Pats looking forward to joint practices

Updated: August 9, 2010, 11:15 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Usually by the 11th and 12th days of training camp, players are lagging. These are supposed to be the dog days of camp.

But things are different this year for the New England Patriots.

There was a noticeable energy and excitement among players when discussing what will take place Tuesday and Wednesday as the New Orleans Saints come to town for joint practices. The joint practices will lead into the team's preseason opener Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

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