It looks like all the quarterback injuries have disappeared and practice was back to normal for Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch.
Osweiler took the first-team reps as expected, and Lynch was with the twos.
What we saw of practice today Brock Osweiler was throwing with plenty of zip. So as Vance Joseph/Osweiler said yesterday, no problem with making start Sunday vs. Bengals. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 16, 2017
“Brock looked fine. He went full today and he had zip on the football, so no issues there,” coach Vance Joseph said.
The coach didn’t give many hints on where Lynch would sit on the depth chart for Sunday, however.
“We’ll see,” he said about Lynch as backup. “It’s a long week.”
Mike McCoy on Paxton Lynch: “He did a nice job. We increased his workload this week and he did a nice job.”— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) November 16, 2017
Tight ends Jeff Heuerman and A.J. Derby both did not practice due to injuries - which Joseph said were not serious - but he indicated it was possible Austin Traylor may be promoted from the Practice Squad to the active roster since the two tight ends are down.
“Very possible. Obviously we have some roster moves that we can make with those two guys being down,” he said. “Very possible.”
New outside linebacker Deiontrez Mount was brought up primarily to play special teams, Joseph noted, although he is known for rushing the passer up the middle.
“With Mount coming up, that gives us more speed on teams. That was one reason he came up and obviously he can rush the passer. He’s worked hard the last month and a half but the reason would be for [special] teams.”
The coach also noted that newly acquired tackle Cyrus Kouandjio is not yet ready to play right tackle.
“I would say no on that one,” the coach said. “He’s been here about two weeks and he has to get in better football shape, but he is working hard.”
For the Bengals, Adam Jones continued to be out with a concussion and is unlikely to play Sunday while Brandon LaFell and Chris Smith were in limited action after not practicing on Wednesday but are expected to play.
Jones is still battling a concussion that will likely have him sitting out Sunday. That means Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson will be getting extended snaps. Both have actually played better than Jones, who is clearly in the downswing of his career at 34 years old. He should not be allowed to take another snap from either Dennard or Jackson, even though we know that’s not how it will play out once he’s healthy.