May 26, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The Cincinnati Bengals runs drills during OTAs at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals are entering week two of organized team activities and a lot has already happened. They have signed all but one draft pick, a few players returned to the field, and some are still on the sideline working out with trainers. Here is a look at what has happened so far at Bengals OTA’s.
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Marvin Jones is back. That felt incredible to say so I think I will say it again, Marvin Jones is BACK! The Bengals’ number two wide receiver participated in 11-on-11 drills on Tuesday and looked like he was as close as you could get to 100 percent. He missed all of last season and would have provided another element to Andy Dalton‘s passing game that was clearly missing. If the offense can remain close to healthy, it could be a very dangerous this season.
Vontaze Burfict still has a long way to go. He worked out on the sidelines with trainers and according to Cincinnati Enquirer writer Paul Dehner Jr., Marvin Lewis told reporters that Burfict “will be in “rehab” through the summer” and “has a long ways to go.” When Burfict will return is anyone’s guess, but he was sorely missed by the Bengals last year. We will have to wait and see if he is ready for the coming season.
The Bengals have signed every draft pick with the exception of Cedric Ogbuehi. Tyler Kroft was signed to his rookie deal on Thursday leaving only Ogbuehi unsigned heading into week two of OTAs. Ogbuehi will most likely make around $9.3 million on a four-year deal and will receive something in the range of a $5 million signing bonus. Once he signs his rookie contract, every Bengal will be signed heading into the season.
All Bengals fans are hoping that Cincinnati can head into the 2015 season healthy and ready to go, except with Ogbuehi, who will still be recovering from his ACL tear and will most likely start the season on the Injury Reserve with designation to return. Football season is only a few months away and we are getting anxious with every passing day.