May 26, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; The Cincinnati Bengals runs drills during OTAs at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants will hold joint practices together in August. Paul Schwartz from the New York Post made the announcement on Twitter today as the Bengals begin OTAs.
The Giants will be in Cincinnati for their preseason matchup on August 14th and will now join the Bengals on the 11th and 12th to get ready for the regular season.
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Who can forget the Bengals heading to Atlanta to practice with the Falcons ahead of their 2013 preseason match up, in which the young Bengals benefited heavily from the experience and quicker pace of the practice. The Bengals were scheduled to hold a joint practice with the Jets last preseason, but couldn’t make it happen at the last minute.
Joint practices between teams are nothing new anymore, but the scrimmaging and pace of a joint practice causes welcome competition early and gives rookies a better taste of life in the NFL before the regular season. It breaks up the normal, everyday practice and gives them a chance to see how other teams prepare for games.
The Bengals are set to face one of the toughest schedules they have had in the Andy Dalton era facing Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, on top of their difficult regular division schedule. The experience should be welcomed by the new players and should give the coaches a chance to assess players’ development in situations that typically only happen in the regular season. It will also be a great chance to see camp battles play out like the ones at running back, wide receiver, linebacker, and cornerback.
It will be exciting to get the season under way, but we are still a month and a half away from the opening of training camp, which highlights how far we are from September. For now, well have to be satisfied with getting our fix via organized team activities.