The Miami Dolphins are holding their training camp practices at 8 a.m. The New York Jets are going with 8:30 a.m. sessions.
Meanwhile, the Patriots have locked in 1:30 p.m. as the right time for them.
Bill Belichick explained what he likes about the afternoon choice during a 1-on-1 interview on Patriots All-Access.
"We have just one practice a day and that's what time we normally practice in the regular season; a little bit earlier than that," Belichick said on All-Access. "It gives us a chance to go through our meeting schedule in the morning, then practice in the afternoon, then correct our mistakes and go over the film at night. Then the next day, we start all over again and install for the next day. I think it has a good flow to it."
Quarterback Tom Brady explained the process this way: "We meet about it, we walk through it, we talk about it again, and then we come out here and try to execute at it at full speed."
Teams like the Dolphins and Jets flip the schedule, preferring to practice first, and then presumably spending the rest of the day in meetings.
There is no right or wrong answer, but from this perspective, it's interesting how teams take different approaches.