As we mentioned back in June we mentioned that the New York Giants will be coming into Cincinnati for a joint practice with the Bengals before their Friday night match. Well the time has come and now the Bengals will have their first test of 2015.
Tuesday and Wednesday, the Bengals and Marvin Lewis will be hosting joint practices with the New York Giants and Tom Coughlin to prepare not only for the Friday night pre-season opener but also better prepare for the season. Many coaches and fans all over the league are worried about another Texans vs. Redskins fight, but both coach Coughlin and Lewis have stated that fighting will not be tolerated.
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The Bengals have successfully practiced with the Atlanta Falcons two years ago and after failing to get together with the Jets last season, return to joint practice this year with the Giants. The Bengals will look to get themselves ready for the second toughest strength of schedule behind division rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Bengals will not see Victor Cruz as it is reported that he is still working his way back from a torn patellar tendon, but Bengals corners will get a real test with Odell Beckham Jr. and his ability to make plays. Although Eli Manning is known more for his turnovers, he still holds two Super Bowl rings and will give the Bengals a solid start against a playoff winning quarterback.
As for the defense, the Bengals will avoid Jason Pierre-Paul, who is still recovering from the surgery on his finger after a firework exploded in his hand during the Fourth of July. The will see a talented secondary led by Landon Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. They should test Andy Dalton early and we will get a good glimpse of how he has evolved after working with Dr. House for the second full season. It will also give A.J. Green a chance to show his speed in a more game like atmosphere, which he is eager to get back to after his season ended early and injury filled.
The joint practices will be open to the public both days and we will get a good first glimpse at the 2015 Cincinnati Bengals. The only thing missing is the final 53-man roster, but don’t worry that will come soon enough.
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