Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Joint practice rundown of drills
By Field Yates
PHILADELPHIA -- The Patriots and Eagles took the practice fields together for the first of three days on Tuesday, and below is a rundown of the drills they conducted. The practice schedule gives a feel of how the teams approached the joint work, and which periods lent themselves to working against an opposing team.
12:30 p.m.: Walk-through (offense/defense)
12:35 p.m.: Stretching
12:40 p.m.: Individual position group drills
12:50 p.m.: Some walk-through running-game drills (offense and defense split up for this)
After these four periods, the two teams came together and the joint work of the practice commenced.
1 p.m.: One-on-one drills. The wide receivers faced off against the cornerbacks, the linebackers took on the running backs in passing drills, the safeties worked against the tight ends, while the offensive linemen squared off against the defensive linemen in pass-rushing drills.
1:12 p.m.: Special-teams work. The Patriots' kickoff team worked against the Eagles' kickoff-return team
1:16 p.m.: Special-teams work, continued. The Patriots' kickoff-return team worked against the Eagles' kickoff team.
1:20 p.m.: The offensive and defensive linemen squared off in two-on-two pass-rushing drills, while the remaining players took part in seven-on-seven drills.
1:30 p.m.: Special-teams work. The Patriots' punt team worked against the Eagles' punt-return team.
1:36 p.m.: Special-teams work, continued. The Patriots' punt-return team worked against the Eagles' punt team.
1:42 p.m.: 11-on-11 drills began. The Patriots began on defense, and the two teams alternated, taking roughly eight-to-10 reps apiece before switching back. Each offense ran approximately 24-30 plays.
2:08 p.m.: 11-on-11 work, continued. At this point, the tempo picked up a little bit and the two teams moved the football up and down the field, with a less scripted feel to it.
2:32 p.m.: 11-on-11 work, finished. The teams concluded practice with situational 11-on-11 work, focusing on end-of-half and end-of-game situations. This included working in some reps for both the field-goal and field-goal block teams.