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Bengals RB Jeremy Hill holds court for nearly 45 minutes

CINCINNATI -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Cincinnati Bengals' 33-23 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars:

  • Hill holds court: Jeremy Hill was a popular interview subject Sunday afternoon. For nearly 45 minutes, the rookie running back chatted with various reporters about his career day. He rushed 24 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Giovani Bernard, who sat because of a pair of injuries. Hill was still dressed, shoulder pads and all, nearly the whole time. It was just before a radio interview that he finally took off his pads and jersey. Most of the time, Hill stood directly in front of Bernard's locker (which is next to his). Bernard tried to wait him out to give his congratulations in person but eventually took off. (He'll see him Monday, anyway.) While Hill chatted with reporters, some players shouted their support as they walked behind cameras or leaned between the mass of bodies to offer up fist bumps. Cornerback Adam Jones was one of those who butted in for a bump.

  • Sanu on Hill's dance: Receiver Mohamed Sanu has been known to bust a move or two when he scores. In the preseason, he unveiled his version of the "Shmoney" dance, one made popular by rapper Bobby Shmurda. After Hill scored the first of his two touchdowns, he did his version of that dance. So what did Sanu think about Hill's rendition? "Have you seen it?" Sanu asked, smiling. "It's pretty awesome." Hill, who earlier this season did Ickey Woods' "Ickey Shuffle," also pulled off the "Dougie" dance after he scored his second touchdown.

  • Special-teams mentality: Nico Johnson was signed as a free agent Oct. 15, days before the Bengals were down two linebackers in their starting rotation. Still, he didn't think he'd see the field as a starter for a long while. He had to digest the Bengals' playbook first. The Bengals thought he was ready and started him Sunday. "My mindset was special teams, special teams, special teams," Johnson said. "That was my mindset that I would come in and make my effect on special teams and make the best out of a great opportunity." He had one tackle in place of Rey Maualuga.

  • Jags a 'good team': Veteran Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry thinks the 1-8 Jaguars are on the cusp of greatness. "That's a good team," he said. "I don't care what nobody says. They're young, and when they find out how to win, people are going to have to deal with them. Mark my words."