Training camp next to Paul Brown Stadium continued on Thursday for the Cincinnati Bengals. Before the team’s second practice this week, we got to hear from a few more star players in their first in-person press conferences since 2019.
Jessie Bates III doesn’t have to be practicing right now. He could decide to preserve his body until his agent and the team come to terms on a contract extension. The 24-year old Bates is expected to be made one of the highest paid safeties in the game sometime before the beginning of the regular season. He may even reset the safety market altogether.
It would be perfectly reasonable for Bates to use that as a reason to not practice. But he’s been out there nonetheless. He expressed how eager he is to sign his extension Thursday afternoon:
Here's Bengals S Jessie Bates talking about his eagerness to sign a contract extension: pic.twitter.com/qDQs45m3zJ— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) July 29, 2021
Bates is saying the right things, as is his teammate Tee Higgins. Coming off an impressive rookie season, Higgins has bigger goals in mind for his season year.
Here are some other highlights and clips that stood out during the Bengals’ second training camp practice, starting with some praise for slot receiver Tyler Boyd:
Tyler Boyd with a diving catch over the middle on a crossing route in 11-on-11.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) July 29, 2021
Thought Tyler Boyd had a really strong day today. Easily one of the offensive standouts. https://t.co/iMGgjqEFyd— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) July 29, 2021
Joe Burrow’s deep ball was on display for the first time as the offense continued installing against padless defensive players.
The connection with Ja’Marr Chase was just off today. Better now than in a few months.
Two attempts at the Joe Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase deep ball today. Both failed.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) July 29, 2021
The first saw Burrow underthrow a shot down the sideline. Chase had run past Chidobe Awuzie, who broke it up.
The next, Burrow dropped a dime as Chase ran open on a post and Chase dropped it.
I initially thought this was a great play on the ball (which it was) but @JamesRapien had the better view. You be the judge…. Poorly thrown ball or great play on the ball? UNO Vs Awuzie pic.twitter.com/M33IpMLMdt— ZIM (@zimwhodey) July 29, 2021
Towards the bottom of the depth chart, Trent Taylor and Pooka Williams got in some work today. Even Austin Siebert had a decent afternoon.
3. Trent Taylor was the first player catching punts. The others today were Trenton Irwin, Tyler Boyd and Reece Horn. Taylor is the most experienced punt returner on the roster averaging 9.6 yards on 49 career returns in San Francisco pic.twitter.com/vexxcZ0hWr— Dan Hoard (@Dan_Hoard) July 29, 2021
pooka (36) working with receivers https://t.co/odZUNL9oi8— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) July 29, 2021
Austin Seibert couldn’t quite match the perfect day of Evan McPherson yesterday, but still did well. He connected of five of six kicks, only missing wide left from 45.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) July 29, 2021
The Bengals have one more practice before moving operations inside the stadium for the team’s Back Together Saturday event, where fans will get to see the team for the first time this year.