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The Tiger King Electrifies: Reaction from Bengals Training Camp 8/16-8/21

  • A.J. Green
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Joe Burrow
  • Josh Bynes
  • Peyton Manning
  • Tom Brady
By Sam Connaughton August 24, 2020 0 Comment
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Joe Burrow impresses during the team’s first scrimmage, A.J. Green injury concerns and other reactions from Bengals training camp.

Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, the man tasked with the mission of “saving the Cincinnati Bengals” by some fans, had himself a week.

Things started off slow. Both Monday and Tuesday came with mixed reviews. Burrow was great in certain drills but didn’t truly put together solid practices. For most rookies, this would be expected especially during a shortened off-season. The only problem is that Burrow comes in with sky high expectations.

Turning heads

The Bengals were off on Wednesday and when Thursday rolled around, the rookie out of LSU looked like the guy who drew comparisons to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the draft process.

Burrow completed 73% of his passes (14-19) in 11-on-11 drills on Thursday with his only real blemish being an interception. However, Burrow was praised by coaches and media alike for how he bounced back after the interception. He followed by connecting on deep balls mere plays later. His Thursday performance was just the beginning.

On Friday, Burrow was on absolute fire during the Bengals scrimmage. On his first two drives, he was 9-10 with two touchdowns both going to Auden Tate. For the day, Burrow went 13-19 with two touchdowns. He led the Bengals to scores on all five of his drives according to the media.

The buzz around Joe Burrow and the Bengals offense is palpable and will continue to grow with performances like this from the young quarterback.

Other Storylines Coming from Bengals Training Camp

A.J. Green’s Injury Woes Continue: Cincinnati Bengals fans have been talking about the potential elite quarterback to wide receiver connection between Burrow and the former All-Pro Green all off-season. The only problem is that it seems like Green can’t catch a break when it comes to injury luck.

Green tweaked his hamstring on Monday and was held out of practice for the rest of the week. He also did not participate in the team’s scrimmage on Friday.

When asked, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said that Green was being held out of practice for “precautionary reasons” and that the team already planned on having him sit out Friday’s scrimmage.

Josh Bynes Immediate Impact

Josh Bynes, a 2020 free agent signing from the Baltimore Ravens, was brought in to bring a veteran presence to a young, talented linebacker group.

The 31  year old NFL veteran, who graded at a 76.6 on PFF in 2019, had his best year as a pro last year and shows no sign of slowing down. Bynes dominated Thursday’s practice, which was highlighted when he intercepted Joe Burrow.

It’s safe to say, Bynes has been a standout for both his play and his leadership of a young linebacker group early on in training camp. The savvy vet will look to help turn one of the worst linebacker groups of 2019 around in 2020.

The Injury Bug

On Wednesday, it was announced by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Trae Waynes, a 2020 free agent acquisition from the Minnesota Vikings, would miss a sizable portion of the 2020 season due to a torn pectoral suffered in the early days of training camp.

Waynes was supposed to be a key contributor in a revamped secondary. Many media members and fans expect Darius Phillips, who played well for the Bengals when they needed him in 2019, to take a large majority of the snaps Waynes leaves behind.

The injury bug also hit the Bengals defensive line early on in the week. Bengals defensive tackle Renell Wren was carted off the field during practice on Monday. He was supposed to provide depth for a Bengals defensive line that desperately needs it. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network tweeted that Wren has a severe quadriceps injury and that if he was to have surgery, Wren would be out for the 2020 season.

Depth will be crucial this year for all NFL teams especially with the looming threat of a player or groups of players testing positive for COVID-19 during the season. Wren’s injury will thin out the Bengals defensive line and expect young defensive tackle Andrew Brown to try and fill the depth chart hole caused by Wren’s injury.

O-Line? Oh No

There were good things and bad things that came from the offensive line in camp this week . A bright spot for the offensive line has been left tackle Jonah Williams. The 2019 first-round pick missed the entire 2019 season after he tore his labrum in training camp last year. Zac Taylor praised Williams after Friday’s scrimmage. “He’s certainly been a great asset for us so far in this training camp,” Taylor said. Fans should expect Williams to anchor this offensive line early in his career and for years to come.

As for the bad things, the Bengals had four false start penalties in Friday’s scrimmage and three on the first drive. When asked about it, Taylor said that this is stuff that usually happens in the first preseason game. Obviously, he wants to get on top of it soon.

There also seemed to be a large amount of defensive pressure in the backfield during team practices this week according to a report from Cincinnati.com’s Tyler Dragon. The Bengals offensive line will need to step up and protect Burrow and limit penalties in order to be successful. This is definitely something to monitor as the Bengals first game against the Los Angeles Chargers rapidly approaches.

2020 Media Day

The Cincinnati Bengals had their 2020 media day on Friday. Check out some of the content from it below:

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