This was part of an article recently on the Bengals.com website. This quote from it struck me as a great ray of hope for the team. It shows players are really stepping up and being leaders.
Jerome Simpson is the future. One of the more lasting images of the OTA came after practice officially ended and a majority of the players headed for the locker room. With the quarterbacks off to the side mugging it up for the NFL Network, the only other players remaining on the field were Simpson and Marcus Maxwell - the latter working personally with the rookie. After wrapping up his obligation with Solomon Wilcots and crew, Carson Palmer walked over to work with Jerome as well. The franchise quarterback and the second-round pick from Coastal Carolina were the last two players off the field. One could see that Simpson was a sponge, soaking up all the knowledge Carson was willing to share as they strolled from midfield across the street and into the stadium.