Camp Notebook: Bengals Offense Gets Back Together For Fans; Trent Taylor's Roster Bid; Mixon's The One For The Crowd
The Bengals got Back Together with their fans at Paul Brown Stadium for a crowd-pleasing Saturday that had something for everybody, ranging from two 60-yard field goal tries to a couple of Joe Burrow's vintage crazy legs scrambles.
Quick Hits: Taylor Likes Bengals Coverage
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who also calls the plays, called Friday's practice a draw after the first offense couldn't get a touchdown in the red zone. "As the head coach, it's really encouraging. As the play caller on offense, I want more success on offense," said Taylor before Saturday's Back Together practice at Paul Brown Stadium.
Bengals Offensive Line Embraces Pollack's Player Approach
Frank Pollack's musical mix matches what he's got going on in the Bengals offensive line room, where the players swear by him and, maybe just as importantly, where his wall adjoins the office of head coach Zac Taylor. Pollack, 53, an old school plug-and-play NFL guard sifted out of the 1990 sixth round and Northern Arizona, is making music with new age analytical offensive linemen like Jonah Williams, the Bengals' cerebral left tackle.
Camp Notebook: Bengals Secondary Gets Out The Blanket With Some Swag; Backup WRs Shine; Boyd "Shows" Leadership
Mike Hilton not only brought over from the Steelers a rep as one of the best slot cornerbacks in the NFL, but a chart that keeps track of the secondary's good plays and misdeeds that are administered by the defensive backs themselves. Free safety Jessie Bates III has run with that idea and is looking for a revolving board of evaluators. Whoever is evaluating Friday's practice won't see much bad, that's for sure. The defense carried the red zone day, fueled by a secondary that blanketed Joe Burrow's No. 1 receivers.
Quick Hits: Jonah Beefs Up; Carman Waits; Pooka In The Slot
If Bengals left tackle Jonah Williams looks a little more bulked up, it's because he is. Williams revealed before Friday's practice that he's put on about 10 pounds since the spring after a conversation with new offensive line coach Frank Pollack.
Bengals Booth Podcast: Tick, Tick, Boom
It's the "Tick Tick Boom" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as Boomer Esiason joins Dan Hoard to discuss Joe Burrow. Plus, the last time the Olympics were in Tokyo (1964), Paul Brown attended. Hoard asked Bengals president Mike Brown about it in a new round of "Fun Facts."
Camp Notebook: Boomer Tees Up Bengals As Contenders; Higgins Mirrors Goals; Business as Usual For Bates; Daniels Brings Vintage Energy
Boomer Esiason says the Bengals wide receivers are good enough to put the offense in the AFC North conversation ... One of them, Tee Higgins, thinks the Bengals can have three 1,000-yard receivers ... Jessie Bates III keeps his focus ... Well-connected Mike Daniels is an energetic vet ... Player, Play and Quotes of the Day.
Boomer And Burrow in PBS Summit: 'He's A Better Player Than I Ever Was'
Whether he was the NFL Man of the Year or the NFL MVP or the Voice of Monday Night or just the plain best locker room leader the planet has ever known, Boomer Esiason always went in style. And so Thursday was no different as a golf cart takes him between appointments at Paul Brown Stadium.
Burrow, The Talk And The Bengals' Bid To Write History With A Proud Ohio QB
Joe Burrow had never heard The Talk like this. So when Bengals president Mike Brown did what he always does but couldn't do last year because of the pandemic, Burrow was all ears earlier this week when Brown opened training camp with his annual talk in front of the team.
Camp Notebook: Mixon Off and Running as Bengals O-Line Gets Frank; McPherson Doesn't Flinch; Hopkins, Reader Reap Rapid Rehabs
With the Bengals set to put on the pads for the first time next Tuesday, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor used Wednesday's first practice of training camp to ease into amp-up mode ... Quarterback Joe Burrow barely threw a ball over five yards in his first two 11-on-11 sessions since last season, but the crispness of his spring work and his chemistry with first-round pick Ja'Marr Chase were on display.
Bengals' New-Look Defense Finally Glimpses Full Preseason
The Bengals veterans reported Tuesday for training camp's first practice on Wednesday and that means free safety Jessie Bates III is the only defensive starter left from the last game before Zac Taylor became head coach. The renovations finally get a spring and summer for polish.
Mike Brown's Two Quarterbacks, Burrow and Taylor, Have Him Bullish On His Bengals
Ever since Mike Brown was a kid growing up in Cleveland and called for Browns great Otto Graham to throw him a pass, he's been a connoisseur of elite NFL quarterbacking. He thinks the quarterback he has now, Joe Burrow, coached by old college quarterback Zac Taylor, can lead his Bengals to victory.
Bengals Notebook: With Burrow Cleared, Training Camp Starts Under Full Sail
The Bengals get a shot of good karma when they open training camp Wednesday with quarterback Joe Burrow under center in 11-on-11 action for the first time this year. It's apparently not the only shot they're going to get. At Monday's training camp luncheon in Paul Brown Stadium's East Club Lounge, head coach Zac Taylor said fewer than 10 players haven't received a COVID-19 shot.
Reports Put Hubbard In Fold As Burrow, Bengals Prep For Camp Opener
The Bengals don't begin training camp until Wednesday's practice, but they picked up some momentum Sunday with moves that indicated franchise quarterback Joe Burrow has been cleared and multiple reports that they've reached agreement on a four-year extension with franchise cornerstone Sam Hubbard.
Kenny Anderson Makes His Call On Burrow: 'He's The Whole Package'
Remember, Ken Anderson actually coached in the NFL of the 1990s and 2000s for one year longer than he played in the '70s and '80s. During those 17 years mentoring quarterbacks, he called plays for a former NFL MVP, shepherded a future Pro Football Hall of Famer to a Super Bowl ring and coached a future Super Bowl championship offensive coordinator. So you have to listen when Anderson starts talking about Joseph Lee Burrow.
Bengals' First Super Bowl Team Stages Ring of Honor Reunion As Voters Tap The Two Kens
The voters offered a fitting tribute on the 40th anniversary of the first AFC championship season when Bengals Season Ticket Holders selected Ken Anderson and Ken Riley to join fellow Super Bowl starter Anthony Munoz and club founder Paul Brown, the leading architect of what is generally regarded as the best Bengals' greatest team.
Bengals Welcome Fans To Paul Brown Stadium On July 31 For Back Together Saturday Training Camp Event
Fans will be able to watch the Bengals practice while enjoying a variety of free family-friendly activities, including inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, pictures with Who Dey and a Ben-Gals Cheer Zone.
Bengals Booth Podcast: Hot Fun In The Summertime
It's the "Hot Fun In The Summertime" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast with Pro Football Focus Senior College Football Analyst Seth Galina discussing quarterback Joe Burrow, wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase and looking at ways the offense can be more efficient in 2021.
PBS Crafts Bengals Ring Of Honor
The first coat of Bengals orange has made it on the panel that is evolving into the Ring of Honor in the bowl of Paul Brown Stadium as the east façade awaits the name of franchise founder Paul Brown and the last name of Pro Football Hall of Fame left tackle Anthony Munoz and his No. 78.
Best Bengals.com Stories From The 2021 NFL Draft
The Bengals emerged from the 2021 NFL Draft with quite a haul making 10 selections. Headlined by LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase with the fifth overall pick, the Bengals restocked on both side of the ball. A look back at some of the best features from Bengals.com with the team's draft picks.
Bengals Ring of Honor Game Set for Thursday Night Football
The Bengals will induct the inaugural Ring of Honor class during a primetime Thursday Night Football game on Sept. 30 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The inaugural class will include Paul Brown, Anthony Muñoz and two former players selected by Season Ticket Members.
Bengals Notebook: Chase Shows Up As Advertised; Higgins Bodies Up; Mixon Shows Rookies The Way
If it hadn't been Joe Burrow and his rehab all the time every day and how sharply he has thrown the ball, the top story of the Bengals Spring would have been the polished professionalism and eye-catching versatility of first-round pick Ja'Marr Chase.
Bengals Roster Battles Begin As Spring Ends; Taylor, Pooka In Classic Vet-Rookie Matchup at WR/PR
When Bengals president Mike Brown convened his coaches and player personnel staff for Wednesday's annual last-day-of spring roster outlook, no doubt they had special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons' mantra in mind.
Bengals Notebook: Camp Bates Rousing Success; Taylor Senses Schemes Taking Foothold; Back Home In Indiana
Camp Bates broke early at Paul Brown Stadium Tuesday and free safety Jessie Bates III, the Bengals' NFL Players Association rep who along with other team leaders helped facilitate the workouts with Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, couldn't have been happier.
Burrow Ends Spring Fling Dealing; "We were clicking"
Joe Burrow ended his spring session the way he began it. Dealing. Burrow went flinging into summer hitting all of his passes in a brisk seven-on-seven session of quick throws and check-downs that turned out to be the final set of scrimmage snaps of the mandatory minicamp.
Quick Hits: Taylor Likes What He Sees, Cancels Last Two Days Of Mandatory Mini; Burrow Says He's On Track For Season; Adeniji Feared Out For The Year
Buoyed by 10 practices with what amounted to perfect attendance and a high enough vaccination rate that could allow them to meet in person during training camp and the regular season, head coach Zac Taylor cancelled the remaining two days of mandatory minicamp and sent the Bengals into summer vacation Tuesday afternoon.
"Jungle to the Hall' Rallies For Bengals Greats
Bengal Jim Foster, one of the prime movers of Bengaldom's sprawling fan base, is expecting some from as far away as Florida and upstate New York when his group continues its press coverage to see the franchise's greatest players honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Saturday's "Jungle to the Hall."
'Are You Kidding Me?': Lap Breaks Down Bengals Ring Of Honor Ballot
Dave Lapham is one of the 17 nominees on the Bengals' inaugural Ring of Honor ballot, but that shouldn't rob us from hearing the same entertaining, enthusiastic takes on the list that he's been giving to his loyal listeners on the Bengals Radio Network when it comes to everything stripes.
Bengals Booth Podcast: High Hopes
It's the "High Hopes" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as the always entertaining Adam Schein joins Dan Hoard to explain why he has high hopes for Cincinnati in 2021 and beyond. Then Dave Lapham joins the podcast to discuss OTAs and answer the fans "AskLap" questions.
Awuzie Looking For Checkmate On The Corner In Move To Bengals
Chidobe Awuzie, the Bengals new starting cornerback who loves chess because it simulates life's daily treadmill against checkmate, prides himself on first moves. But it was the Bengals' opening gambit in free agency back in March that left Awuzie the most impressed and in control of the board.
Bengals Rookie RB Evans Catching The Rebound
You have guys who are the son of a coach and guys who are a coach on the field and guys who are a coach in waiting. But in rookie running back Chris Evans, the Bengals already have a guy who actually has been a coach for almost as long as he's played the game.
25 Years Later, Willie Anderson Still A Force Up Front
The silver anniversary of Willie Anderson's draft finds the NFL's best turn-of-the-century right tackle going full circle. When he was 13 and both a football and basketball prodigy, the fast break Bengals of 1988 helped lure him into following the NFL. Now 13 seasons after taking his last NFL snap, Anderson is becoming an even more familiar figure in Cincinnati in his role as the offensive line's roaming youth national ambassador.
Bengals Booth Podcast: Get Back
It's the "Get Back" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as Dan Hoard talks to wide receiver Trent Taylor about a fresh start in Cincinnati and Twitter's reaction to wearing No. 18 in a tryout. Plus, Around The NFL writer Nick Shook discusses his article ranking Trey Hendrickson third among pass rushing disruptors.
Jonah Williams Vows "Bringing The Fight," To Bengals Blindside
No one can break down the game of Jonah Williams better than the Bengals left tackle himself. At one time or another since they took him in the first round two years ago, the cerebral, diligent Williams has been, among other things, an Opening Day starter, an advance scout and a sideline confidant at practice for his offensive line mates. So take note of his observations from last season's NFL debut because he has already taken them to heart.
A Familiar Look For Chase As He Impresses Bengals Early And Often
Ja'Marr Chase got his first NFL check Wednesday when he signed his contract. But he got his first NFL Joe Burrow check before that. "We can look at each other and already know what we're thinking," says Chase, who says it has happened during these last two weeks of voluntary practices. The Bengals also have a feeling about Chase, Burrow's fellow LSU game-breaker they couldn't resist taking with the fifth pick.
'Old' Guys Like Uzomah Are Here In June Because They're Young Enough To Dream About February
C.J. Uzomah, now the oldest starting skill player on the Bengals offense at age 28, broke into the NFL on that 2015 edition that became the first AFC North team to start a season 8-0. Uzomah, as every Cincinnati school kid knows, is the tight end who caught Andy Dalton's last Bengals touchdown pass and Joe Burrow's first. He's also the last offensive or defensive player left from that group. But he says these Bengals have something better than those Bengals.
Bengals Notebook: 'Same Old Joe (Burrow)'; Chase's YAC makes WRs more versatile; Waynes "Relieved," To Learn Hands On
The Joe Burrow Rehab took an encore bow Tuesday morning when he opened the Bengals' second set of voluntary practices the same way he opened the first last week with receivers shaking their hands after catching one of his blistering darts and coaches watching in approval.