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Monday Links and Notes

Mondays are Mondays. But they're worse. Two days pass like we're on vacation, yet, there's reports to read, weekend system dianostics to pour over plus personnel issues that may have developed. So think of it this way if you work in an office. If you take two days off and come back with a loaded workload, that's what my Mondays are always like. It takes time, but we eventually get it all sorted out. It's actually quite fun!

A shortie children.

Chick scores a Q and A with Quan Cosby, who Chick says will solve a big program.

Joe Reedy on the team's third-round draft pick.

Defensively. Michael Johnson showed a lot of versatility. For a guy, who hadn't played standing up in a two point since high school, the third-round pick quickly adapted to playing linebacker as well as defensive end. One moment he would be in defensive line tackling drills and the next he would be with the linebackers on interception workouts.

Geoff Hobson on the team's young wide receivers.

Two receivers off last year's roster, Mario Urrutia and Maurice Purify, were able to work in the rookie camp but they got some competition from a class of free-agent wideouts that offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski says is as good as any he's seen since his first season here in '01.

Utah's Freddie Brown has to be included in that mix even though he was the last player the Bengals drafted at No. 252 in the seventh round after catching 77 balls for 900 yards last year.

The smarts on Jonathan Luigs.

How smart?

According to Pro Football Weekly, try 32 correct answers out of 37 on the Wonderlic,  a solid score on the draft's I.Q. test.

How smart?

Try a 3.0 grade point average in what has turned out to be a double major. After getting a degree in marketing managing, he's now nine credits shy from another one in transportation logistics.

How smart?

"He really understands football," said offensive line coach Paul Alexander. "You can have a good conversation and actually talk about the same subject at the same time."