While joint summer practices typically don’t involve much hype, this summer’s joint practices between the Rams and Bengals will likely be an exception. Last year’s Super Bowl participants will hold two practices together in Cincinnati prior to their preseason game against one another on Aug. 27. It will be the final preseason game for both teams.
This will be the Bengals’ first joint practice under head coach Zac Taylor, who was an assistant on Sean McVay’s coaching staff in Los Angles prior to coming to Cincinnati in 2019.
“They were open to coming out here. Probably wouldn’t have done it the other way around,” Taylor said of the joint practice, via the Bengals’ website. “It’s a coach I trust and two teams I think will work well together. A lot of these teams get paired up as the season comes to a conclusion. We were two teams left without a dance partner. We just jumped on the opportunity. …We know how they practice, they know how we practice. There are a lot of similarities.”
Ironically, the joint practices will probably be more entertaining than the actual preseason game between the two teams. While his starters may get some time in the preseason game, Taylor said that they will “certainly get work in” during the joint practices. It will be interesting to see how the Bengals’ rebuilt offensive line — which includes free agent signees Alex Cappa, Ted Karras and La’el Collins — fares against Aaron Donald and a Rams pass rush that sacked Joe Burrow seven times in February’s Super Bowl.
“They’ve been great so far. Really taking ownership of what they need to do to understand the offense,” Burrow recently said of his new teammates on the offensive line. “Coming out here and giving everything they have during the OTAs that we’ve having. They’ve been great in the weight room, in the locker room. They’ve been everything that we’ve wanted.”