Bengals RB Joe Mixon

There will be many new faces on the Bengals’ offense, though Joe Mixon‘s place in it is unquestioned. The running back, who is in extension talks with Cincy, has impressed offensive coordinator Brian Callahan early in training camp.

“He’s the Energizer bunny. He’s jumping up and down and running his mouth and having fun playing football,” Callahan said. “I mean, he loves playing football. He loves his teammates. I think he’s everything that you want in that regard. He goes out and does his job. He plays hard. He practices hard. He puts the work in mentally and physically.”

Mixon could be the centerpiece of the offense, someone who could touch the ball “20 plus times,” Callahan added.

“He gets better as he gets more carries. As the season went along we got better getting him more touches,” Callahan said. “When he’s touching the ball 20 plus times, the total at the end of the game means his numbers are usually pretty good. He’s been very effective as far as just pure touches. Carries and catches.”

The Bengals are ushering the Joe Burrow-era, though they probably want to have a conservative gameplan as their prized rookie gets acclimated to the NFL.

 “(Mixon is) kind of been the heartbeat of our offense here, especially last year, but the last couple of years I would say, without being here, just watching from afar. Between him and A.J., those guys have been the driving forces behind the energy of the offense,” Callahan said.