We're days into Bengals training camp, and there's not much to report that didn't also happen during the first three practices. Though it was the first full-padded practice, we didn't see the Oklahoma Drill, which may or may not have been a bad thing.
As for the injury front, everyone seemed to get out of practice ok, but Dre Kirkpatrick was held out today after injuring his hamstring Saturday. Clint Boling was also held out, but that was a scheduled rest day. Andrew Whitworth, Marvin Jones and Jermaine Gresham was also out, and it's unclear when they'll return.
Through four sessions of camp, the wide receiver position has shaped out like most figured it would. The common belief for awhile now has been AJ Green, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu were locked-in as the top three, while Dane Sanzenbacher, Brandon Tate and Cobi Hamilton would battle for snaps behind them.
That's also been the case during Sunday's practice, where Tate continued to make more noise than expected, and appears to be the No. 4 receiver, if there was a preseason game today. Seventh-round pick James Wright has made some noise, but not enough to feel good about his chances of making the 53-man roster. However, his true impact won't be evident until the preseason games begin, as his biggest impact will be on special teams, something that's hard to simulate in practice.
As for the offensive line, it continued to be mostly LT Marshall Newhouse, LG Mike Pollak, C Russell Bodine, RG Kevin Zeitler and RT Andre Smith. Despite being a rookie 4th-round pick, Bodine has held up well at center, reinforcing the Bengals' belief that they got their starting center of the future on Day 3 of this year's NFL Draft.
Speaking of the draft, 2nd-round running back Jeremy Hill made a little more noise today, as he and Bernard were gashing the defense in the first fully-padded practice. Those two figure to be a big part of the Bengals offense this year, and Hill has done nothing to lower the expectations being placed on him, while Bernard looks like he's ready for a bigger workload in year 2.