Patriots, Eagles to hold joint practices

Patriots, Eagles to hold joint practices
June 4, 2013, 4:45 pm
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The Patriots and Eagles will be holding joint practices on Aug. 6 and 7 in advance of their Aug. 9 game, the Eagles announced on Tuesday.

The Patriots have held joint practices in the past few seasons – most recently with the Saints, Buccaneers and Falcons – and, with the hiring of FOBB (Friend of Bill Belichick) Chip Kelly, the opportunity presented itself for this season.

Kelly and Belichick have become close over the years and parallels were frequently drawn between the speed of the offense Kelly ran at the University of Oregon and the extreme hurry-up the Patriots have been running with more frequency.

Belichick is happy to call Kelly a friend, but he doesn’t seem to appreciate the notion that he’s been borrowing from Kelly or vice versa.

“Chip is a good friend,” Belichick said at the NFL’s League Meeting in March. “I have a lot of respect for Chip and we’ve had dialogue on a number of occasions, but I would say that from a strategic or a football standpoint, it’s been very, very limited in both directions. We talk football and stuff like that, but as far as us running his offense, and him running our offense and stuff like that, I think that couldn’t be anything further from the way it is here.”

The Patriots-Eagles game is the first of four preseason games this August.