Friday's training camp session saw just the second fully-padded practice of camp. Ironically, the Bengals' hardest-hitter wasn't present, as Vontaze Burfict was given a veteran's rest day off.
He was joined on the sideline by AJ McCarron, Marvin Jones, Jermaine Gresham and Andrew Whitworth, who were out as they remain on PUP. It was just an hour-long practice, so they didn't miss much, but they still need to get back on the field soon.
The highlight of the day was goal-line work. The defense got the better offense, stopping them short on four of six plays. That's good, considering all of the starting defensive line was out there going against two backups and a rookie on the offensive line.
The most notable action in this session was rookie running back Jeremy Hill fumbling after a hard hit from George Iloka. He never fumbled in his career at LSU, and anytime a rookie puts the ball on the ground, the coaches are quickly on top of it.
Cobi Hamilton had a bounce-back practice after a poor showing Thursday. He's either barely in or on the outside looking in as far as the roster bubble goes, depending on if the Bengals keep 6 of 7 receivers.
Andy Dalton continued to throw well. Despite being down two of his top targets in Jones and Gresham, Dalton is having arguably his best camp. The key thing he's doing better is hitting a variety of receivers and not just locking on AJ Green.
Rookie corner Darqueze Dennard continued to impress, intercepting Jason Campbell on a deep ball intended for Colin Lockett. Even Marvin Lewis is impressed with Dennard's ability to play the deep ball without interfering with the receiver.
At fullback, Nikita Whitlock got some run with the first-team offense. Even though Hue Jackson wants to keep a true fullback, he may opt for an extra blocking tight end like Alex Smith while working to convert Orson Charles into a true H-back, something that hasn't come to fruition in camp thus far.