The Bengals first joint practice with the Giants got off to a shaky start that has been described by many as embarrassing. Our own, Brennen Warner who was in attendance compared the offensive play toward the beginning of practice to that of the Bengals vs Browns game in 2014, and not the one when the Bengals shut out the Browns. The one where the Bengals' offense looked abysmal.
After the practice, Hue Jackson expressed his dissatisfaction with the offense. Via Bengals.com, Jackson said:
"It showed us where we are. We've got a lot of work to do. There was a lot of good things too. The scoring zone was really good. But there were some things I know we can do better and we've got to get it done... There were a couple of times I thought, ‘Wow, what’s going on here?’"
Some of the good he's referring to is how the offense closed out the session: a big Jeremy Hill run and two Andy Dalton to A.J. Green touchdown passes. You can see one of those touchdowns here, and it certainly was an impressive play:
Dalton to Green 35 yd TD. Easily got past his corner and the deep safety. Eifert was wide open down the sea... https://t.co/sdoGklOVsw— Brennen Warner (@BrennenWarner) August 12, 2015
Some of the bad moments of the day were drops, fumbles and high snaps from Russell Bodine, which reportedly got him benched after the third bad snap out of four. Andy Dalton got angry, something we've rarely seen him do. Reportedly, per Coley Harvey of ESPN.com Dalton said, "We can't have that! The snap is the first thing we got to put away" and then after another bad one, screaming out, "Russell!" Bodine later returned to playing with the first team and was seen playing better once he did.
It's actually refreshing to see Dalton getting mad about the incident, but, above all else, it's something that needs to be fixed. What's also important to keep in mind is, this is just practice. Bad snaps, fumbles, and drops are going to happen. And that's OK. The key is to learn from these mistakes in the month between now and the first regular season game, when the Bengals meet the Raiders in Oakland.
Still, Jackson thought the first of the two joint practices between the Bengals and Giants was beneficial. "I know it was good for our guys because you’ve got to measure things in a different light," Jackson said via Bengals.com. "The elementary thing of getting the snap from center, are you kidding me? Those things can’t happen. Those things have reared its ugly head again. I’m about tired of that. I’ve had about enough of that. We’ll get it fixed, but I’m getting tired of it."
Jackson reassured those asking more than once that, "We have time to get it worked out and we will get it worked out."
Day two of the joint practices between the Giants and Bengals should be a good one. You can check out highlights from the practice on Giants.com.