October 23, 2017
Bengals get more proof of Joe Mixon's potential

Bengals get more proof of Joe Mixon's potential

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No burpees.

It’s a simple goal, and they’re not entirely difficult for a professional athlete to pull off. But if you miss an assignment in Cincinnati Bengals running backs room, you’re doing them. They might be Instagrammed for posterity with the cheerful jeers of your teammates filling the background. You might do them on the practice field in front of everyone.

But you don’t want to do them.

Joe Mixon smiled.

He had to do a set, once. He missed a check down – but was quick to point out the coaches threw something different at him to trip him up. Throughout camp, the Bengals coaching staff has praised the rookie running back for his consumption of the offense and ability to not only digest it but then execute it in practice.

Friday night’s 23-12 preseason opening victory over Tampa Bay at Paul Brown Stadium was Mixon’s first real opportunity to prove it.

And there’s no greater oven to try and perform in than in the red zone, on third down, with a veteran quarterback like Andy Dalton calling out his protection from the shotgun. The Bengals offensive coaches put Mixon in…

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