I’ve always been told by better football minds that every player (perhaps linemen excluded) look good practicing in shorts. That’s very much the case at this time of year, as teams conduct OTAs and minicamps.
With that as the disclaimer, and one of his own, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com relayed some favorable first impressions from Bengals OTAs Tuesday of WR Matt Jones, with several of the onlookers later using the word “impressed” with what they saw. The favorable impressions came from Marvin Lewis, offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, QB Carson Palmer and an unnamed teammate who called Jones “a beast.”
The signing of Jones, who has had off-the-field substance and legal issues, back in February is yet another high-risk, high-reward move by the Bengals that maybe didn’t get much attention at the time. At 6-foot-6, Jones’ frame has always tantalized teams. While he hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2008, maybe the Bengals found a player to compete for the No. 3 receiver spot with Andre Caldwell and rookie Jordan Shipley.
Hobson also noted the difference between WR Antonio Bryant, the new starter opposite Chad Ochocinco, and the departed Laveranues Coles was “stark.” Bryant has been working both outside and in the slot.