The Bengals’ receiver depth is getting tested Hardy Nickerson Jersey , but someone is making the most of it." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesCincy Jungle homepageHorizontal - WhiteCincy Junglea Cincinnati Bengals communityFollow Cincy Jungle online:Follow Cincy Jungle on TwitterFollow Cincy Jungle on FacebookFollow Cincy Jungle on InstagramLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchCincy Jungle main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryBengalsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections #BITESIZEFilm RoomRoster Transactions and ContractsOrange & Black InsiderSalary Cap And CBATakeaways from Day 3 of Bengals training campNew,8commentsThe Bengals’ receiver depth is getting tested, but someone is making the most of it. EDTDay 3 of training camp has come and gone. After the past few days, it was nice to have a less eventful day. The first two days were mainly highlighted by A.J. green’s injury, but today was more about what the team can do in his absence.Here are some takeaways from Day 3:Injury updatesCincinnati got one of their linebackers back when they activated Noah Dawkins after he passed his physical. He was one of the players signed from their tryouts earlier this offseason.John Ross also remains on out of practice. He spent most of the day on the rehab field.There are also rumors surfacing that Ross could miss two weeks with his hamstring issue. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Ross is considered day-to-day. We will have to wait and see, but at this point it is probably better to be cautious with the hopes that Ross can be 100 percent by the time the regular season rolls around.As for A.J. Green’s ankle injury, Taylor had an interesting quote about his Pro Bowl receiver:Perhaps Green got a second opinion from another doctor and it’s more positive. We can only hope. Westerman gets his shotYesterday it was worth noting that John Jerry got to run with the first team offense for the second day in a row, but today, Westerman was able to fit in with the starting lineup. This is far from meaning anything other than the coaches do seem to be sticking to their word of having an open competition for the position. Saying this, it’s great to see Westerman will get a fair shot at winning the left guard spot. The last coaching staff would have just given Jerry the job and not let Westerman get much of a shot at it. Taylor is at least giving the young gun a chance to prove he’s a better option than the aging veteran. Jerry ended up taking Westerman’s spot with the second team offensive line today. Trey Hopkins also remained at center as Billy Price remains on the NFI list.How receivers were rotatedIn the absence of Ross and A.J. Green, how the Bengals divided snaps between the rest of the receivers seems to be noteworthy (even if it still be too early to tell if they mean anything).It seems that Cody Core and Josh Malone have an early lead on the rest of the pack. John Also noted that Boyd played pretty much exclusively in the slot during this red zone practice. That would explain why Alex Erickson didn’t receive as many looks considering that would conflict with Boyd and the two tight end sets.Auden Tate not getting as many looks is something to keep an eye on. Coaches were hyping up the possibility of including him in some red zone packages if he was able to make the active roster, so him not getting as many looks in red zone practices causes a slight raise of the eyebrow, but again, it is still very early.Oh, and let’s not forget about Stanley Morgan http://www.thebengalslockerroom.com/authentic-shawn-williams-jersey , the undrafted free agent out of Nebraska who had a good showing at camp today:The former Cornhusker has a golden opportunity in front of him with Ross and Green sidelined. Hopefully, Morgan makes the most out of getting more reps and is able to earn his way onto the 53-man roster. Offensive line notesWe already mentioned that Jerry was the second team left guard, but the rest of that unit has some interesting developments that gives us a slight idea about how coaches view certain players.First of all, Michael Jordan lining up at center probably has more to do with Price being out, but it does tell us that Jordan is viewed as the third center. Given that Hopkins is probably the top backup for most positions along the offensive line, that could end up coming into play eventually.It’s also worth noting that Kent Perkins lined up on the right side while undrafted free agent, O’Shea Dugas, lined up at left tackle. Andre Smith was signed by the team right before camp, but his absence may be more about learning the offense than anything.Fun notes about Day 3Most importantly: CINCINNATI (AP) — An entire month had come and gone without even one win, leaving the Bengals in their deepest drought since 2010.Joe Mixon provided just enough to give the sparse crowd a reason to cheer at the end of their final home game.Mixon ran for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday, and Cincinnati held on for a 30-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders that ended one of their longest losing streaks under coach Marvin Lewis, but couldn’t prevent the Bengals from being eliminated from playoff contention for the third straight season.The Bengals (6-8) had dropped five straight — their third-worst slump during Lewis’ 16 seasons — before finding a team struggling as much as them.Mixon’s 15-yard touchdown with 4:04 left capped his second straight 100-yard game and clinched the Bengals’ first win since October.Yes, October.“I feel like it’s been a loooooong time since we were able to do that,” Mixon said.Cincinnati distributed 44,568 tickets for its final home game. The Bengals had the second-smallest season attendance in Paul Brown Stadium’s 19 seasons as fans showed frustration with another disappointing season under Lewis.The Steelers’ 17-10 win over the Patriots later Sunday ended the Bengals’ minuscule chances of winning the AFC North.In a few weeks Womens Dre Kirkpatrick Jersey , Cincinnati will be waiting to see whether Lewis is around for another year or whether the small crowds will prompt owner Mike Brown to make significant changes. The slump-busting win provided a temporary relief.“I’ve never dealt with losing my whole life, even back to grade school,” said rookie defensive end Sam Hubbard, who had two sacks and forced a fumble. “To come out with a win really feels great.”The Raiders (3-11) are already in next-year mode. They fired general manager Reggie McKenzie on Monday and had little on the line against the Bengals.Oakland was trying to win two in a row for the first time this season, and Derek Carr was closing in on a club record for avoiding interceptions. Carr got his record, but the sloppy Raiders lost again with a nondescript performance.“I ain’t got much to talk about, guys,” tight end Jared Cook said.The Raiders’ offensive line has been depleted by injuries. They struggled to get anything going consistently, managing 297 total yards.“This stings,” coach Jon Gruden said. “It’s hard to lose. It’s a hard situation with a lot of the moving parts that we have.”With Mixon the focal point, the Bengals put together their biggest first half since their previous victory, 37-34 over Tampa Bay on Oct. 28. Lewis went for it twice on fourth down and produced a pair of touchdown drives. Mixon surged into the end zone on fourth down from the 1-yard line for a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.Jeff Driskel struggled in his third start replacing the injured Andy Dalton, repeatedly overthrowing receivers. He had a 7-yard touchdown to Tyler Boyd for Cincinnati’s first score, but Driskel finished 14 of 33 for 130 yards with an interception.Carr was 21 of 38 for 263 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions for the ninth straight game. With his 14th pass, Carr broke Rich Gannon’s club record for the longest stretch without throwing an interception — 277 in 2001. He was lucky to get that far: Bengals safety Shawn Williams dropped a ball thrown directly to him on Oakland’s first possession.BOYD HITS 1 Darqueze Dennard Jersey ,000Boyd reached 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career before hurting his right knee late in the first half. He didn’t return. Afterward, he said the injury isn’t serious. With A.J. Green out for the season with a toe injury, Boyd is the leading receiver with 1,028 yards on 76 catches.“That’s something I wanted to accomplish since got to the NFL,” Boyd said. “Now that I’ve done it, it’s on to the next one. I think have to think about, let it marinate.”MIXON ALMOST THEREMixon’s big game left him 5 yards shy of 1,000 for the first time in his two-year career.SPIKEDIn a play that symbolized the Raiders’ day, Carr spiked the ball at midfield trying to stop the clock as the first half wound down, but took too long and there was no time left when the ball hit the ground.INJURIESRaiders: LG Kelechi Osemele was out for the second straight game with a toe injury, and RG Gabe Jackson was inactive with an elbow injury. CB Gareon Conley got a concussion.Bengals: LB Vontaze Burfict missed his second straight game with a concussion.UP NEXTRaiders host Denver on Monday night. They lost at Denver 20-19 in the second game of the season.Bengals play at Cleveland on Sunday. The Browns won at Paul Brown Stadium 35-20 on Nov. 25.

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