Sunday, August 24, 2003

Notes: Newcomers split time at end

Clemons, Powell bolster defensive line

By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Corey Dillon carries the ball in the first quarter.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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A productive training camp and early preseason landed Duane Clemons in the starting lineup against the Titans on Saturday.

Clemons started but rotated with Carl Powell at left defensive end.

Both were free agent acquisitions this offseason.

"We both know we've got a role on this team and we're both going to go out there and play well," Clemons said. "It doesn't really make a difference how it's broken up, just as long as we both get on the field and do our best."

The Chiefs released the 29-year-old, who has started 31 of his past 32 regular-season games, and the Bengals signed him to a two-year deal worth nearly $2.18-million.

Clemons has four total tackles, one pass breakup and one forced fumble in three preseason games.

On the second play of the Titans' third drive Saturday, Clemons and outside linebacker Adrian Ross tackled Tennessee running back Eddie George for a 4-yard loss.

"That's what you want to do," Clemons said. "You just want to come out here and show you can be a play maker. And if you show up on film, then the coaches will respect you, your teammates will respect you."

PAYING HIS DUES: Titans backup quarterbacks Neil O'Donnell and Jason Gesser picked on Bengals rookie cornerback Dennis Weathersby in the fourth quarter.

The fourth-round draft pick had five passes thrown his way and was called once for pass interference.

"It was the first time that I've been thrown at that much," he said. "I have to look at it as a learning experience."

START NO. 1: Jeremi Johnson, the Bengals' fourth-round pick in this year's draft, started at fullback.

Johnson, who averaged 6.2 yards per run last season for Western Kentucky, didn't have a carry.

FIRST CATCHES: Wide receiver Peter Warrick caught his first three passes of the preseason.

His third catch went for a 15-yard touchdown to tie the game 6-6 with 3:48 remaining in the first half.

Warrick outjumped Titans cornerback Samari Rolle to catch Jon Kitna's pass in the end zone.

SCRATCHES: Wide receiver Ron Dugans (Achilles' tendinitis), middle linebacker Tito Rodriguez (knee) and middle linebacker Armegis Spearman (hamstring) were scratched because of injury.

ODDS AND ENDS: Tight end Reggie Kelly limped off the field with a twisted left ankle during the Bengals' second drive but returned on the next drive.

• Titans linebacker Rocky Boiman, a St. Xavier High product, led the Titans with five tackles and one sack for a 6-yard loss.

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