The Patriots have never been shy about sharing training camp practices with the Saints, and they'll be at it again with coach Sean Payton's team this summer at 9 a.m. on Aug. 9 and 10.
The Patriots will host the Saints for their first preseason game on Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.
Belichick and Payton are no stranger to each other's practices as they've shared work space three times since 2010. They met for joint practices most recently last summer when the two teams practiced at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.
The joint session with the Saints will be New England's first of two weeks of joint-practices. The Patriots and Bears will hold joint sessions at Gillette Stadium in the days leading up to their exhibition matchup on Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.
Joint practices have long been an opportunity for the Patriots to do some work against a relatively unfamiliar opponent. The sessions have also served as an opportunity for the Patriots front office to get a close look at players on other teams.
Two Saints players that squared off against the Patriots during last summer's joint practices eventually made their way to New England: Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was acquired by the Patriots in a mid-season trade last year, and linebacker Ramon Humber was signed as a free agent this offseason.
For a more expansive list of all the players the Patriots have acquired after practicing against them in training camp, head here.