With Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert shelved for anywhere from zero to the first couple of games of the season (no one is saying anything about him starting the season on the physically unable to perform list), Kroft is quietly solid. As he was when he made his first NFL starts in the biggest games of the year and delivered.
The Bengals held their first practice of training camp Friday, but they really won’t begin to practice until they put on the pads Monday. So it was left for wide receivers like rookie Tyler Boyd to get timed up.
Eifert had surgery back in late May and the three-month prognosis makes him very iffy for the Sept. 11 opener against the Jets. On Friday he wouldn’t rule himself out and said his rehab is going well enough that the boot comes off next week. But he wouldn’t commit to a timeline.
As left tackle Andrew Whitworth mused Thursday on the 11th reporting day of his career, the difference between his rookie training camp at Kentucky’s Georgetown College and the one last year at homey Paul Brown Stadium? Night and day. With a 12-5 September record since 2011, take a bow Marvin Lewis.
The Bengals reported to Paul Brown Stadium Thursday and as five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green began his sixth training camp he says he’s one of a group of about five vying to replace Calvin Johnson as the NFL’s best wide receiver ... They signed vet safety Jimmy Wilson, who knows the defense from days with Kevin Coyle ... Vontaze Burfict went on the non-football injury list, but it's not believed serious ...
When the weekend clears and training camp is underway, the Bengals expect one of their all-time greats to appear at Monday’s practice and begin working for a few days with the next right tackle. Willie Anderson briefly takes Cedric Ogbuehi under his wing like Joe Walter took Anderson 20 years ago.
Mike Brown is the last guy to take himself seriously. He said so Tuesday, one of those rare days he talks to the media. But with Brown set to turn 81 next month in his franchise’s 49th season, it looks finally to be time to take him as seriously as any NFL owner should be taken.