Samaje Perine, RB (CIN)

Competing with Evans

At this stage, it appears as though Perine (undisclosed) leads Chris Evans in the competition to secure the immediate backup slot behind top RB Joe Mixon, Chris Roling of the USA Today reports.

With that in mind, coach Zac Taylor recently noted that "(Perine's) certainly got a leg up right now in that battle, but that's what training camp is for. Plenty of times, guys step up and have huge growth. We'll see where it goes." Either way, Evans -- a 2021 sixth-rounder -- has a chance to factor in, particularly in passing situations, but as long as Perine can stay healthy, he'll be in the mix for early-down touches that don't go to Mixon. To that point, it's worth noting that trainers had a look at Perine during practice Tuesday after he came up lame on punt drill, according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic.

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Returns to team drills

Burrow (appendix) returned to team drills Wednesday but acknowledged he would still like to add weight before Week 1, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Joe Mixon

Joe Mixon

RB | CIN

Unlikely to play this week

Mixon and other starters likely will be held out of Sunday's preseason game against the Giants, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow

QB | CIN

Logs 7-on-7 reps Sunday

Burrow (appendix) participated in 7-on-7 drills during his return to practice Sunday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

RB | CIN

Poor effort Friday

Evans carried the ball eight times for minus-three yards and caught his only target for nine yards in Friday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

Jake Browning

Jake Browning

QB | CIN

Sees extended action Friday

Browning completed 13 of 24 passes for 190 yards and gained 14 rushing yards on four carries in Friday's preseason game against the Cardinals.

Ja'Marr Chase

Ja'Marr Chase

WR | CIN

Headed for more slot work?

Chase could see more work in the slot this year, with offensive coordinator Brian Callahan noting that the second-year wideout is a "really smart" player who knows assignments for multiple receiver spots, Paul Dehner of The Athletic reports.

Samaje Perine

Samaje Perine

RB | CIN

Impresses at training camp

Perine has been "all over the field making plays" in training camp, according to Jay Morrison and Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.