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How these joint practices will work

Posted by Albert Breer  July 20, 2010 11:31 AM

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That likely means that when the Saints come North, they and the Patriots' work will have more of a New England feel to it; And when the Patriots go South, they'll probably be going more on what Mike Smith and Co. do in Atlanta.

Carmichael said that the big benefit is to break up the monotony in training camp.

As for the fighting that occurred last year in Houston during a Saints-Texans practice, Carmichael said that the sides try "to limit that as much as possible." But with some 160 highly competitive athletes out there, it can be difficult. And it can also be a good team-builder, in seeing players getting each others' backs.

Anyway, we already know the schedule for the Falcons-Patriots get-together on Aug. 17, and we're still waiting for the layout on the day in Foxborough on the 10th.

But hopefully, this gives you a little bit of an idea on how it all works.

One other cool thing, which was mentioned in the Notes ... Carmichael's dad, Pete Sr., will be a volunteer coach for the Patriots-Saints practice. Pete Sr.'s coached at every level of the game (including at BC during the Flutie years) and is now working as an assistant at Tufts.
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