The Bengals will hold their first training camp at Ohio Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 11, and it won’t be the first time that they’ve been in a hurry.
After all, this team had to be in shape to take on the Broncos in the Super Bowl in January of 2019.
The Bengals are currently playing their first season under new offensive coordinator Adam Gase and head coach Marvin Lewis.
The team signed free agent tight end Tyler Eifert and cornerback Jamar Taylor in free agency, as well as running back Giovani Bernard and wide receiver Marvin Jones.
Now, the Bengals are poised to do something that’s been impossible for the franchise in recent years: sign a player to a contract extension.
The Bengals will host their first practice at the facility on Aug. 17, with the team set to practice there for the first day of the regular season.
This is the first training-camp practice for the Bengals since the Bengals hired Gase on Feb. 17.
After a season of injury, the team is hoping to get more out of their rookie running back, Andy Dalton.
Bengals coach Marvin Givens told the media on Friday that Dalton would be ready for the start of training camp.
Dalton, who tore his ACL in the second game of the 2017 season, had his recovery completed in early August.
The former University of Tennessee star rushed for 1,000 yards and six touchdowns in 2017, but had to sit out the first four games of the season due to an ACL injury.
The next week, he tore the ACL again in a game against the Ravens.
Dalton’s return will be important for the team.
The quarterback has struggled this season, as the Bengals have averaged just 3.8 points per game in the first eight games.
The biggest concern is how the offense will fare with Dalton in the fold.
They will need Dalton to have a big impact in the offense to make the playoffs.
The veteran quarterback has the talent to be a good starting quarterback in the NFL and is not afraid to put his head down and make plays.
But Dalton is not the quarterback the Bengals can rely on.
The offense is struggling and the defense is lacking a reliable pass rusher.
This could be a tough season for Dalton and the team to overcome.