This week will be a good opportunity to see where he is with his fitness, but Taylor said Burrow trains better in individual drills than in 7-on-7 and possibly 11-on-11. Team drills are important for getting back into the group, establishing shot timing and accuracy, and taking on a defense with a chance of seeing good disguises.
What quarterbacks do with coach Dan Pitch on individual drills further tests his movement and is better at gauging his fitness, Taylor said.
“Honestly, I didn’t learn much about his fitness yesterday,” Taylor said. “I could see him throw the ball further than I had seen him throw. On some on-air routes, he looked very neat doing that. He played on time and was aggressive in his decision making. All of this was encouraging. That’s what I won yesterday, not so much full body fitness.
Burrow has not yet been made available to local media.
Wide receiver Tee Higgins said Burrow was throwing “really, really well,” despite downtime from practice. Burrow had trained with the recruits after they first reported to camp, but on the day the veterans reported him, he was in the hospital for his procedure.
“It was a great sight to see,” Higgins said. “Last time I saw him pitch he was with the rookies, rookie camp when they first showed up. That was the last time I saw him throw, and to see him come here yesterday and throw the balls he did, it was great to see.
The Bengals are finally on the verge of regaining their full first-team offense.
Right tackle La’el Collins started training last week after opening camp on the non-football injury list due to a back problem, but he’s still taking things ‘day by day’ when it comes to when he’ll be ready for training team, Taylor said.
Higgins participated in his first 11-on-11 drill Sunday after staff restricted him early in camp to ensure he is fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. He was eager to get off his leash, so to speak, and said he felt ready to get going sooner, but understood the need for patience.
“I feel like a bag of money,” Higgins said. “I feel like I’m 100%. It was good. It was good to be tired and ride some routes. Just being out there with the guys, you know, huffing and huffing to make it feel good.
Taylor had at least seen his attack together on visits, but said it was good to see everyone in training on Sunday.
“Good to see Tee out there running for sure,” Taylor said. “He’s such a big target, a game changer. He also brings a lot of energy to the caucus. They all bring some energy, but when you combine them all, it’s just one big ball of energy. They really play against each other, and it’s pretty cool to see this band together.
Remarks: Left guard Jackson Carman was back in practice on Monday after sitting out an extra day on Sunday with elbow discomfort after a full half of playing time in the preseason opener of Friday. … The Bengals placed center Ben Brown on the reserve/injured list with a bicep injury on Monday. Brown, a University of Mississippi freshman, signed in May as a college free agent. Cincinnati’s roster is now down to 85, as was required on Tuesday. Free security Jessie Bates still hasn’t signed her franchise offer and isn’t counting on the roster.