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08:04 AM ET 05.14 | On a nasty day in Cincinnati, Marvin Lewis still saw signs for optimism. [Lewis] wrapped up a decade of rookie minicamps Sunday impressed with the NFL speed and size that were displayed in the five practices at Paul Brown Stadium. After the final workout in a steady rain he praised the work of a deep field of receivers and said that third-rounder Mohamed Sanu is going to push to start in his first year out of Rutgers and indicated fifth-rounder Marvin Jones is going to be busy. "I thought Sanu was everything we expected him to be. I think he's going to be able to come in here and play right away as a rookie and he's going to push to start, play time," Lewis said.

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May 14, 2012  08:09 AM ET

Say what you want, this will be a good team next year.

May 14, 2012  08:17 AM ET
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Say what you want, this will be a good team next year.

Agreed....they've got a legit shot to win their division.

May 14, 2012  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Say what you want, this will be a good team next year.

+1



They do have all the parts to be very good.

May 14, 2012  08:19 AM ET

Robataille where you around my house this weekend your avatar is a pic of my sister Betty-lu

May 14, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Cincy's had their issues but I still think Lewis is a good coach and knows his players. I think Palmer would still be there if Marv had any say in it but the Ginger played well as a rookie.

I just think it's funny how all these talented rookies are going to challenge the vets when they've only been practicing with other rookies. Tell me something after the regular camps start.

May 14, 2012  08:31 AM ET
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Agreed....they've got a legit shot to win their division.

Don't think so! Ravens swept them last year and Steelers are still pretty darn good.

May 14, 2012  08:32 AM ET
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Robataille where you around my house this weekend your avatar is a pic of my sister Betty-lu

She a Nats fan ?

This picture was taken in the deep woods of Southern Maryland... The word is out on our Nationals!

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May 14, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Say what you want, this will be a good team next year.

+1

May 14, 2012  08:45 AM ET
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Don't think so! Ravens swept them last year and Steelers are still pretty darn good.

Last year means nothing!

May 14, 2012  08:53 AM ET

Ok then, you should know the Bengals track record. They fall apart the year after they had a successful season.

May 14, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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Don't think so! Ravens swept them last year and Steelers are still pretty darn good.

He's right. This isn't a division that you win just be being good. They have to want it more than Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and that's a tall order.

May 14, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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He's right. This isn't a division that you win just be being good. They have to want it more than Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and that's a tall order.

At least they're becoming more relevant.

May 14, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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He's right. This isn't a division that you win just be being good. They have to want it more than Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and that's a tall order.

They'll have to take advantage of Suggs being down while they can. His absence may not be enough though.

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May 14, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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Ok then, you should know the Bengals track record. They fall apart the year after they had a successful season.

The prima dona's are gone and Dalton is a damn good qb.

May 14, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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Agreed....they've got a legit shot to win their division.

The great thing about the off season is that everybody still has a chance

May 14, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Bengals got a steal in Marvin Jones. Excellent receiver with good work ethic. Won't be a diva.

May 14, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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The great thing about the off season is that everybody still has a chance

Off season workouts don't mean squat. Everyone looks good running around in underwear and helmets.

 
May 14, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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Cincy IS winning the division next year.... Steelers cut alot of players and are trying to fill holes while the Ravens are just getting old... the loss of Suggs is going to kill the Ravens this year as well as the always underperforming self proclaimed best QB in the NFL Flacco..

It will be a four team race for that division.

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