NFL: New England Patriots Minicamp

Head coach Bill Belichick, right, arrives at Patriots mini camp last month in Foxborough, Mass. At left isdefensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

The Patriots are heading to Philadelphia for joint practices this summer.

The Eagles announced two sessions will be held Monday, Aug. 16 and Tuesday Aug. 17 before the two teams meet in their second preseason game Thursday, Aug. 19. New England will also reportedly host the Giants for joint practices in August, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, but those dates haven’t been officially announced.

Though teams couldn’t hold these tandem practices last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bill Belichick has often spoken highly of their value in the past.

“One of the great values of this is the number of quality reps that everybody can get between the game and practice,” Belichick said in 2019. “I think throughout our entire roster we feel very good about the opportunity we’ll have to look at everybody against quality competition. Getting experience to players who don’t have experience, guys that do have experience to do it in a controlled setting where we can get third down, red area, two-minute, and so forth.

“We’ve done it against ourselves, but now we’re seeing it against other players, another team, a different scheme, and I’d say in a little more competitive situation. I think these are all good. It gives us a great opportunity to start to begin the process of seeing an opponent, recognizing the adjustments we need to make, making those adjustments quickly both as a coaching staff and as players and on each unit.”

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