Patriots, Lions will meet for practice sessions in August

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FOXBORO — In the first press conference of training camp, Bill Belichick revealed that the Patriots will be holding joint practices with the Lions at their training facility in advance of their preseason contest in Detroit on Aug. 25.

“We’ll be working with them,” Belichick confirmed Wednesday morning. “We thought it would be beneficial to our team.”

The exact dates of the practices remain unclear, but it’ll mark the third series of joint practices for the Patriots this summer. New England will also be holding workouts with the Jaguars (in Foxboro) and Texans (in West Virginia) prior to both of those games next month.

It continues a long-running trend for the Patriots, as they have connected with several preseason opponents over the last few years for some practice work in the days leading up their game.