Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins: Lessons from preseason finale

The Cincinnati Bengals wrapped up their preseason on Sunday night following a 29-26 loss to the Miami Dolphins. 

With final roster cuts looming, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and his staff will spend the next two weeks getting ready for the season-opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 12 at Paul Brown Stadium.

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Joe Burrow:QB takes three snaps in Bengals' preseason finale vs. Dolphins

Here's what we learned from Cincinnati's preseason finale: 

Joe Burrow sees first-game action at Paul Brown Stadium since suffering knee injury

Three quick plays and quarterback Joe Burrow went back to the sideline for the remainder of the game. Burrow was greeted back on the field at Paul Brown Stadium with a standing ovation from the crowd.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) sits on the bench after completing his drive in the first quarter of the NFL Preseason Week 3 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.

Cincinnati’s franchise quarterback tore his ACL and MCL in the Bengals’ Week 11 loss to the Washington Football Team in 2020. Burrow impressed in the 10 games he played during his rookie season. Wanting to bank a few game reps with his teammates prior to the season-opener against the Minnesota Vikings, Burrow will now have three game reps to review.

Burrow took three snaps on the Bengals’ first offensive drive of the game. On the first play, Burrow handed the ball off to wide receiver Tyler Boyd. The second play, Burrow’s only pass of the game, was a bubble screen to Ja’Marr Chase who dropped the ball. Cincinnati’s franchise quarterback’s day ended with a handoff to running back Joe Mixon who rushed for five yards.

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