The Bengals held Family Day Saturday with an open scrimmage being the biggest highlight. The names not present were mostly the same. Marvin Jones, Andrew Whitworth, Jermaine Gresham and AJ McCarron remained on PUP, while Andre Smith was held out due to being in the NFL concussion protocol. Geno Atkins was also given the day off, though that was part of the plan as the Bengals ease back into football shape.
Of those mentioned on PUP, Jones told ESPN's Coley Harvey that he could be back on the field soon.
"I'm close," Jones said Saturday, smiling. "It's always tough when everything starts up and you see your boys out there running around. You wish you could be there, but in due time. It's just tough standing out there on the sideline and just ... standing. You want to be active and get out there."
As for what jones has seen from the sideline, he's impressed with how explosive and efficient the offense has been.
"Offense looks great. Everybody's tuned in. Everybody's finishing," Jones said. "It's just the attitude and all that. To get to step back and go on the sidelines and really look at everything and see how the whole team is flying to the ball, it's a really good feeling."
As far as who else missed Saturday, offensive guards Mike Pollak and Clint Boling were each given the day off. Those two had been rotating days on and off, but the team opted to hold both of them out of the scrimmage.
That meant the starting offensive line was Marshall Newhouse, Will Svitek, Trey Hopkins, Russell Bodine and Kevin Zeitler. Only one of those players was even with the Bengals last year.