The Bengals and the braintrust of HBO's Emmy Award-winning series "Hard Knocks" met with media Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium in preparation of the team's second appearance on the show. The Bengals were the subject of the show in 2009. That five-part series won two Sports Emmy Awards, part of the total of eight Emmys the series has captured in its eight seasons.

The Bengals got their Emmy Award from HBO on Thursday.

This year's series will follow the Bengals as they go through training camp at PBS trying to put behind them a second straight first-round playoff loss at Houston. It's a different scenario from 2009 when the team was training at Georgetown College in Kentucky and trying to rebound from a disastrous 4-11-1 season in 2008. Carson Palmer was the quarterback, coming off of an elbow injury the previous season. Wide receiver Chad Johnson introduced "Child please" to everyone's vernacular. The country was introduced to fullback Chris Pressley and his story as he fought for a roster spot.

Pressley will be back this season, again fighting for a roster spot. This time it will be at the team's PBS complex and he'll be doing so against another former "Hard Knocks" favorite in John Conner, who gained attention in 2010 as a member of the New York Jets.