Monday was the last day of practice before the Bengal’s day off.
The wide receivers seemed to take a collective step forward on Monday. Carlos Dunlap had a great day on Sunday, and got the day off along with some other veterans.
While the media was only able to take a few photos and videos of practice, there is enough on Twitter to keep Bengals fans up to date.
Joe Mixon, Carl Lawson, and Carlos Dunlap had the day off on Monday.
Joe Mixon, Carl Lawson and Carlos Dunlap working into side field today. Potentially just an extra off day for those guys with a scheduled team day off tomorrow.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 24, 2020
Also, A.J. Green continues to hang out in t-shirt and shorts and not participate. Been one week since hammy injury.
Looks like a veteran break day for Joe Mixon, Carlos Dunlap, and Carl Lawson who are doing a strenuous workout on the “rehab” field pic.twitter.com/58v1npOjbR— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) August 24, 2020
We later found out that Dunlap was dealing with a “minor injury.”
Zac Taylor says Carlos Dunlap sat put #Bengals practice today as a precaution with minor injury— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) August 24, 2020
A.J. Green’s progress
Last year, A.J. Green was injured on the first day of training camp. For the rest of camp, and during the season, it seemed like Green was always getting close to returning until he was placed on injured reserve.
It’s understandable if Bengals fans were getting more nervous every day that Green wears a t-shirt during practice.
But on Monday, he actually participated in some drills on the rehab field, which is more progress than he ever made last season.
The only important thing I’ve noticed from #Bengals camp today is AJ GREEN doing sprints at about 75% and it looked good— Mark Slaughter (@MarkVSlaughter) August 24, 2020
As if on cue, just when I was going to tweet something anxious about him returning to practice - Green starting to get some work in today. https://t.co/oXh45HoPPV— Jake (@Jake_NFL) August 24, 2020
John Ross is back with the first team
Even though John Ross returned on Sunday, he’s getting more work with the first team. He clearly worked hard while he was away, and it’s paying off during practice.
#Bengals WR John Ross is back taking reps with the first unit.— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) August 24, 2020
John Ross doing well in WR/DB drills. Beat Darius Phillips and then Winston Rose. In the latter, he did well to catch a deep ball from Joe Burrow that hung in the air a bit too long.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 24, 2020
#Bengals did WR vs. CB 1-on-1. Joe Burrow connected with John Ross on a couple of deep passes (one was underthrown).— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) August 24, 2020
Burrow's best throws were deep outs, including a diving catch by Tee Higgins.
Speaking of Tee Higgins...
Joe Burrow should have plenty of amazing receivers to throw to. Tee Higgins had a great practice on Monday.
It seems like the receivers are taking turns impressing everyone, and Monday was Higgins’ day.
Tee Higgins goes down the right sideline, jumps and tips a ball to himself to reel in the catch. Great example of the body control he showed at Clemson.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 24, 2020
I’ve been impressed with Tee Higgins today. Has made nice adjustments when needing to and has reeled in two outstanding catches so far. One he had to tip to himself, the other he laid out to go get.— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) August 24, 2020
Tee Higgins with his first “wow” moment with #Bengals. Had a leaping, one-handed, tipped-to-himself catch deep down the sideline just now. Probably best catch by anyone all camp.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 24, 2020
(Also had a diving catch down the sideline in 1-on-1 earlier)
Sounds like Ross and Higgins have been having a solid day at camp. #Bengals Wide receiver depth showing it’s true colors today.— Bengals Brawl ™️ (@BengalsBrawl) August 24, 2020
Towards the end of practice, Higgins hamstring gave him some trouble.
Tee Higgins’ left hamstring got tight during practice. He stretched it on his own and had a trainer stretch his left leg. He’s still participating in 11-on-11 pic.twitter.com/g3K560tnB0— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) August 24, 2020
Feels like Higgins has been dealing with hamstring issues since Clemson's playoff run ended. Knocking on wood. https://t.co/kya3cy5ZaY— Jake (@Jake_NFL) August 24, 2020
Fred Johnson worked in with the 1s at RG for a couple of snaps... Sounds like Evans injured a hamstring...— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 24, 2020
Auden Tate still looks good
All Auden Tate does is make ridiculous catches, and the Bengals only used a seventh-round pick on him.
Auden Tate is the early frontrunner for offensive MVP at Bengals camp.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 24, 2020
Auden Tate ended 11-on-11 with a circus TD catch. Joe Burrow just threw it up to him. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) August 24, 2020
Tate makes another spectacular catch in the corner. His ability to go up and make plays is a nice asset for Burrow. #Bengals— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) August 24, 2020
Darius Phillips looks like starter material
Without Trae Waynes, Darius Phillips is the next man up. He’s known as a playmaker, and he is showing that in full during training camp.
Phillips just makes plays. Put him in with the 1s, tips a pass for Bates pick— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 24, 2020
Hobs had Phillips on the deflection on the Bates pick. Phillips almost picked off Burrow in the 2-minute drill. https://t.co/6NajXPNOJb— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 24, 2020
Jordan Evans carted off
Linebacker Jordan Evans suffered a leg injury during a 1-on-1 drill and had to be carted off.
This is a tough break for Evans, since he was on the fringe of the roster. He’s the only linebacker left on the team that was brought in by Marvin Lewis, so he needed a great training camp to keep his roster spot.
LB Jordan Evans was just carted off. Appeared to get tangled up with Trayveon Williams in a blitz pickup drill— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) August 24, 2020
Your daily Joe Burrow update
Joe Burrow was 4-of-6 in the first set of team drills, including one potential sack/throwaway. Most of that was underneath stuff. Missed on a deep ball to Tyler Boyd— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 24, 2020
Joe Burrow in the 2-minute drill:
Joe Burrow and first team offense just started at own 20 yard line with 1:30 on the clock vs first team “D”. He calmly completes 5 of 6 passes ending with a TD to Auden Tate on a great throw between two defenders— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) August 24, 2020
Nice finish in 2-minute for Burrow vs. mostly the 1s. Hits Tate (who else?) for 4rth-and-6 TD from 28 yards.— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 24, 2020
His best throw was to DeMarkus Lodge, who the Bengals signed to the practice squad last season.
Joe Burrow sends a perfect deep ball to DaMarkus Lodge, who makes the catch on the run. #Bengals— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) August 24, 2020
The highlight of Joe Burrow’s day was a long TD pass to WR DaMarkus Lodge. Burrow tossed a perfect ball 40 yards down the field. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) August 24, 2020
Also, Joe Burrow will always look good in Bengals’ colors.