After an off day on Tuesday, the Bengals were back at it on Wednesday for another day of training camp.
What has been a bright camp so far was dampened by a rash of injuries on Wednesday. Two players left practice, both of them first- or second-year players. The good news is that the Bengals appear to be repairing some holes, whether it be schematic problems or simply positions that needed upgrading.
Here’s what you need to know from Day 6 of Bengals training camp:
Some players were still recovering from injuries sustained earlier this week.
Josh Malone is still nursing is leg injury (thought to be to his hamstring), which has at least temporarily cut short an amazing camp for him so far. Tony McRae and Sojourn Shelton both sustained injuries earlier this week as well.
Logan Woodside has missed several practices this week; it’s unclear if he’s injured or just being held out. Clayton Fejedelem also was held out on Wednesday.
The wide receiver group took another hit today, this time losing rookie Auden Tate. Hopefully what took him off-the-field is not serious.
Auden Tate has been carted off the field. He hit his head hard on the ground in one-on-ones. #Bengals— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) August 1, 2018
From this description, this sounds like a possible concussion. It’s a shame, since he has been a very pleasant surprise for the Bengals during camp this year. Hopefully, he’ll return soon and this won’t hold him back from making the 53-man roster.
All 3 of the #Bengals 7th round rookies are now injured. That's some weird bad luck. Logan Woodside hasn't practiced in days (unknown reason why), Rod Taylor tore his ACL on Day 1. And now Tate, too.— Cincy Jungle (@CincyJungle) August 1, 2018
The defensive line suffered some setbacks as well. Second-year defensive lineman Josh Tupou had to be carted off the field.
DT Josh Tupou got rolled up on his right ankle and was just carted off. #Bengals— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 1, 2018
And rookie defensive end Andrew Brown had his leg wrapped up.
Rookie DE Andrew Brown has his right upper leg heavily wrapped. #Bengals— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) August 1, 2018
Tyler Eifert is making plays
In better news, it was great to see Tyler Eifert come back from the PUP list this week. After his first practice on Monday, he still looks like the Eifert of old.
Let’s start today with a look at Tyler Eifert pic.twitter.com/Av9AevOdGa— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) August 1, 2018
Bengals great Reggie Williams paid a visit
The Bengals had a visit today from one of their alumni, Reggie Williams. The former linebacker played in Cincinnati for the entirety of his NFL career, which spanned from 1976 to 1989. Williams is one of the few players to have played on both of the Bengals’ Super Bowl teams.
Williams, who also happens to be a former Cincinnati City Council member, brought a piece of Cincinnati history with him.
The great Reggie Williams brought a 30-year old proclamation from the City of Cincinnati to training camp. Check out the 7th "whereas" written before the 1988 Super Bowl season pic.twitter.com/Vp5xiLFMjU— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) August 1, 2018
Offensive line keeps shuffling
The offensive line carousel continued as the Bengals are trying to work out their new configuration. Jake Fisher and Alex Redmond, who started together with the first team on Saturday, are back with the first line again. In other days of camp, Cedric Ogbuehi and Bobby Hart have gotten a shot with the first team at right tackle and Trey Hopkins and Christian Westerman have taken turns at right guard. Ogbuehi has also been practicing at guard and left tackle, though not with the first team.
fisher and redmond at first team right tackle and right guard today— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) August 1, 2018
Meanwhile, first rounder Billy Price seems to be finding his groove in his first professional training camp.
Billings vs Price for a nice rep. Billings got him off the snap and Price was able to recover and wall him off. Mixon cut off Price's back.— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 1, 2018
He even took on Geno Atkins to help A.J. Green with this touchdown.
price picks up atkins, green touchdown pic.twitter.com/RtEcocBgB9— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) August 1, 2018
Defensive line takes over the trenches
On the defensive side of the ball, Andrew Billings has been getting some reps with the first team along the defensive line.
andrew billings looks entrenched as NT1— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) August 1, 2018
Billings might be able to fill a missing piece in the defensive line that the Bengals have not had since Domata Peko.
Rookie Sam Hubbard is getting in on the action as well.
Hubbard might have beaten Glenn for a sack also— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 1, 2018
Hubbard got the edge on Perkins for a pressure— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 1, 2018
The defensive line is one of the deepest units on the team, so opposing offenses had better watch out.
Carl Lawson had a day
Carl Lawson continued to look ridiculously good, building off a solid rookie season. He had the best individual performances of the day, getting would-be sacks left and right.
carl lawson would be sack over cordy glenn pic.twitter.com/vOEif2BmrN— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) August 1, 2018
Lawson with two sacks in three snaps pic.twitter.com/ANQfVZawVq— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 1, 2018
Lawson with 3 sacks in 4 snaps— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 1, 2018
the very next two plays lawson beat ogbuehi back to back— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) August 1, 2018
trey hopkins also taking snaps at center behind price with t.j. johnson
Carl Lawson is having his way with the Bengals offensive line today. This is a good tweet about the Bengals defense.— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) August 1, 2018
Wide receivers keep shining
The wide receiver unit as a whole seems to be having a great camp so far.
The former ninth overall pick seems to be 100 percent healthy for the first time in his Bengals career. Watching him during the first five days has been a joy, and day six was no different.
Ross one-handed bobble and catch pic.twitter.com/VxFUpzvVnO— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 1, 2018
Deep out Ross beats Phillips. Leaned inside and had to break free of contact. Nice anticipation throw.— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 1, 2018
Tyler Boyd looks like he will have a breakout year in 2018 if his training camp performance is any indication. Boyd has been building off a strong Week 17 last year and has kept it going into the summer.
Beautifully thrown ball to Boyd for the TD in red zone. Split two defenders and put it on back shoulder over the middle/back of EZ. Nice catch by Boyd also— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 1, 2018
tyler boyd continues his great camp pic.twitter.com/ui4fdzstdc— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) August 1, 2018
Dalton and Boyd have a great connection— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 1, 2018
Alex Erickson is fighting for a roster spot, and he might be ready to win it again.
Dalton is picking apart the middle of the field during this redzone drill. Erickson hailing in another one.— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) August 1, 2018
Even Cody Core did well on Wednesday after a quiet first week of camp.
Finally Cody Core has a nice play— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 1, 2018
Most of these plays happened in red zone drills, which is heartening. The Bengals were abysmal in the red zone without Eifert last year. It looks like that part of the offense will be improved in 2018.
What was your big takeaway from Wednesday at training camp?