The Bengals got back out onto the practice field on Sunday. They saw the return of John Ross after he stepped away to help take care of his son who had tested positive for COVID-19. The beat writers and other media members also got close enough to get more detailed footage of some drills. Here is the best that Twitter had to offer for Sunday’s practice.
Ross is back in town
After his understandable absence from practice, Ross returned looking and sounding as confident about 2020 as ever. It is a make or break it season for Ross in Cincinnati, and it is great to see him back in the fold getting time with Joe Burrow throwing him the ball.
He also talked to the media about not having any regrets about leaving practice and his confidence level.
John Ross is back out here with the #Bengals. Has helmets and pads and looks to be ready to fully rejoin the team after heading home to help care for his family who was dealing with COVID.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 23, 2020
Johnny Ross back out there workin’. Good to see, ok a number of different fronts. https://t.co/5Ogsk3mRwW— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) August 23, 2020
John Ross has always been transparent, sometimes too transparent, but always respect his honesty. https://t.co/KAfNZBqxR4— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) August 23, 2020
I’ll stay a big fan of Ross. I even think he should be extended. Give burrow weapons and a deep threat to stretch out the defense. https://t.co/VfZgVdHRNp— Jay R (Bengals Perspective) (@JayRBP) August 23, 2020
I'm always so impressed with the perspective of John Ross who handled this situation with his family with incredible grace and understanding of priorities. Kudos to him, great to hear his son is doing better and all is well on his home front.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 23, 2020
Bengals WR John Ross on going home to see his son: "There was no chance of me staying. With all due respect, I'm a father."— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 23, 2020
Pro dedication right there. He's ready to take that next step. Excited to see him ball out this year! https://t.co/ZsKvrXIL3b— BengalsCaptain (@BengalsCaptain) August 23, 2020
John Ross said he threw with Joe Burrow three or four times. Joe's throwing coach, Jordan Palmer, worked with T.J. Houshmandzadeh's receivers.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 23, 2020
Tee Higgins and Auden Tate have strong Sunday
Tate has had one of the best camps of any Bengal so far this offseason. He has been one of Burrow’s most frequent targets, and seems to have an unbelievable catch just about everyday.
Higgins is coming back from a minor injury, and this is the first time he has returned to team practice. He also talked about the advice he is getting from A.J. Green and hopes to get together with another famous No. 85.
Tee Higgins is participating in team drills today. He had been limited in previous practuces with a hamstring injury. #Bengals— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) August 23, 2020
Let's go, Tee!! I can't wait to see him get in the flow of the season. Maybe the Bengals can create a jumbo WR package? AJ + Tee + Auden. https://t.co/i3Kq0ixWX8— BengalsCaptain (@BengalsCaptain) August 23, 2020
Looks like keeping Ross out of team. Higgins had a TD in red zone from Burrow on back line,but he got pushed out— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 23, 2020
Tee Higgins giving Auden Tate some praise. “He catches everything”— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) August 23, 2020
Tee Higgins on Auden Tate: "Man's a dog. I always knew it since he was at Florida State... He catches everything."— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 23, 2020
Tee Higgins on Joe Burrow's ball: The first time he threw a ball, it was a bullet. It shocked me.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 23, 2020
Tee Higgins said he's been learning route running, release techniques from A.J. Green, whom he modeled his game after.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 23, 2020
Jonah Williams shows why there is so much hype around him
Cincinnati was banking on having Williams to play left tackle last year. Unfortunately, he missed the entire season due to injury. Now that he is back, he has been showcasing why the coaches were so excited to draft him.
Jonah Williams wins reps against Carl Lawson, Sam Hubbard. Mike Jordan wins two reps vs. Mike Daniels, who isn't happy.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 23, 2020
Great rep.— Bo Kuyper (@BoKuyper66) August 23, 2020
Not a Bengals fan but if Bengals can keep Burrow safe and gice him proper time to adjust into the league, I see a bright future for the team.
Going to be interesting to see!
Jonah is as advertised so far. Man, it feels good to think LT is set for years to come. https://t.co/nrO3FdVjR1— BengalsCaptain (@BengalsCaptain) August 23, 2020
Seems they're only beating him inside from the clips we've seen. Test his power and length— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 23, 2020
Also @BigDuke50 ... remember when he couldn’t play LT in the NFL ☕️— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) August 23, 2020
Defense bites back
Led by Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins and D.J. Reader, the defense had a solid day of practice as it seems both sides of the ball are doing their best to keep up the other. We got to see up close footage of the defensive line working against the offensive line, and Dunlap made the plays of the day.
Employee 96 has been making noise in camp and has given Jonah problems with length, technique, and inside counters. Don't love the man matchup with a TE tho tbh. https://t.co/wpmeEZiFSr— Jake (@Jake_NFL) August 23, 2020
Carlos Dunlap is having a day. He ran right by Jonah Williams and “sacked” Joe Burrow. He also stopped Joe Mixon in the backfield a couple plays prior. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) August 23, 2020
Carlos Dunlap just tipped a pass thrown by Joe Burrow and it was intercepted by CB Winston Ross #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) August 23, 2020
Joe Burrow throws second int of #Bengals practice as pass tipped by Carlos Dunlap and grabbed by Winston Rose ... LeShaun Sims has other int earlier in red zone drill— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) August 23, 2020
Trey working hard on that one https://t.co/SHTpJ9HDgA— BengalsCaptain (@BengalsCaptain) August 23, 2020
Mackensie Alexander draped all over John Ross on a 1v1 drill. Forced an incompletion— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 23, 2020
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