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Keeping up with Bengals second week of OTA’s

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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 11: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Paul Brown Stadium on August 11, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 11: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Paul Brown Stadium on August 11, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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The Cincinnati Bengals began their second week of voluntary OTA’s on Tuesday. The team has limited reporters on what they can put out this year.

The Cincinnati Bengals have kept everything close to the vest this year in the OTA stages of the offseason. Limiting what reporters can talk about in the media has made it very difficult for fans to get a real idea of what is going on. While other teams have shared videos on their practices, the Bengals are not allowing the reporters to spill much of anything.

There has been some news on the OTA’s as Carlos Dunlap is holding out again this week. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was reported to not be there on Tuesday either but will return today as he was given time for a funeral in Alabama. Tight end Tyler Kroft was seen for the second week in a row on the side field working out separately joined by left guard Clint Boling. Here’s to hoping that neither players will have any nagging injuries that keep them off the field.

ESPN’s Katherine Terrell was reporting yesterday that cornerback William Jackson III was having a great day. Someone that wasn’t looking like they were having a good day was backup quarterback Matt Barkley who threw right at the feet of Jackson. Seventh-round pick quarterback Logan Woodside is told to of not throwing a single pass in OTA’s to this point. That could be concerning to some fans that want him to make the 53-man roster.

Star wide receiver A.J. Green was reported sitting out the rest of the day after colliding legs with a couple of cornerbacks yesterday. While there was nothing serious to report, precautionary measures were taken. William Jackson also left the field with an athletic trainer but then returned shortly after.

Safety Shawn Williams has been limited to the side field as he rehabs an injury as well giving rookie safety Jessie Bates more reps with the defense. He’s been seen running sprints on the sideline which is good news, however.

That’s all the information we could collect from the media on how the practice went on Tuesday. The media will not be allowed at the practices for the rest of the week, so I wouldn’t expect much information coming out of OTA’s. Next week begins mandatory camps which will be something to keep an eye on if Carlos Dunlap decides to join his teammates.

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It’s been interesting how the Bengals organization doesn’t want much information getting out. Reporters aren’t allowed to share who is lining up in what positions and where players are playing. It could be that the Bengals want to leave as much out of the media for other teams to gage but still seems a bit extreme. Fans are excited to see the new offense and defense this season. I guess we will have to wait till training camp and preseason to get any idea on those things.

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