The Cincinnati Bengals got to work on Tuesday for the final full training camp practice that’s open to the public. Tomorrow’s practice will be just a walkthrough for Friday’s preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In strange news, Marvin Lewis missed practice, which probably means there was an emergency elsewhere that required his attention. It’s very odd for a head coach to miss a training camp practice. It seems he may be injured. According to the Bengals, he has a “minor health” issue and could be back with the team as early as today or as late as later this week.
Saw Marvin ride the cart out to practice earlier, but no sign of him now. Cart is uncharacteristic for him. Was on it a lot yesterday.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) August 8, 2017
Good news: After missing Monday’s practice, defensive end Jordan Willis and offensive lineman J.J. Dielman were back in action for Tuesday.
Two of the rookies who missed yesterday are back -- J.J. Dielman and Jordan Willis. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) August 8, 2017
Bad news: Andre Smith wasn’t practicing on Tuesday after stopping early on Monday, too. This isn’t his first training camp injury/issue and it’s certainly not a good sign for how he’s going to hold up during the course of the season.
No Andre Smith today. In street clothes. Full pads practice today. #Bengals— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 8, 2017
Smith was seen working on the rehab field with the conditioning staff.
A. Smith headed to the side field again to work with the #Bengals strength staff.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) August 8, 2017
With Smith on the rehab field, Trey Hopkins continued to get first team reps at right guard.
Smith’s issue is related to his elbow. If he’s going to successfully play right guard this year, he needs all the playing time he can get, especially in the preseason.
Andre Smith resting elbow again— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 8, 2017
Jake Kumerow has been out of commission since the first day of camp with an ankle injury. He’s been in a walking boot ever since.
A look at A.J. Green... slowed down.
After having Anthony Munoz, Solomon Wilcots and Takeo Spikes at Monday’s practice, Tuesday featured Willie Anderson as well as Munoz’s return.
The great Willie Anderson talking to Ogbuehi and Fisher and showing a few moves— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 8, 2017
Lessons from an all-time great as Willie Anderson works with Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher pic.twitter.com/rp3LlTkYKy— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) August 8, 2017
Some insight regarding a wide receiver drill:
Giovani Bernard getting in work:
Josh Malone has been receiving some heavy praise in recent practices. Here he is making a catch during a drill.
He did have a drop on Tuesday, too.
Some John Ross action.... He is fast!
And of course your daily look at John Ross pic.twitter.com/RXVx7iS6F7— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) August 8, 2017
It sounds like the team is looking to get Ryan Hewitt more involved in the passing game, especially considering C.J. Uzomah’s ankle sprain.
After a great day yesterday, Alonzo Russell didn’t have the best day on Tuesday. That’s going to happen with any player.
More Ross? Yes, please!
Mixon made a rookie mistake, which should be expected.
Christian Westerman was working with the second team offensive line during that Mixon fumble, which was with AJ McCarron at quarterback. Defensive end Chris Smith recovered the ball, and he’s been an increasingly mentioned player in the last week.
First series of team: Westerman had a snap with first team at LG, mostly LG w/ 2s. Fumbled HO b/t McCarron + Mixon recovered by Chris Smith— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) August 8, 2017
Bad offensive line Tweet... this one concerning Jake Fisher.
Fisher got beat pretty badly on one play by Ryan Brown. Mixon had the best play of the RBs but Tra Carson has looked pretty good this camp.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) August 8, 2017
But, here’s a positive offensive line tweet, regarding Cedric Ogbuehi.
Andy Dalton to Tyler Eifert!
Vincent Rey is a great guy to show Carl Lawson the ropes as he adjusts to becoming an NFL linebacker.
Vinny Rey is going to be crucial in Carl Lawson's development. CL is physically gifted but head is swimming with pre-snap adjustments.— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) August 8, 2017
Just a #Bengals reminder: Carl Lawson still destroying everything in front of him rushing off the edge. Just as he has all camp.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 8, 2017
A note on undrafted rookie lineman Kent Perkins:
Another Eifert touchdown, this time with rookie linebacker Jordan Evans in coverage.
Another Dalton to Eifert TD produces another celebration. Dalton gets rest of O to line up in formation, and Eifert runs the high 5 gauntlet— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) August 8, 2017
More Lawson hype:
With Uzomah out of the lineup, this is an interesting note regarding one of the only backup tight ends on the roster. Though, Mason Schreck, the team’s seventh round rookie is ahead of Carter on the depth chart.
Positive kicker progress as both Jake Elliott and Randy Bullock were four-for-four on Tuesday.
#Bengals kicking competition update: Randy Bullock and Jake Elliott both go 4 for 4. Hit from 38, 48, 43, 45.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 8, 2017
More on Lawson being dominant:
I have Lawson in on some sort of pressure or 'sack' for five straight plays— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) August 8, 2017
Both, I think. But let's see how Lawson does Friday against someone new. https://t.co/4CYwBfDTuY— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) August 8, 2017
Vontaze Burfict IS learning...
Burfict had an absolute kill shot lined up on Alex Erickson. Was weird to see it develop and not happen. Gathered crowd gasped. #Bengals— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) August 8, 2017
Not the best day for Fisher.
William Jackson continues to make his case for playing time...
Nice play by KeiVarae Russell, the one play/one interception wonder from 2016.
The Joe Mixon play of the day...
Joe Mixon just had his requisite WOW moment of the day. #Bengals— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) August 8, 2017
Mixon made one cut back against the grain and was gone for a TD. Came back high fiving the fans on the rope line yelling "TOO EASY" #Bengals— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) August 8, 2017
Mediocre offensive line Tweet...
Lawson had some snaps at first team DE. I thought Ogbuehi handled him OK.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) August 8, 2017
Anthony Munoz, PLEASE, give this group the magical tools they need to succeed.
Former Bengals great and Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz is addressing the offensive line today after practice. pic.twitter.com/QGdPJRYZGL— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) August 8, 2017
With Lewis out of commission, Darrin Simmons led the Bengals during Tuesday’s practice.
It seems fitting to end with this!