New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 28: New England Patriots players jog on the field during training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 28, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

With the return of preseason games in 2021, another Patriots’ training camp staple could be on its way back – joint practices.

In the past, the Patriots would hold a week of training camp practices alongside one of their preseason opponents in the week leading up to a preseason game. This would allow the coaching staff to evaluate players up against competition and schemes they’re less familiar with.

Last season, COVID cancelled the NFL preseason, which made joint practices unrealistic. This year, the preseason returns, albeit shortened to three games. That may have Bill Belichick and the Patriots even more eager to hold joint practices, given they have one less opportunity to evaluate live reps.

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