Patriots

Patriots

The New England Patriots are tapping into their network of former Patriots ahead of the 2019 NFL season.

After rumors that the Patriots were going to hold joint practices with the Tennessee Titans during the 2019 preseason, our own Phil Perry confirmed that the team would, in fact, be doing just that.

Of course, the big draw here is that the Titans' current head coach, Mike Vrabel, played for the Patriots for eight years. With the Patriots, Vrabel 48 sacks and forced 13 fumbles while starting 110 games.

Vrabel had previously expressed an interest in practicing with the Patriots, citing his relationship with Bill Belichick as a reason that he would strongly consider scheduling join practices with him.

“Clearly you know all the head coaches, but you have a better relationship with some of the other ones, and Bill is one that I have a better relationship with,” Vrabel said per the Titans' official website. “So it was, “Hey, we’re putting in to play you guys in the preseason. And Bill was like, “Can we come to Nashville and practice?’

“I think that would be a great idea. We practiced against the Patriots when we were in Houston (with the Texans), and I feel like they are a good team to practice against just because of the same expectations, trying to get stuff done, trying to get things accomplished but not fighting or anything.”

The Titans will be a nice team to work out with. They were nearly a playoff team last year and have a couple of veteran quarterbacks with good accuracy and mobility in Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill. They should be able to help test the Patriots' defense and get them ready for the regular season, so choosing them for joint practices was a smart move by Belichick.

 

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