When the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears meet in August, it will feel like they've seen each other before.

Because they would have.

Broncos coach Vance Joseph revealed last Thursday, the final day of minicamp, that the teams will practice together ahead of their Week 2 preseason contest on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Sports Authority Field.

“I think two is a good thing if you can pull it off," said Joseph. "Those practices are so good because you get a true evaluation of your roster. You watch our guys work out here. After about two weeks of work versus our offense, they kind of figure out the player they’re playing against, they figure out the scheme they’re playing against. You bring a different team in here—different players and different schemes—then you get a true evaluation of your talent. I think having two is awesome if you can pull it off. We’ve got Chicago coming out, I think Week 2 of preseason, so they’re going to work two days against us. I’m looking forward to that because you get a chance to see a different style of offense, different players and you can evaluate your roster. It’s a true evaluation.”

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Last year, for the third straight occasion, the Broncos hooked up with the San Francisco 49ers prior to their exhibition contest, which Denver won going away, 33-14. It was notable as then-rookie head coach Vance Joseph faced the man, Kyle Shanahan, whom he beat out for the job. This was after the Broncos vanquished John Fox's Bears, 24-17, in the preseason opener.

This year, the storylines are a lot less bombastic. Led by new head man Matt Nagy, Chicago is set to see its former wide receivers coach, Zach Azzanni, for the first time in orange and blue, while bringing -- ironically enough -- ex-Broncos receiver Bennie Fowler back to town. Fowler signed a one-year contract with the Bears in free agency.

Being that it's the second preseason game, the Broncos likely won't deploy its starting units for more than a quarter or so. Ergo, ample time will be given to players engaged in roster battles, including backup quarterbacks Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly, and running backs Royce Freeman, De'Angelo Henderson, Phillip Lindsay and David Williams.

It's also an added chance for a reflective Joseph, seemingly on the hot seat following a miserable 2017 campaign, to put it all together with his new, hand-picked coaching staff and roundly improved roster.

“Obviously, you get better with time—time on the job," he said. "What I did better, I’m not sure, but I think everyone’s focused. I’m focused on getting it right. So what I did better, I’m not sure, but it was a good offseason."

Joseph and the Broncos reportedly will begin training camp "around" July 27.