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+ According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has spent the last three weeks working out with former NFL quarterback Ken O'Brien. I would add commentary but I think a one-sentence reference on Carson Palmer is the limit of people's tolerance on the subject.

+ Andre Smith, Cincinnati's sixth overall pick during the 2009 NFL draft, will make his regular season opening start this Sunday. Smith dropped his weight to 335 pounds, finally taking this NFL thing a little more seriously than he has in the past.

"I’m just like the fans; I’ve been waiting to do this for three years," said Smith. "It’s an exciting time for me, my family and the organization. I’m just going to go out there and compete and have fun."

The Bengals recently declined the final two seasons on his rookie contract that would have paid him $3.4 million in base salary, making it a four year deal with the final season (2012) giving him a base salary of $1,083,750.

+ The Baldwin County Now has piece on local Chase Bitowf, who is an assistant to Darrin Simmons on special teams.

Bitowf said his day typically starts at 7 a.m. setting up the special teams meeting room video presentation and then other special meetings for coaches and players and that can go until midnight or later.

"I’m responsible for breaking down film, making sure he (coach Simmons) has everything he needs and then filming the workouts. We are basically a team within the team that works to produce all the video the coaches and players need to get better. And the kicking teams really rely on good footage and being able to review it quickly. Having that feedback is a really good tool. And that's a good part of what we do. When the season starts I’m sure things will change some."

+ Watching Green Bay beat the New Orleans Saints reminded me how far this team has to go.