Bengals training camp is underway and though the pads have yet to come on, we’re starting to see some interesting action.
One of the biggest things for the Bengals to do this summer is find a No. 2 quarterback to backup Andy Dalton. For some reason, the team refuses to give Dalton any real competition and as a result, the backup quarterback battle is troublesome. On Day 1, the Bengals gave rookie Logan Woodside zero snaps. Were they punishing him for his DUI? Were there not enough snaps to go around? Did they want him to just watch on the first day? That’s unclear but what is clear is that he won’t be the No. 2 quarterback this season.
That leaves Jeff Driskel and Matt Barkley. Driskel has spent two years with the team and now enters his third, allegedly as the No. 3 guy in the eyes of the coaches. That seems odd to me. Why have they kept him around this long if they still don’t have enough faith in him to be the No. 2 guy? The No. 2 guy is Barkley who has not looked good so far. He had an issue in OTAs and minicamp with throwing footballs at his receivers’ feet and ESPN’s Katherine Terrell says that happened at least once on Friday and that Barkley had issues throughout the first two days of camp. It seems the Bengals would have a massive issue if Dalton went down, based on the quarterbacks currently on the roster.
Bengals just did 1x1 drills. John Ross looked good beating Dre Kirkpatrick deep. Matt Barkley ... did not look good.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) July 27, 2018
Dre Kirkpatrick makes a nice interception off Matt Barkley, who was looking for Brandon LaFell.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) July 27, 2018
Terrell adds that Driskel had less bad throws than Barkley:
He had some bad throws as well. Less than Barkley.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) July 28, 2018
I’m just going to say, maybe the Bengals need to trade for Teddy Bridgewater...
- Rookie offensive lineman Rod Taylor is done for the year with a knee injury.
- Backup cornerback Tony McRae was carted off the field with an ankle injury. The hope is it’s not serious as he did walk gingerly to the cart on his own.
- All the PUP list players continue to be on their respective versions of the PUP list. That includes tight end Tyler Eifert, wide receiver Devonte Boyd, rookie cornerback Davontae Harris, linebacker Vontaze Burfict, fullback Ryan Hewitt, guard Christian Westerman and safety Tyrice Beverette.
- Westerman recently suffered through food poisoning that caused him to lose more than 10 pounds. He was on the rehab field on Friday after not being present on Thursday. It sounds like he’ll be back in action soon to compete for the starting right guard spot. Burfict and Eifert should also be back in action shortly, too, though there’s no need to rush them.