Chargers to host Saints for joint practices again


The Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans Saints must have liked practicing with each other so much last summer that the team plan to do it again.

Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune reports that the teams will practice together twice prior to their preseason game and it is expected that these practices, which will be held at the Chargers’ training complex in Costa Mesa, will be open to the public.

The teams practiced with one another last summer before playing a preseason game against each other, a game the Saints won 13-7. The Chargers’ only points came on a 99-yard interception return by Dexter McCoil.

The last regular season meeting between the Saints and Chargers came in October 2016, a game the Saints won 35-34 after capitalizing on a late fumble by Travis Benjamin.

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The Saints have long been a team that looks to practice with other teams in the preseason, having worked with the New England Patriots and Houston Texans in recent years. The Chargers have practiced with the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals over the last couple of seasons.

One of those Chargers-Rams practices featured a bit of a brawl between the two sides.

Of course, welcoming the Saints gives the Chargers a chance to renew acquaintances with former quarterback Drew Brees. But it also provides the Bolts with a good opponent for which to measure itself against, as the Saints are expected to be one of the NFC’s better teams.

Could this be a Super Bowl preview? Now that would be a bold prediction. Perhaps that will show up in the next edition of bold predictions for the Chargers.

The Chargers and Saints will square off in the all important third preseason game at the StubHub Center on August 25.