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Cincinnati Quotes at Colts

HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS  (on the game in general) “We kind of got an opportunity tonight to look at the guys we really wanted a chance to look at. We got a lot of snaps of guys.

HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS  (on the game in general) * *

"We kind of got an opportunity tonight to look at the guys we really wanted a chance to look at. We got a lot of snaps of guys. That was the whole plan of this summer, and we were able to kind of conclude it tonight. It was a   close game throughout, and every time the Colts were able to score, we went back and answered, which is a good thing. The only negative I'd like to clean up is a little of the stuff on special teams. Some of it was on guys, I think, that have an opportunity to stay here with us and might be in some of those situations down the road."

HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS  (on the backup quarterbacks)

"I thought they did a pretty good job. I thought we did things OK. We had some protection issues in there with some of the guys. But that's the only way they're going to learn to play."

HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS  (more on backup quarterbacks J.T. O'Sullivan and Jordan Palmer)

"(O'Sullivan) was able to get rid of the football and throw it away tonight and escape and move and live to play another day, which is a good thing. And I thought Jordan came in at the end and did a good job. For the most part, they kind of handled situations, were much calmer, and that's good."

HEAD COACH MARVIN LEWIS  (on Cedric Peerman)

"He shows the speed that we know he's got. That was the thing Cedric had coming out of Virginia a year ago. It kind of got him elevated up in the draft. We know he can do it. He's been an impressive guy for us."

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QB- CARSON PALMER  (on the quarterbacks' play in general in the game)

"It's just good to be healthy coming out of it. To get a win gives you a little extra boost, I guess you could say. (It's good) to be healthy and start focusing on New England. "

QB- CARSON PALMER  (on Cedric Peerman)

"A big effort. He's been playing well since he got here. He's explosive, he's fast and he showed that on one run. He's been showing it all camp long. Unfortunately, he had a little bit of an injury early, so he didn't get a ton of reps. Good to see, when he finally got his reps, he made the best of it."

QB- CARSON PALMER  (on Jerome Simpson)

"Another big night for him. He was playing on special teams, too, so good to see him out there running around and trying to get in the mix a little on special teams. He made a real nice catch on a deep ball in the end zone on a corner route. He just looked good."

QB- CARSON PALMER  (on where the team stands right now)

"We'll find out. I think we have the right mindset right now. We have a good group of guys, a good veteran group of guys, some good young guys who can contribute. But there are no predictions. Nobody has a crystal  ball and knows where we're headed. All we can do is continue to work and get better."

QB-J.T. O'SULLIVAN (on his play in the game)

"I felt good. It was exactly the same as I try to approach it every time, try to maximize every single opportunity and play each play as its own and try to do the best I can."

HB-CEDRIC PEERMAN (on his touchdown run) *
*"To be able to get out into the open field is a good thing, but you can't do that without the guys doing the job up front and that's what it took, a total team effort.  I just tried to run behind my blocks and try to run with my eyes and do the best you can."

HB-CEDRIC PEERMAN (on whether he thought someone would catch him on his touchdown run)

"There's some fast guys out there, so who knows. I just try to run as fast as I can and after that you never know what's going to happen."

HB-CEDRIC PEERMAN (on the Bengals' return game)

"Just the guys up front do a great job of getting their blocks. We work hard on those things and it's good to see hard work pay off."

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