Monday, July 30, 2012

Enquirer's Joe Reedy calls Brandon Ghee most improved

Brandon Ghee making best impression early for Bengals

Cornerback Brandon Ghee talks with head coach Marvin Lewis during Sunday's training camp practice.
Cornerback Brandon Ghee talks with head coach Marvin Lewis during Sunday's training camp practice. / The Enquirer/Amanda Davidson
When it comes to players on the Bengals roster who have made the most improvement from last year to this season, Armon Binns name has been frequently brought up. But if you were going to pick out a player on defense, it would be cornerback Brandon Ghee.

After having a great offseason program, Ghee has continued to make a case to keep his spot on the 53-man roster during the first three days of training camp. With six corners sitting out Sunday’s practice, Ghee started with the first team and had an interception.
Said Ghee of the impression he has made so far: “I think I made a good one but I can make a better one by getting more interceptions and compete for a spot on this team and get playing time. I just have to keep pushing.”
Ghee is going into his third season. A third-round pick in 2010, he has battled injuries the last two years in training camp. He played in only six games in his rooie season before a hamstring injury put him on injured reserve.

Last season, he played in only two preseason games and was among the final cuts. After clearing waivers, the Bengals signed him to the practice squad for the first nine games before being moved up to the 53-man roster after Leon Hall’s Achilles injury. Ghee was in eight games last year, including the playoffs, but was mostly on special teams.

“I think the day I got cut was the day that changed my life to be honest with you,” Ghee said. “I have learned how to compete (at the pro level). Over the past two years I was inconsistent. I would compete one day and not compete the next. I have to go hard every play. A lot of rookies especially DBs go through that maturity process and now I’m doing well.”

Ghee will need to remain healthy throughout this camp if he is going to stay on the roster. Before camp, he worked out at Ignition APG in Mason with Domata Peko, Rey Maualuga, Terence Newman, Adam Jones, Taylor Mays and other Bengals players.

When asked to evaluate the Bengals secondary, Hall said Ghee was the best cornerback during the offseason program.

With six former first-round corners on the roster, Ghee needs to continue showing in practice and the preseason games why he should remain. So far he has done that but we are only through three of 16 training camp practices.

Said Ghee when asked if he tries to figure out how many corners the Bengals might keep: “I don’t think about it at all. I just take it day by day. There are some days when you have good plays and some with bad plays. I just come out and improve on technique and it has been going well.”

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