After an unprecedented 2020 NFL season, teams are returning to normalcy this August, which means joint practices will once again be a popular thing this upcoming preseason.
Eric Rowe vs. Kyle Pitts
Tua Tagovailoa vs. Atlanta’s defense
Miami’s offensive line vs. Atlanta’s defensive line
Calvin Ridley vs.
Xavien Howard Byron Jones
The matchups are limitless.
But now, reports have surfaced that the Atlanta Falcons wouldn’t be the only team Brian Flores squad would be practicing against this August. According to Adam Jahns of the Atheltic Chicago, the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears will hold joint practices together at Halas Hall before their August 14th preseason game.
This should be fun. I’m told that the Bears will be hosting the Dolphins for a couple joint practices before their preseason game on Aug. 14. They will be at Halas Hall. The Bears’ plans to practice with the Broncos last year were scrapped because of the pandemic.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) June 28, 2021
This shouldn’t come as that big of a big surprise.
After all, Brian Flores has gone on record as saying he likes the concept of practicing against another team. It brings out the competitive edge in everyone. And with teams only having three preseason games, it makes sense for players and coaches to want to get as many reps as possible this upcoming preseason.
Here’s what Coach Flores said about joint practices back on June 4th, 2021.
“Yeah, there have been some discussions. Nothing truly, truly finalized just yet; but some discussions. We’ll see how this goes. Honestly, we don’t even have – we’re kind of still waiting on some of the final protocols and what we can and can’t do. But yeah, there have been some discussions. I’m always in favor of doing joint practices. I think they bring a lot from a camaraderie standpoint, from a competitive standpoint. I think you can get a lot out of those. I know we did with Tampa a couple of years ago and my experience is you get a lot out of those and it kind of breaks up training camp in a good way, in a positive way.”
There is one negative to all of this, and that is the inevitable “Should the Dolphins have drafted Justin Fields” articles that will surely follow after he completes his first pass in shorts and a t-shirt vs. air.
(In all seriousness, injury is the biggest risk. And I want to say right now that I pray that everyone makes it through training camp fully healthy.)
Having Tua Tagovailoa and Miami’s new-look offense run reps against the Chicago Bears vaunted defense is priceless. As are the valuable reps Justin Fields will get against one of the NFL’s top defenses.
July 27th can’t get here fast enough!
What camp battles are you most looking forward to watching this August? Do you think the Dolphins match up well with the Chicago Bears? What are you most looking forward to this upcoming preseason?
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