Quick Hits: A.J. Green And Burrow Lift Zac; Bengals Seek Roster Flexibility
Taylor is trying to keep guys healthy and in order to do that, he knows he's got to keep guys separated for much of the day. But he's also know his units need reps together. This, of all training camps, with a rookie quarterback on offense and an overhauled depth chart on defense.
The Bengals worked together as a full team with veterans and rookies at Paul Brown Stadium
It is Aug. 4, after all, 40 days before the Sept. 13 opener at The Paul against the Los Angeles Chargers. Less than six weeks away, and they're used to being together since April. Plus, Hubbard's defense most likely lined up at least five new starters when they went nickel in that very first walkthrough. And, it is the middle of a pandemic.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow's adaptability a big plus heading into the 2020 season
"Everybody has to adapt right to what we are doing right now," said Burrow. "The teams that are going to win the most are the teams that adapted the best to the situation that we are in. I feel like I've done a fairly good job at adapting to the situation, but I'll find out how I did based off the number of wins we have on Sundays."
Cincinnati Bengals keeping QBs in separate rooms during virtual workouts due to coronavirus
As the Bengals work through the early phase of training camp, Burrow and the other three quarterbacks on the roster -- Ryan Finley, Jake Dolegala and Brandon Allen -- are taking isolation to another level. According to coach Zac Taylor, each of them is in a separate room during virtual workouts as Cincinnati takes the necessary precautions to keep them healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Bengals Notes — Potential opt outs, adding to the roster, A.J. Green and more
"He makes me really happy, just watching him walk through routes," Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said of Green. "He’s been obviously been studying it. It was just really good to see him out there for the first day of practice."
Bengals’ Joe Mixon indeed looks like he’s in best shape of his life
Mixon hit the practice fields with his teammates Tuesday for what was technically the start of training camp this year. And while Burrow’s big debut in stripes was the biggest news of all, it was Mixon’s appearance that made some waves virtually.
Bengals conduct first full squad walk-through and it had Taylor seeing red
Taylor said the wrist device, which coaches are also wearing and is akin to an Apple watch, are handed out at the start of each day and then returned at the end of the day to monitor how socially distant everyone involved is.
Bengals aiming to get contract done with RB Joe Mixon
"Joe (Mixon) is an important part of our team. He's a piece that we'd like to get extended and have around here a long time. Typically, our extensions have gotten done during camp at some point," Tobin said on Monday, via the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Five free agent defensive tackles the Bengals could target
Adding a player like Reader to a group that already has Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Sam Hubbard could be a game changing type of move. Unfortunately, the Bengals' defensive line depth has taken a hit over the past week. First, Ryan Glasgow was waived after he failed his physical. Then, Josh Tupou opted out of the 2020 NFL season.
Rookie LB Logan Wilson brings speed and explosion to Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals made upgrading and overhauling their defense a priority during free agency and the NFL Draft. Rookie linebacker Logan Wilson was their highest defensive draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and brings a blend of speed and explosion to defensive co-ordinator Lou Anarumo’s unit.
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Game Theory: Ranking all 32 NFL teams by their QB rooms
Cynthia Frelund ranks each team at the quarterback position heading into training camp.
Lions say Matthew Stafford had false-positive COVID-19 test
"Today we removed Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list and onto the active roster," the team said in a statement. "As a result of a false-positive test result, he was forced due to NFL/NFLPA protocols to sit out until he received two negative tests. His testing sequence for the pre-entry period was: negative, negative, false-positive. The next three tests were all negative. To be clear, Matthew does NOT have COVID-19 and never has had COVID-19 and the test in question was a False-Positive. Also, all of Matthew's family have been tested and everyone is negative."
Derek Carr has something to prove: 'I'm tired of being disrespected'
Carr is coming off an overlooked and quietly impressive 2019 season. He's been a starter for six seasons with just two starts missed, throwing for better than 4,000 yards in each of the last two seasons -- something no other Raiders QB had previously done. However, he's led the Raiders to just one winning season during his time with the franchise and has often been chastised for staying safe with his throws rather than looking for the home run.
Packers' Adams: We were expecting WR to be drafted
However, the Packers opted to go through the entire 2020 NFL Draft without selecting a wideout -- a decision complicated by free-agent signee Devin Funchess' choice to opt out of the season. Despite a receiver-rich draft class, the Packers picked Jordan Love in the first round after trading up to grab him. Hence, the receiver quandary has been overshadowed by the already lingering plot line of Rodgers playing with his heir apparent in the same QB room.