The Cincinnati Bengals had a productive second day of training camp with 2,100 fans in attendance at the practice fields just west of Paul Brown Stadium.
The pads come on tomorrow, but today there were many one-on-one, seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills that mostly showcased the offense. A.J. Green, Cody Core and Joe Mixon all made great plays during the day while John Ross impressed with his speed on one-on-one drills, the only ones in which he’s currently participating.
Take takeaways from Saturday:
- A.J. Green looked great, as per usual.
- John Ross impressed with his speed.
- Dre Kirkpatrick had a pick-six on Andy Dalton.
- Adam Jones got beat a few times, though it’s nothing to worry about... yet.
- William Jackson had his second interception of training camp.
- Joe Mixon is already a fan favorite and had a touchdown on Saturday.
- Carl Lawson got a lot of work and looked good in the process. He practiced at both defensive end and linebacker.
Michael Johnson and Wallace Gilberry received a veteran’s rest day on Day 2 of Bengals training camp, though both were in attendance and doing some light work on the sidelines.
Was curious who was going to get the first "vet day" for the #Bengals now that Whit's gone - looks like it's Michael Johnson.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) July 29, 2017
After not doing kick returns on Day 1, Alex Erickson was doing kick returns on Day 2 to open up the day. John Ross and Joe Mixon were also participating in kick returns.
Mixon after Ross— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
Trey Hopkins took some reps with the first team offense at right guard as the Bengals mixed things up on Saturday.
Hopkins at RG in first team walkthroughs— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
A look at some side receiver action:
Ross is not going to be a full participant for at least a few more practices, but it’s still great that he’s on the field and doing work.
Ross now going light in said drill.— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
A look at warmups:
Jake Kumerow, who injured his ankle on Friday, did not participate in Saturday’s practice.
No Jake Kumerow. WR got hurt yesterday, was on scooter, in boot in locker room this morning. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) July 29, 2017
Wide receiver work:
Ross in action:
And some Josh Malone, too.
And, more wide receiver work.
Green-Core-Russell-Malone-Ross hitches pic.twitter.com/QUsjguQ1X0— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
A.J. Green, ladies and gentlemen:
Core putting in work:
William Jackson in coverage v Cody Core pic.twitter.com/xmsEsdEjdo— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
For what it's worth, in a WR vs DB drill, WJ3 took the third CB rep, after Adam Jones and Kirkpatrick #bengals— Nick Manchester (@TheManch93) July 29, 2017
Some nice work from Vincent Rey:
Vinny Rey snuffs out Josh Malone reverse pic.twitter.com/CuIZJEtT0q— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
Go Gio, go!
Mixon had a touchdown!
Lawson was getting some work at defensive end today with Johnson sidelined.
Lawson getting good amount of RE snaps with MJ getting vet day off— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
This is an interesting development... Anticipated starting right guard Andre Smith has been getting reps as the only position he’s ever played at the NFL level, right tackle. But, it was with the second team offense. It would actually make a lot of sense for Smith to serve as a backup tackle if he’s beaten out for the starting right guard job.
Andre Smith has been getting reps at right tackle today.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) July 29, 2017
Jake Fisher was holding down the position with the first team group.
Fisher was at RT in first team from what I saw. He's fine. https://t.co/JFYWOA2pSe— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
Malone vs Dre Kirkpatrick:
This is great:
Core scored a touchdown while matched up against Adam Jones:
Cody Core beats Adam Jones "I SEE YA CC" - Dalton afterwards pic.twitter.com/ANIDloCkEw— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
Brandon LaFell with the catch and run, while lined up against William Jackson.
Saturday’s second team interior offensive line was Christian Westerman at left guard, T.J. Johnson at center and Alex Redmond at right guard.
Second team IOL: Westerman - LG, Johnson - C, Redmond - RG— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
More from Green:
The kicking competition got going today with only two of the three kickers kicking. The Bengals did the same during OTAs and minicamp. Jonathan Brown missed from 30-yards out, which is not a great look for the first year kicker. Meanwhile, Randy Bullock made his three kicks.
First round of kicking competition today. Randy Bullock 3 for 3 from 23, 30, 34. Jon Brown good from 23 and 34. Wide right from 30. #Bengals— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) July 29, 2017
A look at some running back drills:
Geno Atkins getting into the backfield, as per usual:
Dre Kirkpatrick had a pick six on Andy Dalton toward the end of the day.
William Jackson also had an interception on AJ McCarron, after picking off Dalton on Friday.
WJ3 throws his hat into to ring for starting CB by picking off McCarron #bengalstraingcamp2017— Nick Manchester (@TheManch93) July 29, 2017
Lawson practiced both at defensive end and linebacker on Saturday.
Lawson a gap blitz as an off ball LB pic.twitter.com/ZfCzdI7lv4— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
The future? It looks like Lawson got a lot of play with the first team.
Possible nickel front of Dunlap-Clarke-Geno-Lawson pic.twitter.com/8vrSyJj5oG— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2017
As always, the day ended with autographs.