Thanks to Bill Belichick’s morning Zoom call in Philadelphia, reporters knew to expect an emphasis on red-zone situations in Tuesday’s joint practice between the Patriots and Eagles.
Which is exactly what they and a modest gathering of fans and presumed ‘VIP’s’ got, as the teams devoted much of the first half of their workout to 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 situations inside the 20-yard line, before staging goal-line snaps in the final period of play.
What they also witnessed was a much shorter session than the previous one on Monday. When Pats’ kicker Quinn Nordin followed up the final offensive series with the last of his four field-goal attempts at 11:20 a.m., both coaches summoned their teams around them.
Practice, in essence, was over. Players parted — some to hit the weights, others to catch extra balls fed from the JUGS machines — and everyone else pretty much went on their way out of the Nova Care Complex.
Sticking to the spirit of their day, here are some brief takeaways…