And as much as the Patriots seem to understand what Freeman is capable of doing, the benefits extend to both teams.
“Having those preseason practices and the game, you can kind of get a sense of personnel, strengths, weaknesses. And they also have the same thing, too,” Ninkovich said. “It was cool to have practices against them, but it is preseason and it’s not like they’re throwing everything at us and we’re throwing everything at them.
“This is a regular season game and this is where it counts.”
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