How new training camp policy will impact Patriots

Ryan Hannable
June 03, 2020 - 10:17 am
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Due to COVID-19, NFL teams now have to stay at their team facilities for training camps this summer, according to a memo sent to teams Tuesday.

For teams like the Cowboys, Bills, Panthers and a few more, it means changing their routines as they have practiced off-site, including Dallas going to Oxnard, California. 

This doesn't impact the Patriots as their training camp sessions took place on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium, but it does impact the potential for joint practices, which seemed very likely with the Lions as the two teams are scheduled to play in New England during the preseason.

The memo said the changes are put in place to "limit exposure risks by avoiding the need for clubs to clean and maintain two facilities" and to limit "travel and contact between players on different clubs in the context of joint practices."

Bill Belichick has been a huge fan of the joint sessions over the years and it could have been very beneficial to a player like Jarrett Stidham, who needs all the reps he can get.

“One of the great values of this is the number of quality reps that everybody can get between the game and practice,” Belichick said last summer. “We’ve done it against ourselves, but now we’re seeing it against other players, another team, a different scheme, and I’d say in a little more competitive situation.

“I think these are all good. It gives us a great opportunity to start to begin the process of seeing an opponent, recognizing the adjustments we need to make, making those adjustments quickly both as a coaching staff and as players and on each unit.”

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