The Bengals used Sunday to have what they called their third preseason game intensity scrimmage. It is obviously hard to replicate that opportunity without officials or an opposing team.
Strange sounds and opening looks at the scrimmage
No surprise that Joe Burrow was the first player on the field to start the evening. It also was the Bengals and fans first chance to get to hear what could be common place in 2020 artificial crowd noise.
They're practicing off-platform throws https://t.co/p5B7YDADWQ— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 30, 2020
Look at the pre-game stretching in an empty stadium. Sounds like pulling up next to car with two 12-inch subwoofers in the back. pic.twitter.com/r1O8gqwbrD— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 30, 2020
Who missed the scrimmage
Unfortunately several big named Bengals didn’t participate in Sunday’s scrimmage. It isn’t the end of the world, and having these players healthy for Week 1 is the highest priority. However, the chances for practice reps are diminishing with only one scrimmage left before the first game that seems to be more of a fourth preseason type game than a chance for these guys.
Joe Mixon, A.J. Green are here for the scrimmage but not dressed out. Carl Lawson, Jordan Evans also not dressed.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 30, 2020
Trae Waynes is here. Has his arm in a sling. First time we have seen him in Cincinnati.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 30, 2020
Of all the guys not playing tonight, Shawn Williams, Jordan Evans, Darius Phillips are currently doing rehab work on side.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) August 30, 2020
Mixon is with them but not doing much. #Bengals
John Ross has a thicker wrap on that left elbow/arm then he did in practice last week. He doesn’t have a helmet & wasn’t out there on the first drive. Looks like he wont participate tonight. He went through pregame warmups. More reps for Higgins & Thomas with Green & Ross out pic.twitter.com/gH4SaJpqKT— James Rapien (@JamesRapien) August 30, 2020
Burrows slow start kindles some fire
Burrow started off the scrimmage with some struggles and some drops. It was also interesting to see who was getting the targets on offense as the rookie heated up to beat the first and second team defenses for touchdowns.
Uzomah with a 4th target. Gain of 33.— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 30, 2020
They come back with play action and another first down, with Burrow hitting Mike Thomas, who is also apparently getting run with the ones.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) August 30, 2020
Down to the 23, Burrow takes a quick shot to Lodge, as all the receivers are in with Burrow. No one projected to start in Wk1 except Uzo has a catch.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) August 30, 2020
Believe they called the TD a sack.— Keenan Singleton (@KJMSingleton) August 30, 2020
Burrow on his first drive: 6 of 9 passing for 54 yards. Got inside the 10 but a sack derailed the drive.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 30, 2020
They’re actually hitting more than I thought they would #Bengals— Mark Slaughter (@MarkVSlaughter) August 30, 2020
Just one drive but on in-breaking routes, Burrow was solid. Out breaking ones, a bit off (Although Stanley Morgan made a nice catch to bring it in before going out of bounds)— Keenan Singleton (@KJMSingleton) August 30, 2020
The second drive — this time against the second team defense — proved to be an even easier task for Team Burrow as two big plays highlighted the drive.
Burrow third drive of #Bengals scrimmage hits Boyd for 28 yard Td— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) August 30, 2020
Burrow goes 3 of 4 for 71 yard on second drive, hits Boyd for 28-yard TD. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) August 30, 2020
Burrow finds Boyd wide open on a flag route. Blown coverage just able to bring it in in-bounds for a score. @WCPO— Keenan Singleton (@KJMSingleton) August 30, 2020
Burrow-Boyd TD connection first of many this season?— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) August 30, 2020
Boyd with a deep catch TOUCHDOWN. Pump short and shot throw by Burrow.— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 30, 2020
After throwing three straight incomplete passes a couple that were ugly Joe Burrow now 9 of 13 for 110 yards and a TD unofficially in #Bengals scrimmage— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) August 30, 2020
After 0-3 start, Burrow is 9 of 10 with a TD.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) August 30, 2020
Finley is 2 of 8 for 15 yards. Two of his passes were dropped INTs by Tony Brown. #Bengals
Highlights from Team Ryan Finley’s time on the field
Before the team got into the scored part of the scrimmage, Ryan Finley and the second team offense really struggled. Some inaccuracies and bad decisions plagued the second-year player. It was good to see the defense perform so well, though and a backup running back shinning.
Team Finley also stalls out in the red zone. Ryan Finley 3-of-4 on that drive for 17 yards. Trayveon Williams had a nice 11-yard run.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 30, 2020
Lap confirming what I always assumed - that Jim Turner loved Trayveon Williams at TAMU because of his blitz pickup— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) August 30, 2020
Happy hearing Trayveon making some plays.— BengalsCaptain (@BengalsCaptain) August 30, 2020
Reader just slapped down a pass attempt by Finley— Mark Slaughter (@MarkVSlaughter) August 30, 2020
Lap is a big fan of Khalid Kareem— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) August 30, 2020
Brown dropped two easy interceptions— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) August 30, 2020
Sam Hubbard has been very disruptive. Had a sack, hurry against rookie Hakeem Adeniji on that Team Finley drive— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 30, 2020
Highlights of scored phase of scrimmage
The Bengals had an interesting scoring system for their redzone plus section of the scrimmage. It seemed like that had offenses starting on the 40 or 30-yard line right outside of the end zone. It ended up being far more competitive than the previous drives.
Scrimmage scoring according to Dave and Lap.— President of John Ross fanclub (@PatrickJudis) August 30, 2020
Offense gets 7 points per touchdown
Offense gets 3 for a made field goal/Defense gets 4 points
Defense gets 7 points for missed field goal or stalled drive.
Mentioned firat to getting to 18 as a win/point? for that team.
3rd and 10 completion to Mike Thomas. Throw from Burrow.— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 30, 2020
I'm hearing that the tight ends have been open a lot tonight.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) August 30, 2020
Team Burrow stalls out after Burrow throws one up on the 3, his target got tangled up and Jessie Bates gets the INT.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 30, 2020
Mike Thomas and Bell collide in the end zone (hard to tell of it was intentional or not) but the ball ends up picked off by Jessie Bates.— President of John Ross fanclub (@PatrickJudis) August 30, 2020
Bengals retractively give Thomas the PI call on the previous drive.— President of John Ross fanclub (@PatrickJudis) August 30, 2020
Team Finely’s drive didn’t last long. The backup quarterback had one big play followed up by a tip drill that fell into a defender’s arms.
Brady Sheldon, who is a personal favorite of mine at the back of the roster, gets an interception off a Finley tipped pass.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) August 30, 2020
They also called the Jessie Bates interception of Burrow a penalty retroactively or something
Burrow still wasn’t quite able to recapture that rhythm the offense had prior to the scored section of the Scrimmage. He was still able to make a few plays and get an easy field goal for his team.
Burrow sails a pass to Sample in the end zone—McTyer wrestles it away, but Sample had two mitts on it. Sample does follow it with a catch for a first down. Drive leads to a Bullock FG (2-of-2, 21, 32 yards).— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) August 30, 2020
Burrow has two TD passes and an INT that didn’t end up counting.
TEs have 9 or 10 targets. Burrow is probably around 25 throws. Not a whole lot of running happening.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) August 30, 2020
My summary so far is - Defense winning the day, Finley still not an NFL QB, Burrow had a few nice drives and one 3-and-out to start. Radio has described a few drops being a potential issue. Lots of targets for TEs. Very little running offense.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) August 30, 2020
Dave and Lap highlighting Pratt. Feels like a lot of people got caught up with the rookies and forgot that Pratt ended 2019 pretty well. Building off that so far.— President of John Ross fanclub (@PatrickJudis) August 30, 2020
Finley was able to put up a score on the next drive which left team Burrow in a situation where they either had to score a touchdown or lose the scrimmage.
Heyo, Finley did a good!— Jake (@Jake_NFL) August 30, 2020
Scotty Washington with a nice 23-yard TD snag over the middle from Ryan Finley.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 30, 2020
Burrow’s chance at a game winning drive
Burrow had an unexpected chance to show what he had in a clutch situation. Obviously, this is just a scrimmage without some of the biggest offensive names he will have at his disposal, but it is still a good experience for the rookie.
Critical 3rd down, Burrow escapes, on the run finds Higgins for the first down.— BengalsCaptain (@BengalsCaptain) August 30, 2020
Save this tweet, we'll be retweeting often this season.
Joe burrow chance at his first game winning drive— Russ Heltman (@russheltman11) August 30, 2020
3rd and 11 from the 25— President of John Ross fanclub (@PatrickJudis) August 30, 2020
Burrow changes the play at the LOS, which results in a first down throw to Boyd.
Audible had RB Patrick help on protection.
Look at that leadership!!!!— Jess Conley, MS, AGACNP-BC (@JessEllisConley) August 30, 2020
Just a reminder. Jacques Patrick is Derrick Henry's size.— BengalsCaptain (@BengalsCaptain) August 30, 2020
3rd and goal from the six fall incomplete after Uzomah gets the ball wrestled away from him.— President of John Ross fanclub (@PatrickJudis) August 30, 2020
Hubnard argues for a sack on the play, and he is given it. 4th and goal at the 10 for all the marbles.
Burrow stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 10. Was blitzed and had to dump it short to Jacques Patrick, who only got to the 6. Defense wins the scrimmage.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 30, 2020
DEFENSE WINS!!! GO BENGALS!!! WHO DEY?!?!? I'M SO FIRED UP FOR THIS SEASON!!!!!!— Jess Conley, MS, AGACNP-BC (@JessEllisConley) August 30, 2020
My line for unofficial line for Bengals QB Joe Burrow: 19-of-34, 200 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT*— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 30, 2020
*subject to review afterward
Here we go..... que the Joe Burrow haters... pic.twitter.com/cAwvxdqdI5— Bengalorian (@thebengalorian) August 30, 2020