Two teams are better than one

Bill Belichick, Patriots eager to take part in joint practices with the Eagles

Updated: August 5, 2013, 11:16 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Welcome to what is becoming, in many ways, the new NFL preseason.

Technically, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will square off in their opening exhibition game on Friday at Lincoln Financial Field. But the more productive work for both teams, in the eyes of a growing number of coaches and players, will take place in the days leading up to the game when the teams combine for joint practices.

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork initially ...

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