PHILADELPHIA — When the Patriots were in Foxborough for the first 10 days of training camp, it was all about white vs. blue — offense against defense.
Though lining up against the same player over and over can get a little stale, there was still plenty of jawing back and forth, and a couple of shoves here and there, as guys did everything they could to show they belong and whatever possible to make sure their unit won the snap.
But in coming to Philadelphia to face the Eagles, the Patriots got a chance to work on bonding as an entire team, not just an offense or defense or special-teams group.
“It’s very important in the grand scheme of things, and I think that this team’s coming together, been through a lot,” said Matthew Slater. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.