CINCINNATI -- As the Cincinnati Bengals get going with Day 8 of training camp, here are three items we are going to be watching:
Better exchanges. We'll have a little more on this in a quick note later in the morning, but the Bengals have vowed to end the center-quarterback miscues they've occasionally had during organized team activities (OTAs) and training camp. When asked Thursday about the problems he and rookie center Russell Bodine have had getting certain snaps down, quarterback Andy Dalton vowed to get them fixed as soon as possible. The Bengals didn't have any snap issues Thursday in a workout focusing on special teams.
Rookie watch: Jeremy Hill. Since practice resumed Wednesday after a day off earlier this week, I've tried to focus my attention on a rookie a day. On Wednesday, it was cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Linebacker Marquis Flowers held my attention Thursday. And now on Friday, I'm going to take a look at Hill, the back who seems to have the power running style that could complement Giovani Bernard in the backfield. Hill said he'd like to play at close to 235 pounds. So far, he appears to have done a good job of continuing to run with power and explosion despite practicing a couple of pounds under his target weight.
Cooler conditions. Coach Marvin Lewis joked earlier this week about this year's training camp temperatures, saying he wished they were warmer. With practice temperatures hovering in the 70s and low 80s, it's been far from the typically sticky and stifling conditions the Bengals have practiced through in recent years. Conditions actually have been quite comfortable. They should continue to be during Friday's practice which begins at 6 p.m.