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Cincinnati Bengals July Scouting Report
Mark Huber

Bengals Training Camp presented by Kettering Health kicks off on Wednesday, July 27. The reigning AFC Champions are scheduled to hold 12 open practices, including Back Together Saturday on July 30.

The Bengals won't begin training camp practices until July 27 next to and inside Paul Brown Stadium. The defending AFC champions will have 12 practices open to the public, including Back Together Saturday.

Back Together Saturday is fans' one opportunity to watch the Bengals practice inside Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals radio announcers Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham will provide live commentary throughout practice.

Tickets are free and fans must claim a mobile ticket to enter Paul Brown Stadium. Season Ticket Members will receive an email with information on how to access tickets through a presale beginning on July 12. Tickets will be made available to the general public on July 14.

There will be exciting photo opportunities at Back Together Saturday, including an opportunity to take pictures with the Lamar Hunt Trophy celebrating the Bengals' AFC Championship. Fans can also take pictures on the Ruler of The Jungle throne and next to the tiger pillars used for player introductions. Kid-friendly attractions -- free to all fans -- include inflatables, face painting and balloon artists.

The team is pretty well set at all offensive fantasy football positions. The key is having backups who can step up if one of the big guys goes down with injury. Positions going in to training camp look like this:

QB: Joe Burrow is the clear-cut No. 1 with Brandon Allen the clear No. 2. Unlikely this changes.

RB: Joe Mixon is No. 1. Beyond that, it might get dicey. Samaje Perine has been the No. 2 early down guy with Chris Evans as the No. 2 on passing downs. While I believe the Bengals will keep the trio intact, it wouldn't be TOO surprising if Evans slotted in behind Mixon. Kid is talented but they do like what Perine brings to the table.

WR: Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd are solid 1-2-3, best trio in the league. After that, it's up for grabs. Mike Thomas is a blocking stud at WR. Stanley Morgan knows the system. Kwame Lassiter is one guy who could battle Trent Irwin at No. 6. Eventually he could move up if he continues to impress. None beyond the top 3 in my opinion will be fantasy worthy if injury happens.

TE: Hayden Hurst is the top dog with Drew Sample at No. 2. The guy to keep an eye on is Thad Moss, son of Randy, who as yet to emerge but always has a tantalizing pedigree. Hurst could have a monster season if he stays healthy.

K: Evan McPherson has no challengers.

IDP: There are several players who stand out here. Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard as edge rushers along with Joseph Ossai, who missed time with injury last year but may turn out to be a third-down beast. Logan Wilson at linebacker along with the just about everybody (Vonn Bell, Jessie Bates, Eli Apple, Chidobe Awuzie) in the secondary can slot in to an IDP lineup somewhere.


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