CINCINNATI Like the first umpires yell of Play Ball! the first crack of the football pads signals a change of seasons. Fall arrived in Cincinnati on Sunday as the Bengals practiced in full pads for the first time this training camp.
The day included the running of the Oklahoma drill, a series of one-on-one battles between offense and defense that produces pancake blocks, big hits, bravado and woofing galore. Two players line up, one whose job it is to block the other who has his eyes on destroying the oncoming ball carrier.
Its not quite Thunderdome but you get the idea.
Its a hard thing to evaluate basically. Its the essence of football but not played as much that way, said head coach Marvin Lewis. It is good. Some guys really show that they will put their face in that way.
Orson Charles, tight end by trade but now also getting snaps as a fullback hybrid, won all three of his matchups against linebackers Rey Maualuga, Vinnie Rey and J.K. Schaffer, driving Schaffer into the g...