A new world for Owens

By Joe Reedy
Updated: July 31, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Ky. — There aren’t too many times when you’ll see a player entering his 15th NFL season carrying another player’s shoulder pads.

Then again, you might see a little bit of everything at this year’s Bengals training camp.

Following Friday’s two-hour session on the main field at Georgetown College, new Bengal Terrell Owens carried fellow wide receiver Chad Ochocinco’s helmet and pads back to the locker room in a bit of friendly hazing.

Owens said he didn’t know how long he would be on equipment-carrying duty for Ochocinco.

“I guess until he tells me I’m good to go,” Owens said. “I don’t have a problem with it. Whatever Chad says, Chad gets.”

One day after signing with the team, Owens is trying to get up to speed with the offense. He had a couple nice catches on intermediate routes Friday, including a pass from Carson Palmer in front of cornerback Adam Jones.

Owens said he’s working overtime trying to get more in sync with Palmer.

“It’s getting better, and that’s the thing with this offense,” Owens said.

“With any new offense where you come in fresh and are new to the system, it’s going to be a little bit of a learning curve. It’s going to have its ups and downs, but I try to get everything down and once I do that I can play free.

“It’s not easy; I feel like I’m a rookie all over again. But it will come around.”