Friday, April 30, 2010

Bengals coach likes Briscoe


The Cincinnati Bengals had one goal in mind heading into last week’s NFL Draft — get help on offense.

After nine picks and three days of drafting, the Bengals believe they’ve done it, and a big reason for that is former Kansas University wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, whom they selected in the sixth round.

“He really has a nice skill set,” Bengals receivers coach Mike Sheppard told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He has excellent hands and is in and out of cuts real well. We were amazed that he was sitting there (in the sixth round). We had him higher. We weren’t necessarily in the market to get a receiver at that point but it was a case where we branched a little bit from our need and went out and got him.”

Just a couple of years removed from being one of the league’s most potent offenses, the Bengals have struggled in recent years, particularly in the passing game. Part of that has been because of the poor health of franchise quarterback Carson Palmer, and the other part has been the inconsistent play of those around him.

By adding Briscoe, who finished his three-year KU career as the school-record holder in career receiving yards (3,240) and career touchdowns (31), as well as former Texas receiver Jordan Shipley (third round) and Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham (first round), the Bengals believe they’ve addressed their greatest need.

“Obviously, our No. 1 goal this offseason has been to give Carson more weapons and threats and put people in place to help enhance our passing game and get us back to where we were,” Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis told the Enquirer.

Briscoe will report to Bengals’ rookie minicamp this weekend.

Gill going racing

KU coach Turner Gill will make his first visit to Kansas Speedway. Gill will ride two or three laps in an IndyCar Series two-seater at 8 a.m. Saturday, as the series prepares for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 later that day. In addition, he’ll be introduced to the Speedway crowd just before the start of the race.

Lockett keeps up K-State tradition

Just a week after naming KU and K-State as his leaders, Class of 2011 wide receiver Tyler Lockett, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds from Tulsa, Okla., has orally committed to Kansas State, according to

The move comes as virtually no surprise, considering Lockett’s father, Kevin, and uncle, Aaron, both starred at KSU.


KU_Alumn_2000 8 years, 1 month ago

I'd like to see briscoe tear up the NFL. Too bad he's not wearing a chiefs uni.

Ashwin Rao 8 years, 1 month ago

I am glad that he is a Bengal! Now we have two Jayhawks in the team! One more reason to go to the games!

Kevin Studer 8 years, 1 month ago

What are the odds he ever sees the field this year? The Bengals aren't going to play a rookie tight end and two rookie receivers. He won't get 20 catches this year.

Rick Arnoldy 8 years, 1 month ago

Even if you don’t start doesn’t mean you don’t play. Receivers are rotated to keep fresh legs on the field.

jakzhumans 8 years, 1 month ago

Why wouldn't they play all of them? The Bengals had the 26th-ranked passing offense in football last year. Their second-leading receiver has 510 receiving yards in his CAREER. Their starting tight end last year has 33 career receptions for three different teams. The only free agents they brought in this off-season at those positions were Antonio Bryant and Daniel Coats, not exactly overwhelming talents. As soon as this draft class had their names announced it's likely they became three of the four best receivers on the team. They should all see ample playing time.

MitchumMan 8 years, 1 month ago

I agree that Briscoe probably won't have that much production this year. But that's to be expected if you look at the history of the NFL. Most WRs start to come on strong around their 3rd year in the league. Plus, I think I saw yesterday that the Bengals have one of the toughest schedules for the passing game this year.

justinryman 8 years, 1 month ago

1 WR Ochocinco, that's a fact, you could by the end of the season see Briscoe at the #2 and Shipley in the slot, that's where TX had him playing at the end of the season, and I'm sure thats the postion they drafted him for. Plus if Gresham is healthy he should start game one. Not saying this will happen, but there is no reason it won't. As long as Dez goes out and works hard he will get on the filed a lot and potentially start by seasons end. Palmer needs guys who can get open and make catches, that way you have 85 down the field to make the highlights and open up the running game. On a side note Shipley could be thier #1 return man too.

NebraskaJayhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

Kevin Lockett has a son old enough to play college football already? I'm getting old...

Michael Leiker 8 years, 1 month ago

Gill needs to cut out the photo opps and start sawing some wood. We're constantly hearing about this guy doing anything but watching film, recruiting and coaching football. Freaking PR head coaches.

bad_dog 8 years, 1 month ago

leikness, I doubt a few hours here and there are going to have a direct correlation to the teams' performance next fall. I consider public appearances to be a portion of his responsibilities as Head Coach. Coach Self has these types of appearances too, doesn't he?

I believe MM would have done the same thing-wait a second, he abhorred public appearances and wouldn't have fit into the 2 seater Indy car anyway-nevermind. He'd probably try to park it in a handicapped spot if he did.

HCTG is the face of the program and should be doing things to enhance the public perception of the team. You never know when a recruit, coach or parent may see him and decide to consider KU as a result of such appearances.

Just my opinion-I could be wrong...

justinryman 8 years, 1 month ago

Let's see HCTG's wife and youngest daughter still aren't here, so Im sure when he's not in his office or duing these PR things that he is watching film. And as bad_dog said whats wrong with getting out and letting people see the face of the program and letting people see the KU brand. It's not like he is doing a pr event every weekend, plus there are rules when you can recruit and so on, something about the NCAA governing body or something. Geesh, lets not bang on the guy to hard until they loose two in a row.

Rick Arnoldy 8 years, 1 month ago

Living near Cincy, the Bengals have a declining Ocho Cinco and a bunch of average receivers. I think Briscoe will be given a legitimate shot.

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