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Patriots practicing in South Florida days before season opener at Miami – Boston Herald


FOXBORO — The Patriots recently completed their hottest training camp in recent memory, including two joint practices held amid 95-degree temperatures in Las Vegas and several 90-degree days in Foxboro.

But that wasn’t enough for Bill Belichick.

On Thursday, several Patriots players confirmed the team will be flying to South Florida five days before their season opener at Miami next week to better acclimate to the heat and humidity. The team is scheduled to leave Tuesday and hold its first practice on Wednesday.

“It’s going to be great for guys to get acclimated to the heat,” said Pats nose tackle Davon Godchaux, a former Dolphin. “It’s going to be a hot one down there or it’s going to be raining, so it’s very important to get down there early.”

According to reports, the Patriots will be holed up at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, more than an hour’s drive north of the Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium. The Pats have lost four of their last five games at Miami, including last year’s 33-24 defeat in their regular-season finale. Overall, they’ve dropped three of four in the division series.


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