The Bengals hit the field on Wednesday for the second day of the team's mandatory minicamp. Inside Paul Brown Stadium the players were sweating it out while getting to work.
The day came with some good news as offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi who sat out on Tuesday was in uniform and practicing. Ogbuehi sat for most, if not all of the prior OTA sessions due to an undisclosed injury. It’s great to hear he was able to practice today and will be able to work toward earning the starting right tackle role. Ogbuehi's injury was reportedly not related to his ACL tear, suffered in his final collegiate game. And, it shouldn’t be as Ogbuehi was cleared to play toward the end of last season and was active for the final five games last season, including the playoff loss.
Wide receiver James Wright also was in a helmet and practicing for the first time since injuring his knee during the 2014 season. Wright had microfracture surgery in August of 2015 and is finally back in action and ready to practice with this teammates. It should be assumed that he’ll ease back into things and it’s doubtful he participated to the extent that his teammates did on Tuesday. Still, this is great news for Wright who will be looking to prove he’s worthy of a roster spot this year.
Here’s James Wright running a route on his first day back. pic.twitter.com/X4cCAWddkP— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) June 15, 2016
Veterans Vontaze Burfict, Domata Peko, Andrew Whitworth and Karlos Dansby all weren't dressed and received rest days on Wednesday, per Coley Harvey. Though, Burfict was seen with Rey Maualuga sprinting around the field (as Maualuga did on Tuesday, too). The duo reported to OTAs overweight, per a report and now seem to be running to drop their extra pounds. Here’s a picture of Burfict from Monday and it does appear he’s gained a noticeable amount of weight since the end of last season.
Jake Fisher and Ogbuehi were practicing at left tackle on Wednesday, with Whitworth given the day off. The 2015 Draft picks will be competing for the starting right tackle job this offseason, so it's interesting that this is the second time it’s been mentioned that the pair were practicing on the left side. Though, you have to figure offensive tackles don’t do all that much in OTAs as these are no-contact practices.
According to Harvey, the Bengals' offense isn’t getting an easy week:
Bengals OC Ken Zampese isn't making it easy for Cincy's defense in this minicamp. Defenders doing a lot of pre-snap talking and communicating. Feels like a game in that sense. Some defensive players have said team drills this spring have been more of a guessing game than in the past. They seem to think that'll help.
Wide receiver Jake Kumerow will be someone to watch this summer and today, he was apparently impressing those in attendance at practice. Like Wright, Kumerow will be fighting with a large group of young wide receivers for a spot on the Bengals roster.
Jake Kumerow continues to impress. Just caught sideline laser from AJ McCarron in front of @Local12Skinny and I. Tough catch w dbl coverage.— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) June 15, 2016
After A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell, the two to three remaining wide receiver spots on the Bengals’ 53-man roster are anyone’s for the taking. Here’s the full list of receivers currently on the Bengals’ roster: Green, LaFell, Boyd, Wright, Kumerow, Mario Alford, Cody Core, Alex Erickson, Antwane Grant, Alonzo Russell and Brandon Tate. About half of that group will be gone come September.
Tomorrow will be the final day of the Bengals mandatory minicamp before the team takes a six week summer break. Training camp dates have yet to be released but you can figure the Bengals will be back in action during the final week of July.