Mike Zimmer to Return to Bengals’ Training Camp with Vikings

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Feb 25, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mike Zimmer is entering his third season as the Minnesota Vikings head coach but will now have a chance to see his old team in training camp once again.

It was announced during the preseason schedule that the Minnesota Vikings would head to the Queen City in Ohio to take on the Bengals in week one. Now, They are headed in a few days earlier to hold a joint training camp, and for a few former Bengals, he will get to see some familiar faces for the first time in a couple years.

Mike Zimmer, as most Bengals fans know, left the defensive coordinator job in Cincinnati to take over the Minnesota Vikings, as their head coach. Two years after his exit, he will return with his new team to Bengals training camp. He will be coaching against his old players like Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson. All of them who grew under Mike Zimmer.

Terance Newman and Emmanuel Lamur will both be returning to Bengals training camp in different uniforms. Terrance Newman left the Bengals after the 2014 season as a free agent on a one year deal, and then resigned another one year deal after the 2015 season with the Vikings. Emmanuel Lamur  is attempting to win a starting spot in Minnesota after he left in free agency after this past season. 

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Newman and Lamur were both key players in depth and rotational roles. The Bengals however chose to go away from Newman because of age and incoming talent. Lamur left after wanting to play in a starting role and signing with Minnesota with the hopes of doing just that.

Zimmer is still a legend in Cincinnati, with many fans hoping he would have replaced Marvin Lewis before his eventual exit to the Vikings. When the Vikings arrive in Cincinnati, Zimmer, Newman, and Lamur should be  received with open arms for what they helped this Bengals team accomplish. This season, we should not have to worry about what happened between the Cowboys and Rams last year.

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