Patriots to hold joint practices with Saints

The New England Patriots will hold joint training camp practices with the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 in advance of their preseason meeting on Aug. 9 at Gillette Stadium, the teams announced Tuesday.

According to the Saints' official website, the Aug. 8 practice is scheduled as a walk-through.

It marks the second time in three seasons that the two teams will practice together in Foxboro prior to a preseason match-up.

In 2010, the Saints also traveled to New England for joint practices, drawing large crowds for full pads workouts.