Things have gotten better at training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Joe Burrow is easing his way back into practice. La’el Collins and Alex Cappa have returned to practice. Jessie Bates even showed up at Paycor Stadium to watch the preseason opener.

With most starting roles already defined, all of those storylines reaching an end mean one thing. All eyes are set on the left guard battle. Who’s winning the job?

Is it Jackson Carman, whose performance was disappointing last weekend? Or is it Cordell Volson, the Bengals rookie who appears to be rising steadily?

Well, don’t rule out a surprise new name in the heat of the battle. According to offensive line coach Frank Pollack, he expects Trey Hill to be in the mix.

Hill took reps behind Volson on Tuesday while Carman was out dealing with an elbow issue.

“I thought he’s done a lot of good things. He’s another guy that’s competing for that left guard spot,” said the Bengals offensive coach. “He’s been valuable for us at center, he’s starting to get some more guards rep.”

According to Pollack, Hill taking reps at left guard isn’t just a consequence of Carman resting. “He’s right there in the mix like anyone else for that left guard spot.”

Asked what he liked about the Bengals’ 2021 sixth-round draft pick, Pollack praised Hill’s physicality, anchor, proactiveness, and growth. The second-year lineman has also taken reps at center, calling for an important role throughout the year.

Things are fluid for Cincinnati’s offensive line as the position remains a legit concern with one month left to go before the regular season. How the team rotates the three players that are in the mix will be the biggest thing to keep an eye on next Sunday when the Bengals play the New York Giants.

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