Before training camp, I wasn't so sure if the Bengals would even win a game if Carson Palmer didn't play. You have to understand, I was a fan through the legendary Dave Shula/Bruce Coslet/Dick LeBeau era, so pessimism easily creeps in at times. That level of concern lowered through this weekend's practice games as Wright proved he could play well enough NOT to lose. Even so, this is by far the most talented team, overall, I've seen in nearly 15 years. This makes me believe that the team's success will be less integrated to the quarterback; unlike the past.
Peter King pointed out in his Monday Morning Quarterback, that Palmer just isn't at the level of confidence he had last season. The knee, justifiably so, still concerns him. But that's not slowing him down at all. In fact, his workload has doubled as fans were thrilled to see Palmer scramble in Monday's workout. He gaining back that lost confidence.
"I feel better, more confident and more comfortable every day," Palmer said.
- Rich Braham is getting the support of over 200 kids begging for one more season after this one.
- Caleb Miller is healthy, but could be the odd man out.
WASHINGTON at CINCINNATI (NBC, Sunday, 8:00 PM ET): Let's go back this year!
Two 2005 playoff teams meet. It will be the debut of a host of new Redskins, highlighted by the man who threw that surprising touchdown pass in Super Bowl XL, wide receiver ANTWAAN RANDLE EL. Joining him in D.C. is ANDRE CARTER from San Francisco, who will move from outside linebacker this year to his desired position of defensive end.
Division-winner Cincinnati is coming off its best season (11-5) in 18 years (12-4, 1988) and is watching closely the recuperation of the man who played a big role in that finish - quarterback CARSON PALMER (knee), who threw a TD pass in a scrimmage last Friday. Seeing their first action for Cincy are two veteran stalwarts who the club hopes can solidify its defense - tackle SAM ADAMS and safety DEXTER JACKSON.
- Chris Henry, David Pollack and Bobbie Williams missed Monday's practice.
- John Thornton, Erik Meyer, Jonathan Fanene and Kelley Washington returned.