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The New England Patriots preseason kicks off tonight against the Washington Redskins.

While everyone is excited to get the season rolling, running back Jeremy Hill sees major importance in the upcoming preseason games.

What he means is that he can’t really go “all out” in training camp practices. In these, defenders hit but don’t tackle; and to prevent injuries, teams typically limit the amount of contact. So, getting into the preseason allows Hill and the rest of the team get a better idea of game-like scenarios and get ready for the season.

“You can get 30 balls out here, but it’s very different than 30 carries or 30 touches in a game,” Hill said. “Obviously, there’s not going to be that many, but just getting the touches in the game and it’s a lot different. Get those touches, get those run reads and also get into blocking and cutting. All the stuff we can’t do out here.”

Practices are highly important, but getting into “game shape,” like Hill says, requires a whole new level of competition. He and the Patriots will be able to show off their skills and capabilities tonight against the Redskins at 7:30pm at Gillette Stadium.

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Megan Carnahan 8/09/2018 08:25:00 AM Edit
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