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Is Jordan Palmer winning the backup quarterback job?

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Is Jordan Palmer putting on a better Training Camp show than J.T. O'Sullivan? Chick Ludwig writes:

Jordan Palmer is relaxed and comfortable in the pocket and playing with much more confidence and consistency than a year ago. Plus, he’s showing a cannon arm and better accuracy than seventh-year veteran J.T. O’Sullivan.

The Bengals signed O’Sullivan in the offseason to be Carson Palmer backup, but he’s been erratic the first week of training camp.

Much of it depending on this year, and how well Rey Maualuga works out at outside linebacker, would the Bengals entertain a look at another middle linebacker in the 2010 NFL Draft? The Bengals have several outside linebackers playing on one-year deals. If Maualuga does well, then they could keep him on the outside and look at middle linebacker through the draft. However, it's not one of those urgent matters. Dhani Jones is signed through 2010.

A reminder. HBO's Hard Knocks will premiere in less than a week -- this Wednesday, August 12. Anyone watching? Should we do an open thread?

Chad Ochocinco Johnson responds to critics.

The Enquirer's John Erardi features a piece on Michael Johnson.

Attendance at Georgetown is up this year.

Players that did not practice on Wednesday: "Morning - CB Jamar Fletcher, LB Rashad Jeanty; Evening - LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring), DE Frostee Rucker (hip), WR Antonio Chatman and DT Pernell Phillips (both ill)"

Solomon Wilcots really likes the way the Bengals are practicing this year, saying "the Bengals practiced with a fast and physical tempo, which suggests they’re not willing to take being pushed around anymore."