The Cincinnati Bengals held their final training camp session Thursday morning, and thus ends camp No. 12 for head coach Marvin Lewis. This may have been one of his most successful in terms of injuries.
Through two weeks, Marvin Jones is the only starter to have suffered an injury that will cause him to miss the start of the regular season. Even he should be back after the first three games to start the year.
Previously-injured players like Geno Atkins and Leon Hall had good camps in which they progressed in their rehab to the point where they should ready for the start of the season. There's still two weeks of preseason left, but you can't really ask for a better training camp in terms of the minimal amount of injuries they've had.
Speaking of which, several veteran will be held out of Saturday's contest vs. the Jets for precautionary measures including Andrew Whitworth, Jermaine Gresham and Andre Smith will be out. Will Svitek and Marshall Newhouse are the likely starting tackles.
As for went on in practice, it was another good day for Andy Dalton. By my count, he had 14 good days compared to just two bad practices. He looked sharper, had better anticipation and timing with his receivers, and seemed to be playing like he had something to prove instead of like he had the pressure of an ongoing contract negotiation taking place. He looks poised to have another season in which he improves off the previous year. How much he improves will determine the Bengals' postseason fate.
It was a good day for Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green. Sanu was consistently getting open underneath while Green was catching whatever was thrown his way, including a highlight-reel endzone grab.
Sometimes no news is good news. That's been the case with Darqueze Dennard. The rookie cornerback has been solid in coverage while rarely getting beat for big plays. He made a rare camp interception today, a pick-six off of Matt Scott to cap off of a great first camp for the rookie.