7 takeaways from the first day of Bengals training camp

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The first day of Cincinnati Bengals training camp was largely uneventful.

Minus, the franchise quarterback Joe Burrow missing after needing surgery to remove his appendix, the absence of a franchise-tagged star and rookies already making a name for themselves, to name a few things.

So maybe it wasn’t really all that uneventful after all.

Not only were there media sessions and plenty of autographs to go around for the fans who managed to show up for the first day, the play on the field — without pads, of course — let some early risers stick out.

Whether it was roster battles, injury updates or something more, there are a few key takeaways to know.

Burrow update

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Yes, Burrow’s doing just fine. The irritation that quickly morphed into something more came out of nowhere, but it’s a relatively minor procedure and he should be back quickly. Leaders like Ja’Marr Chase sure know it won’t impact much.

“He’s so tough, he’s not going to talk about it at all,” Chase said, per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “He’s going to come back in and act like nothing happened. That’s just the type of dude he is.”

The Bengals don’t do installs until later in camp, so Burrow’s out at a good time.

No Jessie Bates, no worries

To say players and coaches aren’t worried about Bates’ absence would be an understatement.

Bengals coaches have said they’re totally comfortable with Bates not being there because he’s one of those guys they know will keep up with his work no matter what. And just look at what DJ Reader had to say above.

A reminder that Bates isn’t under contract, so he’s not getting fined and just using his last big of leverage.

Injury updates

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Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said they’re bringing along Alex Cappa and Samaje Perine slowly despite their activations. Ditto for Logan Wilson. Tee Higgins is already back to work. La’el Collins, a surprise add to the NFI list, is expected to be ready for the regular season.

Cam Taylor-Britt shines

Taylor-Britt, the team’s second-round pick, has a chance at snagging some starter reps on the boundary corner spot if he can ascend over the summer. He sure got off on the right foot, having one of the most impressive plays of the day while defending a pass deep down the field. He also wowed onlookers with his athleticism, such as in the highlight above.

Joseph Ossai watch is on

Ossai is all the way healthy and looks great already after managing to avoid any injury lists. He had the look of a massive breakout last season before his preseason injury and that’s again on the menu — he’s one of the bigger “additions” the team is counting on for the defense next season.

Sleeper to watch

Kwamie Lassiter already made noise at OTAs and now he’s doing it again, catching eyeballs on the first day of camp. There’s almost zero room for a wideout to crack this roster, but making an impact on special teams is one of them.

Dax Hill in with the 1s

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As one coach put it, Dax Hill has been thrown into the deep end. The first-round rookie is repping with the ones and was getting plenty of one-on-one time with secondary coaches and coordinator Lou Anarumo. These are critical reps for the rookie who otherwise wouldn’t get them were it not for Bates’ holdout. And so far, he’s looking as advertised.

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