New York Giants head coach Joe Judge confirmed Thursday that his team will perform joint drills with the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots during training camp.
Judge said the two common practices with the Browns are almost unfinished, while minor details of common practices with the Patriots are still being ironed out.
“I’m a big fan of (common practice),” the judge told reporters. “I think this is a good time to get your team in training camp to break the monotony, get some competition against the friendly opponent in both programs, Browns and Patriots.
“I have good relationships with both coaches, known them both for a lasting period.”
The two joint drills against the Browns will be held in Cleveland, but when it comes to the Patriots, things are a little more scary.
Currently, the plan is to conduct these joint drills in Foxborough despite the Giants-Patriots Week 3 preseason game being played in East Rutherford at MetLife Stadium.
Ultimately, for Judge and the Giants, it’s about giving players every opportunity to improve and prepare for live action in the regular season.
“I think one of the things you try to find in this is not only the teams that will naturally schematically help you with some of the things you want to see throughout the season, but most importantly “You want to make sure you go out there and you have good quality practice,” the judge added.
“It helps you to be exposed to different schemes that you may not see from your own team without having to draw cards or on scout teams. It’s actually a way to really take some of your players at a particular time.
“You kind of ramp them up and build it the first few weeks of training camp. And so when you go ahead and train with another team, you have to reckon with the fact that it is no longer the offense that always goes on the defensive – what happens is that our offense is on the field and our defense is on the sidelines. and make adjustments, rest, talk to coaches and then vice versa. So it actually breaks it up a bit for them. ”
These are probably not a one-and-done common practice either. Judge stated that the Giants and Patriots are likely to make common practice an annual tradition of rotating places.
“That’s the plan right now,” the judge said. “With the change in schedule before the season, both organizations thought it would be a good idea to be able to exchange a little bit year after year.”
So far, there has been no word on potential joint practices between the Giants and the New York Jets, but do not be so quick to rule them out. Logistically, they would be much easier to implement for both teams as they share a stadium.