One factor that was constantly cited last season as a possible explanation for a team’s slow start was the lack of a preseason. This season, as the world slowly begins to reopen, preseason will be reinstated, also paving the way for joint practices between teams.
According to a report by ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the Patriots are planning to hold joint sessions with the New York Giants. The Giants are scheduled to play the Patriots in their third and final preseason matchup on Aug. 29. With the expansion of the NFL schedule to 17 games this season, there will only be three preseason games this year.
Reiss reports that both the Giants and Patriots have know their respective schedules for some time now and have been working out the logistics for joint practices.
Though not finalized, Reiss reports that the early plan seems to be that the practices would take place in Foxborough despite the game behind held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Prior to these practices, the Patriots are also reportedly working on setting up joint sessions with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Patriots have known their opponents for some time, and if everything comes together with COVID-19 considerations, joint practices with the Eagles and Giants could be finalized. One possibility discussed, but is not official at this point, is having the Patriots-Giants practices in Foxborough, even though the game will be played in East Rutherford, N.J.
Due to Joe Judge’s history and relationship with the Patriots, these potential preseason joint practices are not surprising. As we know, Judge spent eight seasons in New England as an assistant coach responsible for special teams and, in 2019, wide receivers.
Preseason practice or not, a joint session between these two teams would certainly be interesting to watch.