For the first time in a decade, the Giants will hold joint training camp practices with another NFL team this summer. On Aug. 11 and 12 they will share the field with the Bengals in Cincinnati before facing that same team in the preseason opener on Aug. 14.

The last time the Giants participated in such activities was in 2005 when they practiced with the Jets for a day. That workout ended with a series of fights, skirmishes and brawls that apparently made Tom Coughlin reconsider the entire idea of putting two teams on the same practice field.

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In recent years, though, these joint practices have become more and more popular with coaches. It's easy to see why. It gives players a chance to compete against another team after 10 days or so of training camp. It provides a better measuring stick for the progress that has been made and still needs to be made. And it allows for experimentation to see how opponents might react to certain personnel, play-calling or other twists.

The Cincinnati practices will be the first time the Giants will work away from their home at the Meadowlands since they stopped going to training camp at Albany after the summer of 2012.