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Camp Notebook: Burrow And Chase Go Deep; Fitting End To Preseason Practice; A Bengals Great's Advice To Ossai
The Bengals had their last full-scale practice of the preseason Thursday. It was quite fitting it ended on the last second of a two-minute drill where cornerback Eli Apple tipped away Joe Burrow's pass for rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase in the end zone on a day Chase probably had his best practice as a pro. The revamped Bengals defense, led by their three brand new cornerbacks, were all over Burrow and his receivers early on before Burrow and his offense came back strong.
Camp Notebook: Burrow's 'No Excuses' Standard Heading Into Sunday's Preseason Finale At PBS
As he prepped for Sunday's return (4 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in the preseason finale against the Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow put on the kind of clinic he says the Bengals need to replicate every practice ... Cornerback Trae Waynes' status is a question after he left practice Wednesday ... Burrow gets first shot with vet guards.
Camp Notebook: Burrow Tees Up Offense For A Show; How Tennis Balls And Old Film Have Ja'Marr Bouncing Back In The Chase
The Bengals offense had one of those really good days during Monday's practice that wide receiver Tee Higgins says they need to stack on top of each other. And it all may have started when rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase went to wide receivers coach Troy Walters after Friday night's three drops in Washington and was right back at it so they could meet "to get my focus back."
Camp Notebook: Another Big Day For Bengals Defense; Spence on Familiar Turf In Reunion With Duffner; Kareem Return Emboldens Edge
Everybody is talking about how big the defensive line is playing, how the cornerbacks have covered like Vegas, how Jessie Bates III and Von Bell are one of the league's top safety tandems. But the linebackers have drawn a quiet oohh-what-do-we-have-here from the coaches. Germaine Pratt showed why in Sunday's brisk practice he also stood up for his defense.
Quick Hits: Zac Eyes Opening Day Bengals O-Line; Burrow Still May Play In Preseason Finale; Taylor Sees No Lack Of Confidence In Chase
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor hopes to roll out what he projects as his Opening Day offensive line for next Sunday's preseason finale (4 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) against the Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium.
Roster Look: Crunch Time For Bubble Bengals And On The Edge With Ossai Injury
The Bengals practice Sunday after Friday's 17-13 loss in Washington, but other than that it's like a regular-season week as they prep for next Sunday's preseason finale (4 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) against Miami at Paul Brown Stadium. But a preseason finale is never normal for the back of the roster. Especially after Sunday's report third-round pick Joseph Ossai is feared out for the year.
New Veterans on Bengals Defense Setting A High Bar After Two Preseason Games
The Bengals defense has run 124 snaps in the first two preseason games. The first team defense has taken 20 of them and given the opposition exactly no points while generating two sacks, a turnover and Friday night's fourth-and-one stop in the 17-13 loss at FedExField that is the signature play of the defensive overhaul that began in the spring of 2020.
Quick Hits: Bengals First Defense Offers Another Blanking; Sample's Injury Appears Minor; Taylor Still Mulling Burrow For Preseason Finale;
The Bengals first defense is unscored upon after the first two preseason games. On Friday night in a 17-13 loss in Washington, it was 14 plays and a sack of FitzMagic, not to mention a fourth-and-one stop by highly touted free agent defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi on the Washington 23 and another pressure by unheralded rookie free agent edge rusher Darius Hodge for his sixth of the season.
Bengals Defense Not Enough In 17-13 Loss
The Bengals defense offered another strong effort in Saturday night's second preseason game at FedExField when they allowed Washington just one touchdown, but it wasn't enough in a 17-13 loss. The first team defense allowed old friend Ryan Fitzpatrick nothing in three series, backup running back Jacques Patrick averaged seven yards on his six carries in his bid for a roster spot and rookie Evan McPherson hit a 50-yard field goal with ease.
Bengals O-Line To Get Early Test In Washington
After Saturday's steady opening night in Tampa, the Bengals offensive line tries to keep it going in Friday night's (8 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) massive test at FedEx Field against the Washington Football Team's monstrous defensive line of four first-round picks in a matchup of mind as much matter. The O-line returns to the scene in a different place.
Camp Notebook: Burrow Predicts 'A Lot Of Touchdowns,' For Chase; Larry O. To Make Bengals Debut; Chido Does It Again
Wednesday's last day of Bengals training camp was actually like a Friday as head coach Zac Taylor crafted his schedule in preparation for Friday night's second preseason game at Washington. Center Billy Price gets the start again as Trey Hopkins (ACL) remains on target for his third straight Opening Day start.
Camp Notebook: Message For Bengals Offense From 'Joe Squared,' (Burrow And Mixon); Larry O Brings It
Here's a sequence from Tuesday's practice showing Joe Burrow's growing confidence in his knee and leadership role... tight end C.J. Uzomah, owner of the coveted Bengals.com Player of the Day, called the after-practice meeting in an offense-only huddle "Joe Squared." Also, Larry Ogunjobi is finding his legs and wreaking havoc.
Quick Hits: Bengals Defense Experimenting With Pressure Looks; A Sample Of Anarumo's Menu
Before Tuesday's practice, defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, who has clearly invested in the offseason scheming different ways to get to the quarterback and has spent training camp trying to keep them under wraps, tried to illustrate how little of his playbook he's showing in the preseason games.
Camp Notebook: Rookie Smith Steps Up As Bengals O-Line Evolves; Ossai Still Getting Checked; Burrow And Chase Have A Day
Rookie D'Ante Smith, drafted as a tackle a few months ago, is now a guard. Fred Johnson, claimed off waivers as a guard two years ago before starting at both guard and tackle last season, is now a tackle. Such is the clarity of the world according to new offensive line coach Frank Pollack, where at Monday's practice Smith worked with the first group at left guard just 48 hours after his NFL debut of 40 solid snaps ... Joe Burrow, who won't play Friday, sizzled on Monday instead.
Ja'Marr And Jalen: Bengals' Opening Victory Features Two Touch-And-Go Stories Of NFL Preseason
For rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase and the people that made him the fifth pick in the draft, they just wanted to see him get a touch to get him acclimated after nearly two years since his last catch in the 2019 national title game. Meanwhile, second-year player Jalen Davis, a slot cornerback on the NFL fringe, needed a touch. The fact that he got two that turned into tipped interceptions in back-to-back third quarter drives made for the biggest game of his life.
Quick Hits: Bengals Hope Ossai OK After Huge Debut; Rookie RB Evans Cuts Them Down To Size; No. 1 For No. 1
The one guy missing from the victorious Bengals news conferences at Raymond James Stadium is a guy they hope isn't missing for very long. After the 19-14 victory over the Buccaneers in the preseason opener, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said rookie edger Joseph Ossai is going to have his wrist evaluated Sunday. According to Pro Football Focus, the third-rounder from Texas had five pressures in 22 snaps, best of all the rookies this opening weekend.
Rookies Evans, Ossai Lift Bengals To Halftime Lead over Bucs
Bengals rookie running back Chris Evans threw a bevy of moves at the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers in Saturday night's preseason opener and his one-yard run with 13 seconds left in the first half gave them a 7-6 lead. Evans, a sixth-rounder out of Michigan, had seven carries for 17 yards, many of them coming on slithering second efforts, before putting his head and down and slamming in for the go-ahead touchdown.
Pregame Notebook: Taylor Calls On Bengals Vets Trey Hopkins and Ricardo Allen To Teach NFL Lesson; Tupou Rewarded With Start; Burrow's Road Rehab
Two Bengals veterans didn't play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, but they may have had the biggest impact on the first trip of the year.
Thaddeus Moss Brings A Lifetime To Scramble At Bengals Tight End Spot
The Bengals head into their first preseason game in two years Saturday night (7:30-Cincinnati's Channel 12) literally in the eye of the storm with Hall-of-Fame traveling exhibit Tom Brady supposed to take the first couple of snaps for the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. But for second-year tight end Thaddeus Moss, a Bengals tight end candidate, there isn't much he hasn't seen in the 23 years he has quickly grown up. His mother says he's always thought like an old man.
Jordan Evans And His Emerging LBs Screech Full Circle in Tampa
When the Bengals open their preseason Saturday night in Tampa against the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers (7:30-Cincinnati's-Channel 12), the NFL career of Bengals quicksilver linebacker Jordan Evans comes to a screeching 360 degrees as he straddles two eras.
Camp Notebook: Bengals O-Line In Spotlight For Preseason Opener; Trey Drops; A Sample of Surrealism
Since the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers feared front is intact, how Bengals head coach Zac Taylor uses his much scrutinized offensive line is of much interest in Saturday's preseason opener (7:30 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in Tampa.
Quick Hits: QB Allen To Play Bulk Of Saturday's First Half; Zac Yet To Make Preseason Call on Burrow; Bates Cancels The Noise
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has sketched out his playing time for Saturday's preseason opener in Tampa (7:30 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) and it sounds like backup quarterback Brandon Allen is going to play most of the first half while the first offensive line may not go as long with a good drive or two.
Quinton Spain's Birthdays Help Age Young Bengals O-Line
Quinton Spain, the Bengals starting left guard who stuck around to give the offensive line more birthdays, has been wearing it every Aug. 7 since his buddy Cody Ford gave it to him in Buffalo. Now he's giving something back to the kids in the room.
Camp Notebook: Hilton Blitzes Bengals Slot; Moss Posts Up; Two-Minute Proves Timely
With the preseason opener closing in and working in their last day of pads before meeting the Super Bowl champs, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor hurried them up into Saturday night's game (7:30-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in Tampa with a pair of two-minute drills Wednesday.
Quick Hits: Who Else But Chase's Take On The Improving Burrow?; How Youth Drew Vet Guard Spain Back To Bengals
Probably no one knows Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow's game better than his college teammate and rookie receiver Ja'Marr Chase. Before Wednesday's practice, Chase gave his take on how Burrow has improved the last couple of days.
Camp Notebook: Burrow Provides Some Pocket Rockets; Chase Heeds 'Rome Wasn't Built In A Day' Advice And Flashes
After they reconvened following Tuesday's padded practice, quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase shared a quiet fist bump. In the wake of last week's frustrating installation, the Bengals combo for the Zooming '20s deserved it after what was the offense's best day of training camp.
Quick Hits: Bengals NT Tupou Runs Back In Top Shape For Hands-On Return; Ogunjobi's Moving Debut At Three Technique
Let's see. The last time nose tackle Josh Tupou lined up on the Bengals defensive line in a game, he started on a five-man front and had a tackle for a loss in the win over Cleveland in the 2019 finale. Welcome back and here's a seating chart for you. But Tupou, the fourth-year veteran who opted out last season, is unfazed.
Duke Tobin On Joe Burrow, Bengals Rookies And The Position Group That Has Impressed The Most | Bengals Training Camp Live
Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin joined Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham to break down the first two weeks of training camp in the latest Training Camp report, presented by Medical Mutual.
Bengals Emerging Rookie D'Ante Smith Brings 'It' Factor To O-Line
Quarterbacks aren't the only guys who can have 'It.' Whatever "It," is. Take D'Ante Smith, the Bengals rookie offensive lineman built to NFL specifications and wired with "It." Rodney Holder, his head coach at Grovetown High School, just a Hail Mary from The Masters' Amen Corner, knew it long before the Bengals made his big guy with the baby face the first high school player from Columbia County to be drafted by the NFL.
First 2021 Bengals Depth Chart Has Michael Jordan At RG
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor revealed his first depth chart of the season Monday with an offensive line that has Michael Jordan at right guard backed up by veteran Xavier Su'a-Filo and second-round pick Jackson Carman. In anticipation of Saturday night's preseason opener in Tampa (7:30-Cincinnati's Channel 12), Taylor has put rookie tackle D'Ante Smith as the backup to left guard to Quinton Spain.
Camp Notebook: Awuzie Comfortable With Bengals Moves
There wasn't much offense and defense Sunday at Bengals training camp with head coach Zac Taylor bequeathing the majority of practice to special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons. But there was enough for the defense to again flex its muscles.
Quick Hits: Burrow Won't Play In Tampa; Mixon, WRs To See Some Snaps; NT Tupou Impresses
No big surprise when before Sunday's practice Bengals head coach Zac Taylor ruled quarterback Joe Burrow out of Saturday's preseason opener (7:30 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in Tampa. And no decision if he'll play in the other two preseason games.
Burrow Seeks 'Old Self' Back In The Pocket
Add "Honest Joe," to Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow's growing list of nicknames. Before Saturday's practice Burrow engaged in a candid give-and-take with the Cincinnati media in which he vowed he'll be back "to my old self," in "a couple of more days, a couple of more reps."