Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Voluntary team workout draws a crowd

Most veterans, all 2004 draft picks get back in action with start of 3-day activity

By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Bengals held their second of 14 organized team activity days on Tuesday.

Nearly every veteran player on the Bengals' roster, in addition to all 11 draft picks, participated in the voluntary workout.

"Your winning teams have players volunteering to work toward winning," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said afterward. "It's good to get everybody in here and in tune with how we do things and get off to a good, fresh start."

The three-day session continues today and Thursday.

"It's good to shake the rust off and get back in the swing of things," center Rich Braham said. "There are a lot of new faces in here. To see this many guys already showing up and trying to come together as a team is something that's pretty unique."

The Bengals have 10 more organized team activity days scheduled: May 25-27, June 1-3 and 15-18. The mandatory full-squad mini-camp is June 11-13.

BEDINGHAUS HIRED: Former Hamilton County commissioner Bob Bedinghaus has been hired by the Bengals as director of development for Paul Brown Stadium.

Bedinghaus had assisted the club as a consultant since September 2001, and is filling a lead role in the installation of FieldTurf at the stadium.

"Bob has been instrumental on Paul Brown Stadium matters, riverfront development matters and in the recruitment of more major public events," Troy Blackburn, Bengals director of business development, said in a statement. "His knowledge and experience are of great value to the organization."

HICKS HONORED AGAIN: Bengals running back Skip Hicks was named NFL Europe's Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for his performance against the Scottish Claymores on Sunday.

Hicks gained 123 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns in Frankfurt's 27-24 win. He leads NFL Europe with nine total touchdowns and 458 yards rushing on 121 carries.

The Bengals signed Hicks, a third-round pick by the Redskins in 1998, as a free agent in January. This is his second Offensive Player of the Week award in NFL Europe this season.

SIGNING: Free agent wide receiver Jay Chapman of St. Augustine's College (N.C.) signed a one-year contract with the Bengals.

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