Day 3 of Bengals training camp 2014 went about the same as the first two days with some notable performances from new guys. But first thing's first: The latest to come off the PUP lit was DT Devon Still. As he was activated, rookie offensive tackle Curtis Feight was waived.
Jermaine Gresham, Marvin Jones, Geno Atkins and Andrew Whitworth continued to sit out, and Gresham appeared to be doing worse than the other three.
Andy Dalton had a slow start today, but bounced back nicely to give him his third straight solid camp session. Though the pads have yet to fully come on, Dalton's performance has been one of the biggest bright spots of camp so far. He regressed a bit though in 11-on-11, going just 4-of-11. Overall, it was still a good day, but not as good as his first two days.
It certainly helps though when you have as many weapons as he does, but with Jones and Gresham out, it's been Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Tate stepping up at receiver. Both made a number of nice plays today, including a nice sideline-catch by Sanu and a 50-yard bomb to Tate.
At corner, Terence Newman had been the star of the first two practices, but it was Adam Jones today who was breaking up several passes. When healthy Jones is one of the NFL's most underrated corners and a borderline Pro-Bowler. It's going to be hard to give him less defensive snaps in order to play him on the return unit more.
Speaking of corners, Darqueze Dennard had his breakout practice today, even picking off an errant Dalton throw. As mentioned previously, it's going to be hard to play Jones less on D, but if Dennard plays well, that becomes a lot easier to do.
Dre Kirkpatrick also had a decent practice after doing the same the previous two days. There was a brief scare when he appeared to pull a hamstring during a drill, but stretched it out and went right back into practice. He's in a bit of a make-or-break year with so many vets, along with first-rounder Dennard, to make an impact or risk falling down the depth chart.