Hue Jackson: Andy Dalton is handling Russell Bodine's snap issues

CINCINNATI -- It happened again.

Nearly a week after Cincinnati Bengals center Russell Bodine sent two snaps flying past quarterback Andy Dalton's head, the second-year lineman had a problem with another exchange to the signal-caller Monday.

This time, it was a low, ankle-nipping snap that sent Dalton into a brief fit of rage.

"Russell!" Dalton yelled, much like he did following last Tuesday's two botched snaps. "We can't keep doing that. We can't keep talking about it."

Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson wasn't happy about the continued exchange issues either.

"It pissed me off. I'm being honest," Jackson said.

The coach then added, "But Andy's handling it. I'm giving it to him."

That statement was enough to prove the reins Jackson put in his quarterback's hands this time a year ago still are very much there. The belief Jackson has in Dalton hasn't faded in the past 12 months. If anything, it has grown.

"It's his offense and he's taking control," Jackson said. "I don't think he's playing around with it. He knows that [the snap issue] exists, and he's not going to let it exist. There were no more of those after that."

Unlike last week when Bodine had two bad snaps in four plays, he didn't have another poor snap the rest of Monday afternoon's workout.

"It's going to stop," Jackson said. "He gets it. It didn't happen in the game [Friday]. It's annoying, it's disappointing, but now it's a team thing. It's the quarterback and his offensive teammates. They're not going to let it happen. They'll get it stopped. I believe that."

Here are a few more observations from practice:

• Aside from Bodine's snap problems, it was a fairly clean day for the Bengals offense. Receiver A.J. Green struggled at times throughout the day, dropping a couple of passes and having other balls thrown his way broken up. The Pro Bowler ended the afternoon on a high note though, catching a touchdown pass off a post pattern on the final play of the day's 11-on-11 drills.

• Immediately following Green's touchdown reception, Dalton tried to keep his receiver's spirits buoyed by ordering the offensive linemen to all jog down to the end zone and celebrate the score with Green.

• While the passing game was generally smooth with Dalton at the helm, during reps taken by backups Josh Johnson and Keith Wenning, it looked anything but. Veteran first-team defensive backs Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick were particularly impressive against them. Jones intercepted Wenning on a would-be pick-six, and Kirkpatrick broke up three passes thrown by different quarterbacks. Even Dalton was swatted by him.

• One of the Bengals' youngest defensive backs, second-year corner Darqueze Dennard, missed Monday's practice. He came out of Friday night's preseason opener much earlier than he anticipated due to a groin injury. Dennard said over the weekend he had suffered the injury in practice a couple of days before the game. It was good enough to test during the game, but he was removed out of precaution, he said. There doesn't appear to be a clear timetable for his return, but he hopes to be back this week.

• Offensive guard Trey Hopkins and cornerback Brandon Ghee also didn't practice Monday. Neither dressed for last Friday's game.

• Running backs Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead returned to practice after getting banged up Friday. Peerman in particular was limited throughout the day, as was quarterback AJ McCarron, defensive end Margus Hunt, kicker Mike Nugent and offensive tackles Jake Fisher and Andre Smith. None of the five played last week.