Bengals Minicamp Preview: Four Things We'll Be Watching For This Week

Cincinnati Bengals mandatory minicamp starts on Tuesday morning.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow scrambles during a minicamp practice at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Cincinnati Bengals Mini Camp
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow scrambles during a minicamp practice at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Cincinnati Bengals Mini Camp / Sam Greene/Cincinnati Enquirer via Imagn
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CINCINNATI — The Bengals are holding mandatory minicamp this week. It’s their last team function prior to training camp. 

Here are some of the things we’ll be looking for over the next three days:

Joe Burrow

Burrow has looked good throughout the offseason program, but didn’t throw in practice last week. That should change on Tuesday. 

Will he be out there? How does he look? Is he getting in plenty of work with Ja’Marr Chase? 

All of those questions should be answered this week. 

Wide Receiver Battle

Everyone knows that Chase is the No. 1 wide receiver on the team. How will the rest of the room look behind him? Tee Higgins isn't expected to show up for mandatory minicamp. 

Will rookie Jermaine Burton move into the slot with Tyler Boyd no longer in town? Is Andrei Iosivas going to make a push for the No. 2 receiver job while Higgins is out? Are Trenton Irwin and Charlie Jones true candidates to replace Boyd in the slot? What about Mike Gesicki? How does he fit in this offense?

With Chase in town, we’ll get a better idea of how the coaching staff views a crowded wide receiver room and how a talented and athletic tight end like Gesicki could change things for a Bengals' offense that is expected to look different this season.

What Can Brown Do For You?

It’ll be nice to see Trent Brown on the field. The veteran offensive tackle missed most of the voluntary portion of the offseason program. That allowed Amarius Mims to get valuable reps with the first team offense. Mims could still see time with the first unit, but getting Brown on the field is big for an offensive line that is hoping to take a big step forward this season. 

Position Battles in the Secondary

If the season started today, DJ Turner II would probably get the nod over Dax Hill at outside cornerback. Vonn Bell would also probably start over Jordan Battle. That doesn’t mean that both jobs aren’t up for grabs. 

It’ll be interesting to see the rotation between Turner and Hill. Both guys should spend time with the first group alongside Cam Taylor-Britt and Mike Hilton. Battle is expected to get the chance to push to start at safety, but he has plenty of ground to make up with Bell on the roster. The veteran has the trust of the Bengals’ coaching staff. They believe he can still play at a high level. 

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James Rapien covers the Bengals for Sports Illustrated's and is one-half of the Locked on Bengals Podcast. He's also the co-owner/creator of Cincinnati Bengals Talk on YouTube. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Cincinnati and has spent the majority of his professional career in the Queen City. Rapien previously covered the Cavaliers and Indians in Cleveland. He has a background in radio, which includes stops at 700 WLW, ESPN 1530 and 92.3 The Fan. He loves a good trade rumor and uses copious amounts of hot sauce on his food. Cincinnati chili is his go-to meal, followed by gallons of mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert. When he isn't working or eating, he's probably walking his dog Finley or spending time with family.