DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins are going to practice with the Philadelphia Eagles twice in advance of their road preseason game next Thursday.
And Dolphins coach Adam Gase believes using the Eagles practice schedule will be a good change of pace.
“For our guys to have a different sense of what we do compared to what they do,” Gase said. “And it’s nothing but good experience when we do these joint practices.”
Gase said to expect traditional practice drills on Monday and Tuesday. In other words, not much live scrimmaging with tackling to the ground, if at all.
“You are in practice, but there is a game feel to it,” Gase said. “And it’s very competitive. And really, the hardest thing is just to keep everybody focused on what they need to do, in practice, to get better. They do know there are no flags. You’re not going to get ejected from the game, or fined, and that’s where it can get kind of messy and guys get in fights. If you can keep your guys focused on what they need to do, it’s great competition. It’s fun for guys to go against somebody different.”
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick and team president Jonathan Kraft have recently made comments indicating their franchise almost sees more value in the joint practices than preseason games.
New England notably held out many players from a recent preseason game.
“They become a really great place for certain types of competition to take place in a controlled environment that you couldn’t do before in the preseason games,” Kraft told 98.5 The Sports Hub. “Now it allows other players and other situations to play out in the preseason games. These [joint practices] have become a great adjunct to the first few weeks of preseason. I think it makes a big difference. It actually allows you to evaluate your talent in a way you couldn’t before. I think it is a real plus.”
Gase said if a team were to visit South Florida, the Dolphins would likely set up the practice plan.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson and Gase have a good rapport so if he wanted to request some specific drills, he always could. But Gase feels both teams will benefit from the way practice is structured.
“Everybody is working on the same things,” Gase said. “Third week of the preseason you’re working on almost game-planish type stuff. So you’re getting those situations in. So there is nothing missing. If there was something missing I would just ask hey have you guys done this before. Or any interest in working on this? And usually you can make some kind of compromise or change something around. But I mean for what they do it kind of matches up to what they do.”
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