After three weeks of voluntary OTAs, the Cincinnati Bengals today began and ended mandatory minicamp inside Paul Brown Stadium. This was the team’s last practice until training camp starts next month. In his post-practice press conference, Head coach Zac Taylor said he cancelled practices scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Injuries are already starting to pick up around the league, and the Bengals had been fortunate thus far. The team saw nearly every single player participate during Tuesday’s practice with the exception of second-year offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji, who also did not practice last week either.
Taylor announced after practice that Adeniji had surgery to repair a recently-torn pectoral. Adeniji will likely be out for the season.
Other previously injured Bengals players have been given increased workload. Joe Burrow has now been seen doing rollouts and bootlegs, and D.J. Reader is now taking part in defensive drills with teammates.
The Bengals will enter their Summer vacation before returning to the facilities for the start of camp. Local media was there for today’s practice, so let’s see what went down inside PBS.
Burrow throwing it to Tyler Boyd in a short passing drill. pic.twitter.com/vpMAIyhKZR— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) June 15, 2021
Everybody accounted for again at today’s #Bengals practice except for OL Hakeem Adeniji, who also missed last week.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) June 15, 2021
Joey B out here doing bootlegs/rollouts. Ain’t no limit.— Keenan Singleton (@KJMSingleton) June 15, 2021
DJ Reader now has a jersey on and is participating in one of the half-speed defensive drills— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) June 15, 2021
Burrow also had four straight completions to Ja'Marr Chase in 7-on-7.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) June 15, 2021
Brandon Allen is the QB in 11-on-11 drills while Joe Burrow watches with the rest of the team in the end zone.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) June 15, 2021
But as of now - knee is around 85%— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) June 15, 2021
Burrow says he thinks he can take the first snap of training camp but “I’m sure we’ll have a conversation about that.”— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) June 15, 2021
Joe Burrow on Tee Higgins: "Tee's going to have a big year." Said the second-year WR looks completely different.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) June 15, 2021
Had to take a photo from the opposite side of the field, but thought it was cool to see rookies Cam Sample, Wyatt Hubert, and Joseph Ossai take the time after @Bengals practice to spend some time talking to Mike Brown pic.twitter.com/wppOBasAPr— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) June 15, 2021
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