Training camp developments normally gravitate towards optimism for the potential of a player or panic, as someone suffers an injury. The Bengals had both go down on Thursday.

Andy Dalton is on point

The news coming out of camp is Dalton has shown a masterful command of the offense. This isn’t surprising on its own given he’s a veteran going into his seventh season, but what is important is how his consistency is providing confidence in other players.

“He understands this offense so well and he knows where you need to be. He takes the time to explain it to you, so you can listen and hone it in. He’ll find you in the zones; he’ll find you in the man coverage. He’s one of the best for a reason. And it’s real fun out there playing with him when he’s doing his thing. Just follow his lead and he’ll get you right,” wide receiver Alex Erickson told Bengals.com.

When you listen to Erickson’s words, you gain a sense of the trust the players have in Dalton. Not only is this a testament to Dalton’s hard work and consistency, it also demonstrates the offense is ready to follow their quarterback into the toughest challenges, knowing he can see them through. This is the mentality championship teams have.

Joe Mixon banged up

Mixon has created much buzz throughout camp thanks to his crazy athleticism. Bengals’ fans held their breaths today when Mixon had to leave practice due to a left foot injury. Thankfully, it isn’t anything serious. Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports Mixon suffered a bruised heel, an injury that wouldn’t have prevented him from returning to practice.

However, it was smart of the Bengals to let him rest it. Given that Mixon could be a key contributor at the start of the season there’s no reason to roll the dice at this point.

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