Day 3 of Cincinnati Bengals training camp had a different look, and sound.
Here are three observations from the Sunday afternoon practice.
The Bengals put on their shoulder pads for the first time since the 2016 regular-season finale against Baltimore, and it didn’t take long for things to get physical.
On the first play of 11-on-11, linebacker Vontaze Burfict and defensive end Carlos Dunlap stopped running back Jeremy Hill and pushed him into the backfield, prompting head coach Marvin Lewis to yell at them to “let him drive.” On the next play, Burfict lowered his shoulder and popped running back Giovani Bernard, causing Lewis to have another conversation with him. Later in the practice, Burfict put running back Tra Carson on the ground.
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Safety Shawn Williams got in a shot on wide receiver Chris Brown while defending a pass, causing Burfict to run over to congratulate him.
“It’s another step, another phase to what you’re doing in football and you’re trying to make that progression, learning to play behind our pads and drop our knees and have good pad level,” said Lewis, who was as vocal as he’s been in the first three practices, expressing his frustration at times with the lack of tempo on both offense and defense and with players walking off the field after their taking their reps.
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