CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Bengals will host joint practices with the Minnesota Vikings during training camp in August before the two teams meet in their first preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 12.
"Our past experiences with joint practices have been good," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "You put yourself on the field with another team and let the competitive juices flow a little bit. It's great that we could work this out with [Mike Zimmer]."
The practices, taking place on the PBS practice fields, will be free and open to the public on Wednesday, August 10, and Thursday, August 11. It's a chance to see Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who coached the Bengals defense from 2008 to 2013, return to Cincinnati.
"It's good to hit some guys that aren't your teammates," said Bengals Pro Bowl defensive end Carlos Dunlap. "It's a little more competitive and more challenging. It's going to be good to see Zim out there. He was my first defensive coordinator. He laid the foundation for the athlete that I am today."
"It'll be good," said Bengals Pro Bowl cornerback Adam Jones. "I'm quite sure [Zimmer] will be coaching both sides of the ball. He's one of those guys that'll always let you know when you did something wrong. It'll be fun. The object is to get work in against other guys. I know everyone is eager for the challenge."
Along with Zimmer, the Vikings also bring several other former Bengals back to Cincinnati including OT Andre Smith, CB Terence Newman and LB Emmanuel Lamur. Elder grad and Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph will take on his hometown team as well.
"Having such a great relationship with Marvin and the Bengals organization, it makes it a perfect fit for us to practice there," said Zimmer.
This is the fifth straight season the Bengals will hold training camp in downtown Cincinnati beginning in late July.