Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Andre Smith should be a rookie starter at offensive tackle. After giving up 51 sacks last year and losing two starters to free agency, the Bengals needed an immediate upgrade to their offensive line. Enter Smith, who has been called a dominant run blocker and a solid pass blocker. He can come in and take over at left tackle for Levi Jones or move to right tackle, where a spot is open after Stacy Andrews left for the Eagles. A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 1/6 -- Andre Smith, OT, 6-4, 332, Alabama...The Bengals all along had him as their top-rated tackle. He was the best run blocker of the top four tackles and is also judged to be a solid pass blocker. The Bengals finalized their decision on Thursday when offensive line coach Paul Alexander made a surprise visit to Birmingham, Ala., to meet and weigh Smith. - by The Sports Xchange
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10/10/13 - OT Andre Smith was limited due to a shoulder injury but is expected to play on Sunday.
08/26/13 - OT Andre Smith tweaked his knee during the second quarter of the Dallas game but indications are he will be ready for the opener.
07/31/13 - T Andre Smith was back on the field Monday as the Bengals held their second practice in full pads.
Smith signed a three-year, $18 million extension on April 26, but missed offseason workouts including the mandatory minicamp due to personal issues.
"Everyone has been real cool," said Smith. "Everyone understands I had some things going on. They understand that's life outside of football. Everybody took it pretty well."
With most concerned about Smith's conditioning, the fifth-year player reported at 342 pounds, which is near his playing weight. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden noted that he thought Smith was a lot stronger and bigger.
"We've just got to be sure he gets his legs under him and he can handle the heat play after play after play and not just take two and sit out," Gruden said. "He's got to be able to handle five-, seven-, eight-, 10-play drives. He'll slowly get in that shape."
LB James Harrison is still having a bit of an adjustment period with the defense and has leaned on Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict to get up to speed.
"They're helping me out with things that I need to know on the field. It's a switch of positions for me so to speak where I'm learning from a younger guy," Harrison said.
Harrison was getting comfortable with the defense during OTAs and minicamp, but with the month away, he knew it was going to be a process again of getting back up to speed. Harrison will line up at SAM (outside) linebacker but could be in for only one third of the snaps.
Added Harrison: "Everyone is behind right now. We had a lot of the defense put in on Sunday. Maybe just as much defense we had the past three days."
DE Margus Hunt has tons of athletic potential, but has only played the game for five years. That is why this season is being considered as a development year for the defensive end.
In the Oklahoma Drill, which means more for fans than it does to coaches, Hunt did get some leverage on offensive tackle Dennis Roland. Thi
07/24/13 - RT Andre Smith (calf) was placed on the active/non-football injury list by the Cincinnati Bengals to begin training camp.
12/21/12 - OT Andre Smith (foot) was limited in practice on Thursday. He could be questionable for Sunday.