The Cincinnati Bengals were in full pads for the third to last open-to-the-public training camp session of the summer on Monday. This, after having a day off on Sunday following Saturday’s team scrimmage at Family Day.
The big story of the day was tight end C.J. Uzomah injuring his lower leg during the middle of practice and getting carted off-the-field. That’s terrible news for the third year tight end, but now we wait to find out how serious the injury truly is.
After missing a few days of practice in the last week, offensive lineman T.J. Johnson is back in action, which is good news for him as Trey Hopkins is coming after his job as the No. 1 lineman off the bench, including being a backup at center.
On the flip side, fellow backup center J.J. Dielman was not dressed for practice.
#Bengals rookie center J.J. Dielman also in shorts & a T-shirt today.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) August 7, 2017
Jordan Willis also did not participate in practice; it’s unknown if/when he experienced an injury to cause that.
Also not practicing were George Iloka (knee), Brandon Wilson (knee), Jake Kumerow (ankle), Cedric Peerman (hamstring), Tony McRae (undisclosed) and P.J. Dawson (arm).
Another rookie, O-lineman J.J. Dielman not working, along w/ usuals Iloka, Wilson, Kumerow, Peerman, McRae, Dawson#Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) August 7, 2017
Fresh off his trip to Canton, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony this weekend, Anthony Munoz was at Bengals training camp on Monday.
Additionally, former Bengals Takeo Spikes and Solomon Wilcots were at practice on behalf of SiriusXM NFL Radio. Both Spikes and Wilcots made the Bengals First 50 list and will be honored at a home game this year.
The team opened practice with some special teams work.
There’s nothing wrong with being in a good mood!
#Bengals CB Adam Jones in a great mood before practice today. Went around and talked to everyone in stretch lines. Singing to Kendrick.— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) August 7, 2017
Positive offensive line Tweet:
Wide receiver action:
More John Ross:
Another positive offensive line Tweet:
Tyler Boyd putting in work:
Josh Malone has been getting a bunch of praise in recent practices for things like this:
This isn’t great to hear about William Jackson, but it sure is good for Boyd.
The Bengals have been experimenting with some strange defensive line looks.
Alex Erickson has been doing well as a pass-catcher in recent days.
This kind of stuff is what makes training camp great... well, part of what makes camp great.
Brandon LaFell making friends at practice, playing catch with some youngsters between reps. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) August 7, 2017
Get excited about Joe Mixon!
Katherine ain't lyin. Joe Mixon continues to make plays. https://t.co/ftUKfj6AWd— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) August 7, 2017
Sound the alarm, that’s a third positive offensive line Tweet and it relates to Cedric Ogbuehi:
It’s good that Jackson is in position to make an interception, but he can’t keep dropping them...
He did get his hands on a ball to break up a pass later on... Also of note here is Mixon being used in the pass game. That was the case during Saturday’s practice, too, during which he scored a touchdown on a pass from Andy Dalton.
Will Jackson, Darqueze Dennard sniffing that starting job in opener. Both showing well in practice today. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) August 7, 2017
Boom Williams was among those working on kickoff returns on Monday.
What’s that? A fourth positive offensive line Tweet, all in one day?!
It’s going to be hard for wide receiver Alonzo Russell to find a spot on the Bengals’ 53-man roster anytime soon, but he may be snatched up by another team if he does well in the preseason.
Or even a Canadian team...
After the Uzomah news, it’s good to hear that Tyler Kroft made a good play in practice.
And that Tyler Eifert is hitting pay dirt, too.
There isn’t much talk of linebackers during camp, so this is good news:
Kevin Minter had a great tackle on the goal line. Joe Mixon cut back and was about a yard short of the end zone— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) August 7, 2017
Jake Elliott was three for three on field goals on Monday, which is encouraging after he missed a 52-yard field goal and a PAT on Saturday during the team’s live scrimmage.
Next Up: The Bengals have their final two open-to-the-public training camp practices on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. ET (gates open at 2:30 p.m. ET) and Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. ET (gates open at 2:45 p.m. ET).