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Bengals training camp Day 8 recap

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Practice was cut short by rain, but there still some important developments to take away.

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There were some interesting surprises during training camp on Tuesday, many of them pleasant. With the Bengals back in pads, practice started off with some intensity.

Unfortunately, the Bengals retreated inside Paul Brown Stadium after the weather conditions deteriorated. The rain was initially thought to only be a 20-minute setback, and the team prepared to come back out shortly.

The players stayed busy during the break, and according to Tyler Boyd’s, John Ross’ and Joe Mixon’s Instagram stories, Josh Malone found a way to stay loose by turning the locker room into a dance floor.

Even though the Bengals wanted to continue practice, fans were asked to leave before they came back out.

It turned out that the weather would indeed end practice for good and finish some team sessions indoors.

Injuries

RB Giovani Bernard continued to rest as some hamstring discomfort was recently put trade rumors to rest. WR John Ross is still day-to-day, so he continued to rehab as CB KeiVarae Russell appeared to have the day off. CB Darqueze Dennard and WR Hunter Sharp are recent additions to the rehab crew, while

A rare piece of good news came in after reports came in that rookie RB Rodney Anderson might be activated from the PUP list before the season starts. He spent Tuesday’s practice on the rehab field.

Joe Mixon was also sidelined almost out of nowhere.

It turned out that the veteran backs were just given the day off.

Offensive line

All eyes have been on the offensive line during training camp to try and see who will start at left guard. John Jerry is listed as the first player on the depth chart with Christian Westerman and Trey Hopkins also rotating in the first spot.

There was a surprise there today as rookie Michael Jordan got the nod.

On the second line, Westerman was on the right and Jerry was on the left.

While it would be nice to see someone get some separation from the pack, it is great to see Zac Taylor is letting a lot of guys compete for the left guard spot. Marvin Lewis had a bad knack of handing jobs to veterans, and if anyone challenged them, it was usually just one guy getting limited reps.

Taylor, on the other hand, is letting four players compete for the same job. That kind of competition will bring the best out of everyone and help ensure the best man wins the job.