Billy Price looks like the upgrade at center the Bengals need, but one major flaw has haunted him during training camp. He can’t seem to go more than one day without a bad snap.
This problem culminated during Family Dey on Saturday when Price muffed three snaps. This is a pattern that has escalated since the start of camp and is something that could cost the Bengals dearly if it were to continue.
But the Bengals had the day off on Sunday, so Price must have used the spare time to clear his head; he has been perfect since then.
Second straight practice for Billy Price with no bad snaps, and it was a sloppy, wet day today.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) August 7, 2018
"I think we've moved past that," Price said.#Bengals
Whatever mental hurdle was in they way, Price has overcome the obstacle. He has now gone two practices without a bad snap, despite the unkind conditions of Day 2.
Not only has Price conquered his demons, but he thinks this ordeal is better for him in the long run.
More from Price: The last 2 days since mock game "were an opportunity to showcase to everybody and handle what I can do and move forward and grow from it. We're going to be OK. Rain, shine, snow, hail, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, whatever you like, we'll be OK." #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) August 7, 2018
It’s good to see this maturity from a rookie before even playing in his first NFL game. Not only has Price overcome a major setback and learned from it, but it has all happened before the season starts and mistakes count for real. Price should be able to take this confidence into the season and help turn things around for the Bengals.
We’ll find out on Thursday night if he really has gotten the monkey off his back. He will face live reps in the NFL for the first time at 7 p.m. in Paul Brown Stadium for the Bengals’ preseason opener against the Bears.
Hopefully, it really has worked out and we will never have to hear about this again.