The game was ugly in many respects, so Zac Taylor knows the Bengals have a lot of work to do in the short week before Thursday’s game against Washington.
There were a few injuries to the Bengals on Saturday night’s tussle in Kansas City. Some players were still held out of practice.
Clayton Fejedelem, backup safety and special teams ace, suffered an ankle injury and left the game. He started practice in a walking boot, but eventually took it off in favor of shoes.
Fejedelem has taken the boot off and is now wearing normal shoes. Nikes, to be precise.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 12, 2019
There was some good news on the injury front. Veteran running back Giovani Bernard finally hit the practice fields after dealing with some hamstring issues. Rookie running back Trayveon Williams also returned after suffering a rib injury that took him out of Saturday’s game.
Giovanni Bernard is suited up for today’s practice as well. Had been dealing with a hamstring injury.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 12, 2019
Mixon, Gio and Trayveon Williams (rib) all doing position drills.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) August 12, 2019
All told, the Bengals did pretty well in coming out of their first preseason game with no significant injuries. Let’s hope they keep it going for the next three games, as they need all hands on deck to win at Seattle in Week 1.
Another training camp, another day at observing the offensive line through a microscope.
Michael Jordan started at LG with the first team for the second time this year, even though he’s the third LG on the depth chart and he began the preseason on the second line.
Michael Jordan running at LG with 1s— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 12, 2019
In a surprise move, Billy Price played with the twos. Trey Hopkins took his spot with the first team.
Billy Price is running with the 2’s so I wouldn’t read a lot into OL alignments today.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 12, 2019
Hopkins with 1s today. Price with 2s. Zac said that was the plan for today. Not necessarily long term.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) August 12, 2019
Price didn’t play great against the Chiefs, but he wasn’t particularly bad either, so it’s hard to see him losing his job at this stage. Of course, Hopkins continuing to play well there could make things interesting if Price struggles moving forward.
After Ryan Finley’s monster game on Saturday, he got a chance to move up the roster and play with the twos.
Ryan Finley is the second QB in 11-on-11 drills.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 12, 2019
Things are probably easier for young quarterbacks when they get to throw to targets like Tyler Eifert.
Tyler Eifert with a TD catch from Ryan Finley in 7-on-7, following a Dalton TD pass to Auden Tate. #Bengals— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) August 12, 2019
Zac also said Finley will get reps with 2s at Washington.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) August 12, 2019
Seeing Finley already earn a bigger role with the offense is great news after he had a rough showing in offseason workouts. It now looks like he has a real shot at winning the backup job, which would make Jeff Driskel expendable as he enters the final year of his contract.
Tate keeps making plays
For the second straight year, Auden Tate has been the talk of training camp and the preseason. After making a highlight-reel grab that led to an opening-drive score vs. the Chiefs, Tate continued to make plays in today’s practice.
Tate looks well on his way to securing his spot on the 53-man roster, though he can’t let up with Damion Willis and Stanley Morgan also making a big push for those final receiver spots.
The Bengals’ last open practice of the season is tomorrow, Tuesday August 13th. Gates open a 2:30 and practice starts at 3:00.