The Bengals were back on the practice field Monday following a nice Sunday off.
For the most part, Day 9 of training camp was dedicated to special teams work and individual work, though there were some brief team sessions.
Here is a look at our four takeaways from what transpired Monday.
1) Greene is Gold
Fresh off of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Kevin Greene shed his brand-new gold jacket to don Bengals stripes for a day. Greene spent time this offseason training Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt, so it wasn't a surprise to see the former Rams, Panthers and Steelers great teaching other Bengals his secrets to being a great pass-rusher.
Pro Bowl pass-rusher Carlos Dunlap gets a lesson from Hall of Famer Kevin Greene. #Bengals pic.twitter.com/bgmfStcRux— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) August 8, 2016
HOF'er Kevin Greene working with D line. Wonder how #Steelers fans feel seeing him in #Bengals gear. pic.twitter.com/nleAzuNbL9— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) August 8, 2016
Greene also has ties to the Bengals in the form of head coach Marvin Lewis. While Greene was playing for the Steelers from 1993-1995, Lewis was the team's linebackers coach from 1992-95.
It’s great to see one of the greatest pass-rushers ever helping the Bengals’ pass-rushers further hone their craft. We already know how much guys like Hunt and Will Clarke need it.
2) Healthy Returns
The Bengals got a lot of great news on the injury front with several banged-up guys returning. Derron Smith, Jake Kumerow, Ryan Hewitt and Chris Lewis-Harris were back practicing Monday after missing part of last week.
Kumerow returned after missing almost a full week with a hamstring injury. He was putting himself on the right side of the roster bubble before the setback, but he picked up right where he left off on Monday.
Jake Kumerow with the catch #bengals https://t.co/HaXNmprBwW— sarah (@sarahpamerica) August 8, 2016
As for Lewis-Harris, he missed several sessions due to an excused absence to deal with a personal matter. He's all but guaranteed a roster spot now that Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson III are hurt and Leon Hall is in New York. Heck, Lewis-Harris was essentially the second starting corner on Monday while Dre Kirkpatrick also sat out Monday for an unknown reason.
That hopefully won't last since that means Lewis-Harris would go up against teams' top receivers, like one A.J. Green.
AJ Green with the red zone touchdown. pic.twitter.com/gbguLtmaJr— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) August 8, 2016
As for Smith, he's very likely to be the third safety this year, but after rarely seeing the field as a rookie, any injury could be detrimental to his potential playing time in 2016.
Hewitt is also in for a bigger role thanks to injury, though that will be more at tight end instead of his more natural fullback role. Tyler Eifert is very likely missing Week 1 (more on that later) and Tyler Kroft could miss Week 1 as well with his knee sprain. Though, the hope is Kroft will be back for Week 1.
Also returning to action on Monday were Matt Lengel, Trevor Roach and James Wright. All three are fighting for their roster lives, so anytime they miss could make bursting their bubbles even easier to do. Wright simply sat out the Family Day mock scrimmage, likely for safety precaution.
3) McCarron MIA
Perhaps the biggest story to come out of Monday was the odd departure of AJ McCarron. He came out onto the practice field as the team was stretching, but quickly departed and never returned.
It's odd to ever see a player come and go like that with no previous word of injury or other ailment. However, it has since been reported that McCarron is dealing with a stiff neck that shouldn't keep him out of team's preseason opener on Friday. However, Lewis said after practice that McCarron wasn't feeling well, so there's that.
Even if McCarron does miss more practice time and even the preseason opener, that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Keith Wenning has shown glimpses of being a quality backup quarterback, though he's rarely gotten the reps to prove that with McCarron and Andy Dalton ahead of him on the depth chart.
It would be nice to see more of Wenning to get a better idea of if he should make the final roster as a third quarterback, be sent to the practice squad or if he should be cut altogether. McCarron being out also means undrafted free agent Joe Licata gets to show what he's made of.
4) Spreading the Wealth
With Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones playing for another team and Tyler Kroft and Tyler Eifert sidelined, there's been a lot of production loss from 2015 that's been spread around in camp. The good news is most of the guys are making the most of their potential opportunities to take on a big role in the offense this year.
Tyler Boyd was held on this play. He still made the catch. pic.twitter.com/mPswVDo4gr— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) August 8, 2016
Cedric Peerman wide open for the catch #bengals https://t.co/FVXUZMoQ5A— sarah (@sarahpamerica) August 8, 2016
Dalton to Boyd #bengals https://t.co/I7gAmv7wwy— sarah (@sarahpamerica) August 8, 2016
Dalton with a great deep ball to LaFell #bengals https://t.co/pR4zI8oMC5— sarah (@sarahpamerica) August 8, 2016
Whether it's Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd or even Cedric Peerman, guys are stepping up in the passing game to ensure this offense keeps producing points. Boyd and LaFell look like they’re already getting comfortable in their new starting roles, which has been one of, if not the most positive development to come out of camp thus far.
The Bengals are off on Tuesday before their joint practices with the Vikings on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. ET and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. ET.
What was your biggest takeaway from Monday's camp session?