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Saints Own Patriots in First Joint Practice

Just three days before the teams’ preseason battle, the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots have come together in a full-pad joint practice at Gillette Stadium.

As both sides practiced against each other throughout drills and a scrimmage, the 17,000 fans that showed up simply watched the Saints steal the spotlight in every single phase of the game.

During the scrimmage, New England’s offense did not impress one bit. Quarterback Tom Brady was intercepted twice and missed on several passes, such as two overthrown balls to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.

As New England’s offense struggled, so did their defense—especially cornerback Kyle Arrington. New Orleans simply picked on Arrington all day as he was lining up in the slot. Wide receiver Lance Moore and tight end Jimmy Graham both got the best of Arrington on numerous occasions  which is obviously not a good sign for the Pats.

One of the few positives that I take out of Tuesday’s practice is that rookie defensive end Chandler Jones came up big as he put constant pressure on Drew Brees. As for the top performer on offense for the Pats, it was backup quarterback Brian Hoyer as he appeared to be very accurate and was sharp in team drills—which will surely be noted as he’s in a battle with Ryan Mallett for the No. 2 spot behind Brady.

Conducting a joint practice is something that many teams should look into as it gives teams the chance to practice against someone other than a teammate lining up opposite of you. As for the Patriots, they might have been outplayed on nearly every facet of the game, but that only means they now know what they have to work on heading towards their preseason debut Thursday night and ultimately Week 1 of 2012.

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