According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t the only team that the New England Patriots have scheduled joint practices for during the upcoming preseason. Like last year, the Philadelphia Eagles and Buccaneers are preseason opponents, but the Pats will now hold joint practices with the Eagles as well as the Bucs.
Reiss tells us that the Patriots and Eagles will have these joint practices on the 6th and 7th of August, prior to the preseason game set for the 9th of the month, which is per the Eagles. Meanwhile, the Patriots and Bucs will have their joint practices set sometime before the 16th, which is when the Bucs and Pats are set to play their preseason matchup.
There seems to be a link between the Patriots and Eagles in Bill Belichick and Chip Kelly, as many will tell you that the Patriots no-huddle offense was inspired by Kelly’s breath-taking results with the Oregon Ducks. Kelly also said he enjoys talking football with Belichick (well, who wouldn’t?) and is a New England native.
I, for one, am interested in how things go at the joint practices with the Eagles, because the whole no-huddle thing is an interesting link. While that angle tends to get overplayed some, there is definitely more than a grain of truth to it all. Kelly has big things planned for the Eagles, and, as someone who used to cover Oregon athletics, I will tell you that Kelly is one heckuva a coach and one interesting person to listen to at press conferences.
Speaking of stuff associated with the media, today is the last media-access OTAs, and I am sure you will hear a ton about Ras-I Dowling and wide receivers like Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola, and Michael Jenkins.
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