OK, so there’s nothing really epic about preseason football. But it’ll be at least a little interesting to see those teams back on the same field for the first time since February.
Potentially adding more intrigue to the situation is that the Eagles and Patriots might be holding joint training camp practices leading up to that exhibition game. Nothing is official (yet), but here’s an interesting note from ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
When I asked him Thursday about the possibility of holding joint practices during training camp, Belichick wasn’t interested in previewing his plans, saying he was focused only on the short term (the team has four more OTAs scheduled for this week, with Thursday’s session open to reporters). But obviously, those are the types of plans that would have to be mapped out well in advance, and the most likely possibilities would be leading into the first two preseason games at home -- against Washington and Philadelphia. Word out of Washington is that, barring an unexpected turn, there are no plans in the works, which would leave the Eagles as the most likely scenario. The Patriots and Eagles getting together again after Super Bowl LII, if it happens, could set a training camp attendance record. If any joint practices come to fruition, a more formal announcement would come in the next week or so.
Back on May 11, Super Bowl winning head coach Doug Pederson said the Eagles didn’t currently have any joint practices scheduled.
Pederson is set to address reporters three times during Eagles minicamp this week so there will be ample opportunity to ask about a status update on the practices. Or maybe the Eagles will make an official announcement before he even gets the chance to confirm it.
The Patriots hosting the team they lost to in the Super Bowl could make for some interesting practices. The Birds should definitely bring the Lombardi Trophy with them to remind everyone that Tom Brady dropped a pass and fumbled the game away in Super Bowl LII.