Bengals 2022 Training Camp: 4 takeaways from Day 3

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Zach Carter - Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Zach Carter - Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports /

Another day has passed and that means another day of Cincinnati Bengals training camp is in the books! The team now has three practices under their belt. What did we learn on Day 3? 

With each passing day, the Cincinnati Bengals get a little closer to the start of the 2022 regular season where they’ll look to defend their AFC title from a season ago.

As Day 3 of training camp is now history, what did we learn about the team? Let’s take a look at a few takeaways from the third day of practice.

No Pooka Williams

Second-year weapon Pooka Williams wasn’t practicing on Friday. Charlie Goldsmith noted in a tweet that the former Kansas product was on the sideline watching the action and also pointed out that he’s competing for a slot receiver and returner role.

Williams played running back at Kansas but that’s never been the plan for him in Cincinnati. We saw him briefly in the regular season as a return specialist but it didn’t go swimmingly for the then-rookie. If he wants to make this team, he’ll have to show that he can be a viable option as a return specialist.

Mike Thomas banged up

The starting wide receiver trio is crystal clear but the depth behind them is not. That’s why training camp is really important for guys like Mike Thomas. Unfortunately, he was injured during Friday’s practice after he was tripped up on a play and helped off the field afterward.

Jay Morrison noted that it looked like a left knee injury for Thomas.

Injuries are unfortunately a big part of training camp and the Bengals already learned this. Elijah Holyfield was carted off during the first practice of the season and now Thomas is nicked up. Hopefully, this is only a minor setback and Thomas will be good to go for the start of the season.

Evans at kick returner

The hottest under-the-radar name in Cincinnati is none other than second-year running back, Chris Evans. Fans love Evans and are expecting big things from the Michigan product this year.

While Brandon Wilson is expected to make the team and be the main returner, Evans got the first reps at kick returner on Friday, per Goldsmith. Wilson was injured last year but had handled those duties last season but now Evans has a chance to show that he can do it better and be a mainstay there.

Gunter goes down

Another injury occurred, unfortunately, and it happened to seventh-round rookie, Jeff Gunter. Following the final play of practice, Gunter went down and despite getting up on his own, had trouble putting weight on his left leg.

Gunter is competing for one of the defensive line depth spots and isn’t a lock to make the team despite being drafted this year. Hopefully, this injury isn’t serious and he can make a run at the roster this preseason.

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Day 3 of Bengals training camp is in the books!