of a packed crowd. Or looking forward to a day off on Tuesday.

A COUPLE OF VIDEOS (taken by Brennen Warner)

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