The Bengals hit the field for Day 10 of training camp Monday, but the real story was Andy Dalton, or course. When you sign a deal that 'could' be worth up to $115 million, you're automatically the biggest story. The good thing was Dalton appeared very humbled by the deal, and then went out, business as usual, and had a good practice like he has for the majority of camp.
Dalton was also happy to see some of his favorite targets return in Marvin Jones and Jermaine Gresham, as well as his blindside-protector in Andrew Whitworth. All three were activated and practiced for the first time since camp opened, though they, along with Geno Atkins, are expected to miss Thursday's preseason game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. All three appeared a bit rusty, and with the Chiefs game being Thursday, rushing them back to live game action would be unwise.
Dalton found another potential weapon today in fullback/tight end Ryan Hewitt. He's been used in the H-back role, which the team has tried to use Orson Charles in, but Hewitt has been a better blocker, and he looks like just as good of a pass-catcher. He made a beautiful catch running down the seam that Dalton nearly overthrew, but Hewitt was able to stretch out and haul it in.
Hewitt continues to push himself closer to the right side of the roster bubble, but he needs to perform well in the preseason to gain the confidence of the coaches to order to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
The defense in general had a better day after getting torched on Saturday. Cornerbacks were breaking hard on passes, and Terence Newman even notched a pick-six off of Jason Campbell. Vontaze Burfict had a great day in coverage, and picked off a Matt Scott pass. As great as Burfict is, he can still improve in pass defense, and thus far, he looks like he's done just that.