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Bengals News (8/23): Depth showing

The Bengals backup wide receivers had a real opportunity to show up this past week, and they didn’t disappoint.

NFL: AUG 21 Bengals Training Camp Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Bengals Booth Podcast: I Get Knocked Down
It's the "I Get Knocked Down" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham discuss a dazzling performance by quarterback Joe Burrow in the first scrimmage of training camp. Plus, Hoard talks to NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly and Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah.

First Week Takeaways: Burrow's Full Authority Lines Up; Receiver Roulette; Jonah Is No Footnote
The Bengals' pre-pandemic pre-season opener had been slated for the home of the Super Bowl champion Chiefs. Instead, it turned into Friday's intrasquad scrimmage that capped the first week of this truncated training camp.

Joe Burrow’s rolling: Coaches give him ‘full authority’ at line
And now that camp is fully underway, coaches have given Burrow the all-clear on checks at the line of scrimmage, calling it “full authority,” a development detailed by Geoff Hobson of

Cincinnati Bengals training camp biggest winners so far
Without preseason games, camp is the only way to get a good idea of the winners and losers before final cuts and the beginning of the regular season.

Joe Burrow is fun, but Jonah Williams has impressed Bengals coaches
“Both of those guys are really athletic and they can run and move in space,” offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said, according to Geoff Hobson of “They get those plays on the corner and the DBs don’t really want any part of that. I know Jonah had a nice finish on one and Mike had a nice finish on one or two.”

Back end of Bengals' wide receiver room stepping up in training camp
"You can't just say he's a red-zone player. He's a three-down guy for you," Zac Taylor said. ”It's not about exploring with Auden Tate. He has proven, on the film last year and the way he goes about his business that he can a lot for you as an offense."

Around the league

Teams canceling practices due to testing irregularities
Multiple NFL teams are changing or canceling football activities on Sunday following irregularities in results from Saturday's COVID-19 test results from the same lab in New Jersey, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

Ravens S Earl Thomas sent home after fight with teammate
Thomas was told to stay home Saturday, Pelissero reported. At that point, Pelissero reported fines, a release or a trade are all seemingly on the table. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo later reported Thomas was not expected at Sunday's practice.

Monstrous Mack on ’20 season: ‘This is gonna be fun’
No. 9 is Foles, No. 10 is Trubisky and eight is the number of wins the Bears cobbled together in a 2019 season that collapsed short of expectations put forth by an NFC North-championship 2018 campaign.

Parcells’ advice to new coach Joe Judge: ‘Be yourself’
Judge has drawn attention and some critics for his approach, one that's seen him punish players by making them run, some tirades and the practice of having no names on jerseys, just numbers. It's an effort to show that mistakes come with consequences and that no individual is bigger than the team.