The Cincinnati Bengals were adamant before and during Jessie Bates’ franchise tag holdout that he was one of the guys

they were least concerned about when it comes to players training away from the team.

From the sounds of it, Bates proved that idea right while he trained on his own amid his holdout.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor threw out a bit of coachspeak when addressing the topic recently.

“I forget that he missed time to be honest with you,” Taylor said, according to Geoff Hobson of

“I think he did a really good job taking care of himself. We wanted 

to be cautious as we integrated him back into what we were doing.

He’s a got a great understanding of what we’re doing and he’s up to speed 

on any tweaks that we made and we expect him to be out there every down.”