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Giants, Bengals will hold joint practices

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This will be something new for Giants.

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Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has in recent years resisted the idea of holding joint training camp practices with another NFL team. That will change this year when the Giants and Cincinnati Bengals practice together before their Aug. 14 preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium.

The news was first reported on the Bengals official team web site, and details are apparently still being worked out. The Daily News reported that a single joint practice would be held. Art Stapleton of The Record reported that the teams would likely practice together twice before playing.

With the Collective Bargaining Agreement limiting how often and how physically teams can practice, NFL teams are increasingly relying on these joint practices to ramp up the intensity of workouts.

Why he has decided to give the joint practices a try is certain to be one of the questions posed to Coughlin Wednesday when the media has access to Coughlin as Phase Three of the Giants offseason program begins.