Wednesday, April 05, 2000

Scott trains with Joyner-Kersee

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Bengals wide receiver Darnay Scott is jumping through the Olympic rings to get to the Pro Bowl.

        Scott showed up Tuesday at Spinney Field's workouts with some solid war stories about doing his speed training with six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and her husband and coach, Bob Kersee.

        Scott has moved back to his boyhood home in St.Louis after a dozen years in San Diego and hooked up with the pair at a suburban St.Louis school.

        “Bob has me doing some grass drills, some shuttle drills, and then I run some 100s and 200s (yards),” Scott said. “Sometimes I get on the track with Jackie, but I haven't raced her.”

        Scott smiled when asked if he could outrun Sports Illustrated's Female Athlete of the Century (“Sure,” he said).

        But this is no laughing matter. Receivers coach Steve Mooshagian said Scott wants to get to his first Pro Bowl after last season's career-best 68 catches for 1,022 yards.

        Scott, in his seventh season, has lived on his speed. He knows he turns 28 in July, when those extra steps he has begin to disappear. But, he said, if anything, he's as fast as he was as a rookie.

        “Darnay says they work him pretty good. They don't let him put his hands on his knees, but I guess Bob works Jackie hard, too,” Mooshagian said. “The thing about Darnay is he's put on 20 pounds since he got drafted (up to about 205 pounds) and hasn't gotten any slower. If anything, he may be faster after a program like this.”

        Scott also has caught some balls in the offseason but not many from Bob Kersee.

        “I tell him he's got a soft arm,” Scott said.

        Scott said he has no idea if receiver Carl Pickens plans to come to mini-camp or play this season because of his frustration over losing.

        “Pick and I never talk football,” Scott said. “We just talk about how we're enjoying the time off.”

        THIS AND THAT: The club is pleasantly surprised by the running of Charles Fisher and Ric Mathias, cornerbacks rehabbing from reconstructed knees. ... Free safety Darryl Williams has been at Spinney Monday and Tuesday in his Bengals reincarnation as the elder statesman of the secondary. He said he's there to learn the scheme and to let the younger players get to know him. ... The Bengals reached a two-year deal with second-year receiver Damon Griffin. Look for third-year linebacker Adrian Ross to sign today.


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