Bengals: Here’s what we learned after the 1st day of training camp

Leigh Oleszczak
CINCINNATI, OHIO - JUNE 15: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals stretches during Mandatory Minicamp on June 15, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - JUNE 15: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals stretches during Mandatory Minicamp on June 15, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Cincinnati Bengals offensive guard Quinton Spain (67) and guard Jackson Carman (79)
Cincinnati Bengals offensive guard Quinton Spain (67) and guard Jackson Carman (79) /

Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp

Zac Taylor says guard battle will be “an interesting one to watch”

We discussed the offensive line a bit during Hopkins’ entry but we’ll stay on that topic now, shifting to the guard positions. Both starting guard jobs are wide open as of now and head coach Zac Taylor said the battle to find out who wins the starting jobs is interesting.

Ben Baby’s tweet above mentions Jackson Carman, the second-round rookie, as a member of the guard competition but there’s also Michael Jordan, Quinton Spain, and Xavier Su’a-Filo in the running to win one of the two starting gigs. Carman has been the favorite to win the right guard job throughout the offseason but we’ll see if that comes to fruition.

Taylor has been hyping up the guard competition ever since OTAs and it’s an important battle for this team. Finding the right combination of guys to join Jonah Williams, Trey Hopkins, and Riley Reiff on the starting o-line is critical and this is the time for the team to figure out who the right guys are for the job.

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