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Patriots, Jaguars hold joint practice at Gillette

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady participates in training camp at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (WJAR)

After nine days of grueling training camp practices for the New England Patriots, the monotony was finally broken up Monday with the Jacksonville Jaguars in town for a joint practice.

"They're really beneficial,” said Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. “Obviously, it's always good to go versus each other as a team, but when you get a new opponent, when you get new looks, new defense, new players, it's always great.”

Malcolm Butler, a defensive back for the team, shared similar sentiments.

"It's great to have another team in here,” Butler said. “It let you know where you are as a player, also. It's different when you were going against someone else instead of your teammates all the time.”

Danny Amendola, a wide receiver, agreed.

“It's good, it's good to hit another color jersey and see what their defense (and) offense is about and see what they want to do, so it's fun," said Amendola.

While a number of players will not be playing in the pre-season opener on Thursday night, the team is using the practices to get them ready for game-like situations on Opening Day.

"It's more of a game-feel and everything,” Gronk said. “It's very beneficial for myself and the whole team, with Amendola adding, “It brings that game-like atmosphere to the practice field and we all get better for it.”

Celtics star Isaiah Thomas was on hand for the latest day of Patriots training camp. and He told NBC 10 News he was there for a good reason.

“I'm just trying to watch greatness and try to figure out how to be great,” Thomas said. “These guys have won championships, so I just want to show my support."

NBC 10's Joe Kayata is at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough where the New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars are holding joint practices Monday and Tuesday.


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