Holdouts with the Bengals are nothing new. DE Justin Smith sat out 50 days back in 2001, OLB David Pollack missed all of training camp back in 2005. Now indications are pointing to the Bengals first round pick this year – OL Andre Smith, holding out of training camp.
Chick Ludwig of the Dayton Daily News spoke about Smith in his column today, stating that the Bengals better “anticipate a long and arguably agonizing holdout from first-round draft pick Andre Smith.” That;s a shame, since Smith is a player that has a shot to have an impact his rookie season for the cats.
With the Bengals no strangers to first-round holdouts, this one won’t be such a shock, but the problem is Smith is a player that should be able to simply see what the picks around him are getting and should get in camp once it starts. Problem is – it doesn’t look likely to happen.