Bengals 2022 Training Camp: 5 takeaways from Day 1

Leigh Oleszczak
Cincinnati Bengals receiver Pooka Williams Jr. (12) catches a pass during the first day of preseason training camp at the Paul Brown Stadium training facility in downtown Cincinnati on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp
Cincinnati Bengals receiver Pooka Williams Jr. (12) catches a pass during the first day of preseason training camp at the Paul Brown Stadium training facility in downtown Cincinnati on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp /
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Cincinnati Bengals training camp is here! What did we learn about the reigning AFC champions on their first official day of training camp? 

After losing to the Rams in the Super Bowl, the Cincinnati Bengals have officially started their path to get back to the big game in 2022 with their first day of training camp.

The day started off with some coaches and players talking with the media before heading out to the field to get the first training camp underway.

We’ll start with some of the media sessions with what we learned about the stripes on Wednesday.

Joe Burrow surgery went well, timetable for return unknown

On Tuesday, it was announced that Joe Burrow was getting his appendix removed after experiencing some stomach pain. Fortunately, it appears that the surgery went well and was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, per head coach Zac Taylor.

The timetable for Burrow’s return, however, isn’t currently known.

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Alex Cappa and La’el Collins have both been dinged up this summer but Cappa got some work in on Wednesday despite Zac Taylor mentioning they’d be easing him in. Taylor also mentioned that Collins, despite his back injury, is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Carman starting at LG

We got our first look at the new-look offensive line in action on Wednesday — Well, sort of. With Collins’ injury, Isaiah Prince got to take starting reps at right tackle but the rest of the unit looked as we expected it to with Jackson Carman getting the nod at left guard. Carman is the favorite to win the job over fourth-round rookie Cordell Volson.

Injuries

Unfortunately, injuries do happen in training camp and one occurred for the Bengals on the first day. Elijah Holyfield, who is fighting for likely a practice squad spot, “went down hard” according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic. The cart came out for him and this obviously hurts his chances of making it onto the practice squad but we’ll see how long he’s out for.

Almost everyone accounted for

We all knew that Burrow wouldn’t be at camp due to his appendectomy but Jessie Bates was the only other person to miss the first day of camp. Obviously Bates wasn’t there due to the contract hold out and the Bengals not extending him before the July 15 deadline. He might not end up showing up at all but we’ll have to see how that plays out.

Day 1 of training camp is in the books! What will the second day have in store?

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