CINCINNATI -- As the Cincinnati Bengals get going with Day 14 of training camp, here are three items we are going to be watching:
Sticking with Sanu. Like head coach Marvin Lewis said Monday evening, "nothing's changed" with respect to the Bengals' receiving rotation following news earlier that day about Marvin Jones' injury. The Bengals will revert back to the way things were up until last Monday, when Jones had just come back from an ankle injury. They will operate exactly the way they did when training camp started with Mohamed Sanu receiving the bulk of the No. 2 receiver receptions and duties. Sanu has performed well all training camp, turning heads for exhibiting noted improvements and displaying morecomfort in the offense than he did during much of last season. We'll be looking for Sanu to keep playing his complementary role.
Monitoring Peko. Among the latest injuries to watch, defensive tackle Domata Peko's could be among the most concerning. Lewis didn't sound as if trainers anticipated Peko being on concussion protocol for long, but the fact that the lineman has now missed two straight practices while two off days mixed in, it's worth monitoring how long he might end up being out. That's now two starters who are on concussion protocol. Right offensive tackle Andre Smith has be under it for the past two weeks. We'll keep an eye out to see if Peko practices.
Position battle: safety. Now that we're nearing the halfway point of the preseason, it's time to start paying close attention to the numerous position battles that could be decided up to the day 53-man roster cuts have to be made. For Tuesday, we'll be on the lookout for the battle at safety. Taylor Mays has had a strong camp and had a similarly solid spring practice season. But is he at risk for getting cut because the Bengals want to keep the veteran Danieal Manning? Might Shawn Williams become expendable, despite his special teams versatility?