Patriots Reportedly Planning Joint Practice Against NFC Contender

The Patriots and Eagles are in talks to host a joint practice this summer.
May 11, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo arrives
May 11, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo arrives / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 NFL schedule hasn’t been released yet, meaning we do not know who the New England Patriots will be playing in the regular season or preseason.

However, we might have a clue about one of the teams that first-year head coach Jerod Mayo and the Patriots will be playing this summer. ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported on Sunday that Mayo and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni have discussed holding a single joint practice in August in Foxborough.

Reiss adds Mayo “prefers” a single joint practice to limit fighting which can happen on the second day.

If the Patriots and Eagles link up for a joint practice this summer, it wouldn’t be the first time these two teams have done it.

The Patriots traveled to Philadelphia in 2021 for two days of joint practices against the Eagles ahead of their preseason matchup later that week. Before 2021, these two teams held a joint practice in Foxborough in 2014.

Former Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was a fan of practicing against other teams during the preseason, and it seems like Mayo will continue that tradition.

Last year, the Patriots held joint practices with the Packers in Green Bay before they squared off against each other at Lambeau Field.

With the Pats working in a lot of young players and a new coaching staff, a joint practice against a veteran squad such as the Eagles could help Mayo see where his team matches up and where they need to improve before the real action begins in September.

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