Thursday, April 10, 2003

First minicamp this weekend


Lewis expecting good veteran turnout

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Bengals will hold their first of three minicamps under new coach Marvin Lewis this weekend.

It is a voluntary veteran minicamp and players will practice six times over three days, Friday through Sunday.

"I'm excited where we are in the process," Lewis said Wednesday. "We're moving forward. We'll be together as a team this weekend. Then we move onto the draft (April 26-27)."

Lewis also said he expects all but a couple of players to attend and is pleased that other players re-arranged their schedules so they could attend.

"This is the first time together for a lot of our guys," Lewis said.

The Bengals will have a post-draft, full-squad minicamp May 2-4 that also is voluntary. The mandatory full-squad camp will be June 9-11.

WELCOME BACK: The Bengals have signed wide receiver Kwazeon Leverette to a two-year contract.

Leverette (6 feet 1, 190 pounds) originally signed with the Bengals as a college free agent out of Syracuse last year but was waived Aug. 26 after the team's third preseason game. He did not play for another NFL team in 2002. Leverette will be a first-year player in 2003.

FULLBACK FODDER: Lewis said he is pleased with the waiver-wire pickup of former Tennessee Titans fullback Mike Green.

"It's obviously an opportunity to add a guy who has played in the NFL, played on a great team, in a good program," Lewis said. "He can come in and compete."

Green is a three-year veteran with 32 games of experience and three starts for the Titans.

RACKERS UPDATE: Rob Roche, agent for Bengals kicker Neil Rackers, said the fourth-year player has yet to receive an offer from the Seahawks. Rackers, an unsigned, restricted free agent, visited Seattle on Tuesday and kicked for team coaches.

"It's part of the process," Lewis said when asked whether Rackers is in the Bengals' plans. "He's one of our players."

Rackers is not expected to get an offer from the Seahawks unless he first would be released by the Bengals.

E-mail mcurnutte@enquirer.com




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