Episode 2 of Hard Knocks shows things heating up as the Bengals traveled to Atlanta for their first pre-season game.
Here’s how the episode started:
I’m about to get football-y, so if you’re here for the silly pictures, keep scrolling.
Even though Andy Dalton has the starting QB position locked down, there’s still competition to be his back-up. It’s between laid-back dude John Skelton, who has trouble learning the play calls, and Josh Johnson, whose “accuracy is just horrible.” John’s beautiful touchdown pass in the pre-season game might have given him the edge, but I don’t think anyone is overwhelmed by the options here.
There’s also fierce competition in the fullback position. The experienced option is former NY Jets John Connor (#32), who was dubbed “The Terminator” on 2010′s Hard Knocks. A player hit by Connor exclaimed, “I think he knocked like three dreads out of my head!” His competition comes from #80, Orson Charles, who recently switched to fullback and is still learning the role. He may be loosing the competition right now, but I like him and his eagerness to learn.
New favorite players
Marcus Hunt (#99) is from Estonia (none of his teammates have heard of it either). His favorite movie is Rocky Four and he’s “strong as sh*t.” He’s a rookie defensive end who has only been playing football for four years, switching to the game when his track and field team got cut in college (this sound eerily like the set-up in She’s the Man). He may not have swag or be besties with any of the other players, but he loves his girlfriend. He does not know what playing possum means.
One of his teammates wants to know if girls from Estonia look like him? Nope, they don’t (so that’s a no on She’s the Man then…).
This is Terrence Stephens (#62), and this is the face he makes when his mom rushes to the sideline of his first NFL game to take his picture. He sings like a choir of angels (even never-cracks-a-smile James Harrison loves it) and sometimes he makes Instagram videos with this rookie besties.
If these guys ever have a rookie talent show, Terrence is the shoo-in winner.
Did you enjoy the episode as much as me?
More importantly, did you play Hard Knocks bingo (because we totally won!)?
Emily Ritter is a contributing writer to Aerys Offsides. She loves Hard Knocks bingo and you can find her tweeting about it @ebritter2.