Wednesday, August 25, 2004

QB Palmer to get a little more PT

He'll go into 3rd quarter at Atlanta

By Mark Curnutte
Enquirer staff writer

GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Starting quarterback Carson Palmer will play into the third quarter Saturday night against the Falcons in the Bengals' preseason game at Atlanta, coach Marvin Lewis announced.

Palmer played three series and into the second quarter in Cincinnati's preseason opener against Tampa Bay, and last Saturday at home he played the first half against New England.

"Just another chance to get more reps and get more prepared for the Jets," Palmer said. "Just going through that process, coming into the locker room, talking about what they're doing and what we're going to do to counter stuff they're doing defensively, it will be good for me."

In six preseason games this year and last, Palmer is 52-for-81 passing for 705 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. His passer rating is 94.9.

18 AND COUTING: The regular-season opener Sept. 12 at the New York Jets is now 18 days away.

"The Jets are always in our mind," Lewis said. "The preparation for the Jets is ongoing."

LOAD OUT: The Bengals' training camp began to wind down Tuesday morning when a crew loaded a moving van with the team's weights and fitness equipment for the ride back to Paul Brown Stadium.

After a practice this morning, the last of training camp, the Bengals will resume practices Thursday on the fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium.

GOOD RUN: Lewis declared camp a success at a news conference Tuesday.

"Training camp has been great for us," Lewis said.

The team lost five practices at Georgetown to its extended trip to Florida during Hurricane Charley, but it made up three of them while on the road for parts of six days.

"The hurricane was nothing that affected us, other than a couple of lost practice days," Lewis said. "But you have that anyway, without the hurricane. Part of this game is adjusting and moving on."

The Bengals have avoided serious injury so far, unlike many other teams. Seattle linebacker Chad Brown broke his leg Monday, and Baltimore center Mike Flynn broke his collarbone.

"We've been very fortunate with injuries," Lewis said.

MOORE IS BETTER: Seventh-year offensive lineman Larry Moore has filled a major void on the depth chart.

"The sixth man, almost," he said.

Moore, signed as a free agent in April, has started both preseason games at left guard in place of injured starter Eric Steinbach.

Moore, 29, also can play center and right guard and had a large number of snaps at center Tuesday.

Lewis has praised Moore's performance.

"I feel good about him saying that," Moore said. "It took me a couple of days to get used to playing in a left-handed stance, but I will do whatever I can to help."

Moore's ability to play center and both guard spots also has allowed the Bengals to give Steinbach some work at left tackle, in case starter Levi Jones is injured.

WAIT, WATCH, WORK: Starting fullback Jeremi Johnson, who has missed most of training camp because of a groin injury, said he hopes to play in the preseason finale Sept. 3 against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium.

In the meantime, Johnson said, he is working out up to 18 times a week.

PRESEASON MARK: With their 1-1 record so far in 2004, the Bengals have a 78-86-2 mark in preseason games in franchise history.



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