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Shining Stars From the Cincinnati Bengals Offseason Workouts

The Bengals are finishing Phase Two workouts as they look ahead to next weeks OTAs. Let's examine three players who have shined thus far.

The Cincinnati Bengals are putting the finishing touches on Phase Two workouts at the training grounds adjacent to Paycor Stadium. Several veterans have joined the 2024 rookie class in light unpadded drills on both sides of the ball. Head coach Zac Taylor always runs an excellent offseason program and his sixth camp at the helm seems no different. The Bengals have had a solid turnout through two weeks and this only reaffirms the culture he built. These practices are important for returning to football shape, building camaraderie, calming the nerves of newer players, and aiding rehabbing individuals to get back on the field. Let’s look at three players who have shined thus far before OTAs begin next week.

Shining Stars From the Cincinnati Bengals Offseason Workouts

Amarius Mims

The Bengals have to be thrilled at the early returns of first-round draft pick Amarius Mims from Georgia. The man-mountain seems to have quickly immersed himself in the playbook and is reported to be extremely coachable under the watchful eye of offensive line coach Frank Pollack. Veteran Orlando Brown Jr. has gone the extra step and is serving as a mentor to help refine Mims’s technique. His footwork has been his calling card and he moves so fluidly for such a large person. The Bengals will increase the workload and responsibilities for their prized pick in OTAs and training camp at the right and left tackle spots.

Jermaine Burton

Possibly the most impressive rookie through two weeks of work has been Jermaine Burton. He has caught everything thrown his way and the speed and quickness in space have been evident from the first practice. The rapport he’s building with franchise quarterback Joe Burrow has been refreshing to see from a rookie who reportedly had character issues coming out of college. Burton seems to be soaking every little element in to improve at the next level and recently stated “He’s the guy…as long as you hone in and pay attention to the little details, you’ll have a successful time with Joe Burrow.” If Burton can keep his mind right throughout the season, the Bengals might have found one of the steals of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Joe Burrow

Speaking of success, it looks like we’re getting closer to all-systems-go for Burrow. He has looked fantastic in his throwing sessions with no visible limitations as he’s worked heavily on throws off-platform. Although the Bengals signal-caller still isn’t cleared for contact, that hasn’t hampered his ability to push the ball downfield. He’s throwing upwards of 60 air yards to various wide receivers with several deep shots to Burton. Burrow’s progress since November has been impressive for an injury never seen in a quarterback. Cincinnati’s training and strength staff will closely monitor his wrist to try and prepare him for training camp and ultimately Week 1 against the New England Patriots. Both can’t get here fast enough.

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