CINCINNATI -- As the Cincinnati Bengals get going with Day 16 of training camp, here are three items we are going to be watching:
Closing out camp. That's right, the Bengals are officially ending the training camp portion of their preseason with Wednesday's late-morning practice. That means this 16th session marks the last time this season that a Bengals practice will be open to the public and reporters. Starting Monday, media will only be permitted to watch the first half hour of practices through the end of the season as the team's in-season practice policies are implemented.
Walk-through speed. Because the Bengals have a game Saturday and will have Friday off, they will mostly treat this final training-camp practice as if it were the traditional Friday practice they'll have throughout the regular season when Sunday games dot the schedule. So we won't be expecting many high-speed, high-intensity drills during this workout. Walk-through speed should dominate this session as the Bengals try to get into the game as healthy as possible.
Using Matt Scott. I'll be interested to see how the Bengals use backup quarterback Matt Scott in practice after his Wednesday workout was shortened because of shoulder soreness. At one point in the middle of Wednesday's practice he was wearing an ice pack on his throwing shoulder. Coach Marvin Lewis said later that afternoon that Scott should be OK to play Saturday, along with reserve Tyler Wilson. Both Scott and Wilson could see their share of action against the Jets on Saturday since starting quarterback Andy Dalton is only expected to see between 15-25 plays. Dalton played just one series last week at Kansas City. Don't be surprised if he's out there for two this week. The Bengals still haven't ruled out the possibility of Jason Campbell getting behind center for a few snaps, but since he has yet to practice this week, it appears unlikely that he will play because of an elbow bruise he got last week against the Chiefs.