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Patriots Won’t Work With Another Team in a Joint Practice This Summer During the Preseason

Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork are walking to training camp practice today!
(Photo From Patriots.com)

Coming off a Super Bowl appearance in which they lost a tough game to the champion Philadelphia Eagles, the Patriots are still in the hunt to not only make it back to the big game, but this time get the job done again and win it.

Many betting sites predict that the Patriots will be back in the Super Bowl in February, but just like after any Super Bowl loss, the team is looking to do some tweaking to their summer schedule.

That schedule for the first time since 2012 will not include joint practices with another team in the league, something that the team has used to not only get the veterans ready, but also to take a long look at the young players and even the draft picks on the teams’ roster.

The typical routine for the Patriots in the summer is for them to work out with a team sometime between the first and second preseason game, but this year they have decided to go in another direction.

Oddly enough the teams’ second preseason game is a home game in Foxboro against the champion Eagles, and it might be that the team (knowing that the Eagles are a threat again to get to the big game) does not want to show Philly anything that they can use against them down the road should there be a Super Bowl rematch.

It is a stretch, but it is logical knowing that Bill Belichick never likes to show teams much of anything that even six months before the Super Bowl he doesn’t want any film floating around to a team they may face well down the road.

The Patriots first preseason game is another home game, this time against the Washington Redskins, another NFC East team, but one that is not expected to be anywhere near as much of a contender as the Eagles are in 2018.

One interesting note about when that Pats work with a team is that every time they have met another team in camp since 2010, they’ve later taken a chance on an opposing player they saw during those practices.

That chance to scout other teams won’t happen in 2018, but in the mind of Belichick and the coaching staff, it might mean more to work with their own team than with another.


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