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Recap of Bengals training camp Day 3

Cincinnati’s new-look defense won the day on Friday.

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Training camp is filled with battles between not only players in the same position groups, but between both sides of the ball. Some days the offense will have the upper hand. The defense will have their dominant outings as well.

Friday seemed to be the latter for the Cincinnati Bengals. Reports of the team’s secondary getting the best of Joe Burrow’s aerial attack filled the timeline and fueled some minor dread amongst the fan base. Is this hyped up passing unit not as good as we thought?

It’s July. We don’t know anything yet.

But that’s the nature of camp: When the opposition is your own team, one side is going to look better than the other. For those who’ve chosen the path of panic, we’ll check in with you in six weeks when you’re optimistic again.

Tyler Boyd certainly isn’t losing faith. Before practice, the veteran slot receiver said the offense can “absolutely” produce three 1,000-yard receivers this season.

But before Boyd and his band of brothers can put the NFL on notice, there’s work to be done on the practice fields. Here’s what stood out to us on Day 3 of Bengals training camp.

While tight end C.J. Uzomah was getting a rest day for his recovered Achilles, Burrow and his receivers were working on goal-line routes.

Even backup receivers Trent Taylor and Trenton Irwin reportedly made some head-turning receptions.

We heard from offensive line coach Frank Pollack state that Xavier Su’a-Filo is indeed the starter at right guard as of now and that rookie Jackson Carman will have to fight for that spot. Pollack was also the reason why left tackle Jonah Williams upped his weight to 315 pounds this offseason.

Finally, kickers Austin Siebert and Evan McPherson nailed a combined eight field goals in eight attempts, and we also learned that they’ve known each other long before they became teammates in Cincinnati.

Tomorrow, the team will move inside Paul Brown Stadium and practice in front of fans for the first time since 2019. If you’re attending practice, let us know how your experience was!