The Cincinnati Bengals held their final practice Tuesday afternoon before their first preseason game Thursday night against the Chicago Bears.
Here are some observations from Day 11 of training camp:
Forty-five minutes into a practice a light rain turned steady and then torrential, prompting head coach Marvin Lewis to order the team off the field.
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The Bengals waited out the heavy stuff and resumed practice 30 minutes later inside Paul Brown Stadium, meaning most of the fans who made the trip weren’t able to watch the rest of the session or get autographs afterward.
A light rain fell for a good part of the hour the team practiced in the stadium, and there was a brief period of heavier precipitation for a few plays during 11-on-11 drills.
Rookie center Billy Price continued his bounce back from Saturday’s performance in the mock game when four of his snaps ended up on the ground. After having some sort of snap issues in eight of the first nine practices, Price has had back-to-back clean ones, including Tuesday’s rain-soaked session.
“I think we’ve moved past from it,” Price said. “It’s a chance to showcase to everybody and to handle what I can do and just move forward and grow from it. We’ve made our adjustments. We’ve gotten better. And we’re going to be OK. Rain, shine, snow, hail, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, whatever you like, we’re bell OK.”
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict practiced for the second consecutive day after coming off the Non-Football Injury list , although head coach Marvin Lewis said Burfict will not play Thursday. … Tight end Tyler Eifert did not practice, keeping with his day on, day off program, one that makes it seem unlikely he will play against Chicago. … Rookie defensive end Sam Hubbard had an impressive practice with a number of quarterback pressures, a couple of which would have been sacks in a live situation. … Running back Joe Mixon had a few runs where he got through the line completely untouched. On another play, rookie linebacker Chris Worley beat tight end C.J. Uzomah to stop Mixon behind the line of scrimmage. … Cornerback Darqueze Dennard nearly came up with an impressive interception when he fought through tight end Mortiz Bohringer to break up a pass intended for Ray Lowry. Dennard scooped up the ball after it fell and punted it across the field. … Rookie wide receiver Auden Tate took part in 11 on 11 drills for the first time since leaving practice with a head injury Thursday. … Rookie quarterback Logan Woodside got his first reps of camp in 11-on-11 drills. His first would have been a sack by Carl Lawson, but the next two were completions to Kermit Whitfield and Jared Murphy. … Jonathan Brown was the only kicker who attempted field goals , going 5 for 5 from 30, 35, 33, 42 and 46 yards.
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