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5 takeaways from the scrimmage at Bengals “Family Dey”

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The Bengals had a white jerseys vs. black jerseys game against themselves inside Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday, but don’t call it a scrimmage.

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After eight practices on the fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium, the Bengals took things inside to their home field and held a scrimmage mock game in front of fans for their annual Family Day practice with temperatures nearing 100 degrees.

Here’s some takeaways from the action.

1. Injury watch

After returning to the practice field in full pads on Friday, tight end Tyler Eifert was held out of the mock game.

Along with Eifert, nine other Bengals were kept out of the action.

Here’s a full injury update.

2. Preview of the offensive starters

In the week of padded practice prior to Saturday, the Bengals have rotated players at first-team right guard and right tackle. We may’ve been given a clear indication of who’s winning those battles with Trey Hopkins and Bobby Hart getting the start in the scrimmage game that wasn’t a real game.

Hopkins and Hart also got work with Jake Fisher and Alex Redmond, who came in for Cordy Glenn and Clint Boling at left tackle and left guard after the first couple of series for the first-team offense.

Like it has been for the last two practices, John Ross is the wide receiver across from A.J. Green with Brandon LaFell officially out of the picture.

Tyler Boyd will stay in the slot in three-receiver sets, which is the personnel grouping that the Bengals (and every team in the league) use more than anything.

3. Dalton-Green connection picking up steam

The first score of the game was a 20-yard field goal from Jonathan Brown, but the play that set it up involved the veteran quarterback-receiver duo for a big originally-ruled touchdown on the field...

...but it was called back after Green was called down by touch (no tackling with no pads for obvious reasons).

Green had his best day of camp on Friday, and wasted little time today to make his presence known.

The seven-time Pro Bowler wasn’t the only receiver to connect on a deep pass, as Kermit Whitfield beat near triple coverage on a dart from Jeff Driskel.

4. Can we get a good snap?

It’s less than a week until the Bengals’ first preseason game, and we’re still seeing the Bengals’ centers experience trouble snapping the ball.

The issues have mainly surrounded rookie starter Billy Price, and both Dalton and Matt Barkley dealt with the issue today.

Eventually, Mavin Lewis had to intervene and pull Price to the side.

About a half hour later... you guessed it.

At this point, we have to wonder if Price even practiced snapping with a quarterback under center between OTAs and now, and if he didn’t, if his injury was the reason why.

Later on, Hopkins came back onto the field at center, something he’s occasionally done in camp.

This is becoming an issue that must be addressed by Price and his coaches.

5. John Ross might have a case of the drops

Earlier in the week, the second-year receiver failed to haul in a few passes after lighting up the field before the pads came on. Today, he continued struggling while attempting to catch accurate throws.

Ross wasn’t the only one guilty of a costly drop, as Cody Core almost came down with a leaping touchdown and ended up tipping the ball to Brandon Wilson for an interception.

The day ended with a Darqueze Dennard interception. It wasn’t a very clean day for the Bengals and they’ll surely hear about it in the film room.

The Bengals have Sunday off before returning to the practice field on Monday at 3 p.m. ET.