Practice report: Day 1 in Philly

August, 6, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Patriots joined the Eagles for the first of three practices on Tuesday, which was held across the four fields at the NovaCare Complex, located within blocks of Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles play their home games.

The two teams worked on their own for certain portions of practice, opening the roughly two-hour session with their customary stretching and individual position group drills.

They eventually shared the fields, working through a number of periods together, including 7-on-7, 11-on-11 and other drills for the offensive and defensive linemen. The teams also repped special-teams drills together, focusing on both punts and kickoffs (plus returns for each).

Head coach Bill Belichick mentioned during his pre-practice remarks that working with a team other than your own helps not only the young players, but veterans and coaches as well. The spirited atmosphere appeared to lend itself to a productive day for both teams.

The following Patriots were not in attendance: receivers Michael Jenkins and Mark Harrison, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, safety Nate Ebner, offensive linemen Dan Connolly, Marcus Cannon, Tyronne Green and Kevin Haslam, tight end Rob Gronkowski and defensive linemen Armond Armstead and Jermaine Cunningham.

The teams did not tackle during the practice, though they did do several drills to a "thud" (defenders wrapping up offensive players).

One scuffle took place between Patriots rookie receiver Aaron Dobson and Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, though it was quickly diffused.

Quarterback Tom Brady had one of his best days of camp, starring during both 7-on-7 and team drills.

The teams will practice together again on Wednesday.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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