What to watch for at the Cincinnati Bengals first scrimmage

What to watch for at the Cincinnati Bengals first scrimmage

  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Joe Burrow
  • Jonah Williams
  • Linebackers
  • Logan Wilson
  • Mackenzie Alexander
  • NFL Training Camp
  • Offensive Line
  • Secondary
  • Trae Waynes
By Sam Connaughton August 20, 2020 2 Comment
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On Friday, Cincinnati Bengals fans and media will get a glimpse of their new look team. Here are a few key things to watch for on the August 21st scrimmage.

Though the scrimmage won’t be televised on Friday, Cincinnati Bengals’ social media will be abuzz with pictures and video highlights. New Bengals players like Joe Burrow, DJ Reader and Vonn Bell are expected to participate.

Scrimmages during training camp become much more important due to lack of preseason games before the 2020 season. With that in mind, here are some key things to watch.

Offensive Line Play/Rotation:

The Bengals offensive line play will have a big role in the success of the team in 2020. It is expected that former first-round pick Jonah Williams will start at left tackle and veteran Trey Hopkins will start at center for the Bengals Week 1.

As for the other three spots, no decision has been made. Former first-round pick Billy Price, second-year player Michael Jordan and free agent acquisition Xavier Su’a Filo will battle for both guard spots.

At the right tackle position, both Bobby Hart and Fred Johnson came into camp expecting to be the Week 1 starter but Hart looks to be in the lead as of now according to reports. Fans should pay close attention to who will be getting playing time and the overall play of the offensive line come Friday.

Young Linebacker Core

The Bengals drafted three linebackers in the 2020 NFL Draft. Logan Wilson out of Wyoming is expected to be an immediate addition to the Bengals linebacker rotation. Fellow rookies Akeem Davis-Gaither and Markus Bailey could be worked in on specific defensive packages and will be key contributors on special teams.

These three players, along with second-year linebacker Germaine Pratt, will be marketed as the new wave of Bengals linebackers and will help aid a linebacker unit that was one of the worst in the NFL in 2019.

The scrimmage will give these guys an opportunity to showcase that this year will not be like last year.

The New Look Secondary

The Bengals secondary got a makeover during the off-season. The team brought in and paid cornerbacks Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander from Minnesota. They also added free safety Vonn Bell from New Orleans.

They also let Darqueze Dennard walk in free agency and cut Dre Kirkpatrick. Thus, the secondary will have a lot of new faces this season and will need to become a cohesive unit.

It certainly doesn’t help when Waynes tears his pectoral early on in camp and will miss time and free safety Shawn Williams went down this week in practice and will sit out the scrimmage. It will be interesting to see how this new Bengals’ secondary fares in their first scrimmage. An early test awaits them against one of the top receiving corps in the NFL.

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Cal

August 21, 2020

I know it’s early but who do you think the Bengals will take with the 1st overall pick in 2021?

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DawgPound69

August 21, 2020

This article is trash just like the bengals

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