GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) - Running back Cedric Benson was still learning the playbook when he got his first hand-off. And he wasn't alone.
The Cincinnati Bengals were back to full strength on Thursday night, but had a lot of catching up to do. Benson and quarterbacks Bruce Gradkowski and Jordan Palmer were among the group of players able to practice for the first time with a new collective bargaining agreement in place.
Benson has been the Bengals' top running back each of the past three seasons. He was a free agent, but signed a one-year deal to stay. Benson says coordinator Jay Gruden's new offense is a lot different than the old one, and he's still trying to learn the terminology.
Gradkowski and Palmer are competing for playing time along with rookie quarterback Andy Dalton.