4 takeaways from the sixth practice

4 takeaways from the sixth practice

The sixth practice at Cincinnati Bengals training camp was a landmark because the pads went on for the first time this summer.

That meant more aggression and actual hitting, never mind a few scuffles breaking out.

Not only that, the day had the expected amount of positional battles unfolding and even a few injuries worth noting.

Also of note, a day removed from Joe Burrow making an appearance on the sideline, he was again not seen in practice. Coaches stressed it’s nothing to be concerned about and that Burrow was indeed at the building, though.

These are the top notes and takeaways from the team’s first day in pads.

Younger players and scuffles

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Veterans know the deal when the pads go on over the summer — get more aggressive but still protect your guys.

But the sixth practice saw Cam Taylor-Britt on the receiving end of some extra aggression that required other players to break them up after a hit. And days before that, a rookie was involved in a scuffle that featured punches thrown.

To sum? The rookies will quickly learn from veterans just how much they can get away with in these early sessions.

Injuries

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Corner Eli Apple hit a stationary bike, then the locker room for precautionary reasons after coming up limp with what appeared to be a leg injury. Running back Samaje Perine followed a similar course after suffering a lower-body injury.

Also of note, defensive back Tre Flowers missed his second day in a row. Over on the rehab field, La’el Collins and Thaddeus Moss were the most notable.

Tee Higgins is ready

Higgins is ready…at least in spirit. As seen in the note above from ESPN’s Ben Baby, the star wideout is tired of coming back slow. Unfortunately for him, the team isn’t going to put him at risk — and it’s not like he’d be repping with Joe Burrow right now, anyway.

Jonah Williams looks great

It’s been worth wondering whether we’ve seen the best of Jonah Williams on the left edge.

Perhaps not.

As Andrew Whitworth confirmed above, Williams looked fantastic on a rep against Joseph Ossai. And he didn’t look too bad on reps against Trey Hendrickson either, which creates some hope that he can take his game to yet another level.

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