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Much improved Dalton, 'Lamborghini' defense headlines day two of mini camp

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By Brett Bibbins

With the second day of mini camp underway, the Cincinnati Bengals are ushering in an era of increased effort and energy across the board. 

Those watching the first day of mini camp came away with the impression that starting quarterback Andy Dalton had shown noticeable improvement from last season. 

"We notice a difference. He's really slinging the ball," Bengals' wide receiver Marvin Jones said.  "Everybody feels it. We definitely feel it, because we're the ones catching it. You can tell he's spent time in the off season working on his craft and we're excited about that."
 
With a new set of coordinators in Cincinnati, players are starting to notice a difference in the energy level on both sides of the ball. 

"I think the energy and really just the aggressiveness will be different.  That's player driven and coach driven," Bengals' guard Andrew Whitworth said.

"This group has been good the last couple of years, but it's been young. Now it's coming into the age when you'd start to call these guys veteran football players, so they have to start figuring out what's important and what they'll be known for. Not just being a good player, but how they play the game."
 
The defense returns a solid core, but rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard believes he can still provide contributions on the field. 

"Basically, I look at it as like a Lamborghini," Dennard said in reference to the defensive unit.  "It has all the tools to be great.  It really doesn't need me, but I'm just here to bring a little more to it. We have a lot of great players around, the defensive line, linebackers, as well as the secondary. It's a deep group at all the positions, and it's just me trying to find my way and help out the best I can. It's a great defense already, I'm just trying to help out."

Dennard remains the only unsigned Bengals' draftee, but says he isn't worrying about the contract negotiations. 

"I'm really not worried about my deal right now. If you do a great job in this league, you'll end up getting everything you want out of it. That's all I'm trying to do, basically just focus on what I can do to help the team out and help the team win. The deal will come when it comes," Dennard said. 

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