Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Virginia
8:04 AM ET
There’s a calm breeze fighting to cool off the thousands of Patriots and Redskins fans gathered here on this muggy Monday morning.
Anticipations are supreme as excited fans stare at the practice field for the legendary Tom Brady and Washington’s third-year face of the franchise, Robert Griffin III.
Fans heckle and kill the buzz of this cheerful Cowboys fan walking the concourse of humiliation to find his seat. Good luck.
Players are making their way out 12 minutes prior to the official start time for practice (8:35 AMT ET).
Tom Brady spotted.
Both teams are out on the field. Patriot quarterbacks are warming up their arms. Griffin III loafing around. He jogs over to where the Patriots are stretching and shakes Josh Boyce’s hand.
A toddler in Patriots gear next to me is wailing … or cheering for Brady.
Redskins defense donning burgundy jerseys. Offense in white. Quarterbacks in red.
Kai Forbath and rookie Zach Hocker taking turns kicking field goals … from the opposition’s 35-yard line.
Andre Roberts takes the opening kick off to the house; nobody pursues the ball carrier after the whistle blows.
Chris Thompson returns kick offs, fast but again, everyone is going through the motions.
Nick Williams takes a few swings returning.
After special teams workout, both teams disperse and the Patriots defense start with feet drills. They wrap up after they go in and out of the half-round bags. Level of intensity is very high. Redskins are still standing around.
Patriots offense are doing lunges on the far end of the field.
Four minutes later, movement! Redskins defensive backs do lateral and backpedaling drills. #workthosefeet
Linebackers are back and forth using cones and finishing by catching passes. Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Gabe Miller, Adrian Robinson, Everette Brown, and Trent Murphy is a solid linebacking corps in my book. Now they’re doing stack and shed drills.
Darryl Sharpton, Keenan Robinson, Will Compton, Perry Riley Jr., Akeem Jordan, Jeremy Kimbrough, Adam Hayward and Rob Jackson are on another section of the field, doing backpedaling and ballhawking drills. Foot work+Reaction Time are integral factors in a linebacking corps’ success.
I realize I could be Deangelo Hall. He looks like an overgrown 13-year-old.
Wide receivers are aplenty, 11, enough to create a soccer team.
Aldrick Robinson has a tough pill to swallow.
I really don’t like Griffin III’s drop back.
Receivers run routes both ways. Hitches, slants, comebacks and fades. Comebacks were thrown from the shotgun formation. Fades were thrown by Griffin III, Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins from under center.
Griffin III hits Pierre Garcon along the rail. I’m jealous of that spiral and touch.
DeSean Jackson beats Darrelle Revis on a comeback pattern, aggressive and breaks on the ball.
Kirk Cousins throws the first pick of the day. Tavon Wilson on Lee Doss.
Jordan Reed on an out pattern, great pass+catch.
Two incomplete passes in series from Griffin III.
Revis has Jackson’s number. DJax can’t shake him off.
Garcon owns Brandon Browner on a slant pattern.
Santana Moss gets owned by Devin McCourty.
Some guy from the crowd with the “they’ll keep him as a mentor” proclamation. Never heard that one before. …
A. Robinson fries defensive back No. 27 T. Wilson, courtesy of Kaptain Cousins.
Griffin’s passes are sailing high, #PERTURBED.
Lee Doss beats rookie defensive back Justin Green–great ball placement by Kirk Cousins.
11 on 11 dreills. morris takes first carry for a gain of six.
On the flip side:
Brady heaves a perfect pass to a wide open receiver. Who I can’t really see from here but the lesson to be learned here is that the Redskins may blow their assignment.
Griffin III’s pass attempt to DJax sails right … Excellent coverage by Revis. Redskins offensive line is struggling to create holes for Alfred Morris.
Defensively the Patriots let a few deep balls get by them. Robinson burned the secondary for a score. …
The Pats’ O looked sharp? Or are the Redskins O still rusty?
Special teams unit working on squib kicks and surprise onside kick offs. too necessary. Not.
1. DJax vs Revis, Jax short hitch route complete.
2. Moss in the slot runs an inside drag — pass complete.
Kind man says “will you sit down if I give you a chair?
I turn around and there’s at least 40 people standing behind me.
Ted Bolser, Niles Paul both running with the 2s. Led by Kirk Cousins.
RGIII holds ball too long. Completes pass to Garcon on a broken play.
Jordan Reed hauls in a poorly placed ball (behind him).
Learn baby learn…
1st: Morris, Jackson, Griffin III, Reed, Logan Paulsen
2s: Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant, Reed, Moss
Colt McCoy completes a nice pass to Niles Paul — takes 3 seconds to get the ball out of his hands.
McCoy pumps right, double guesses himself and the pass sails. … much better option than backups Rex Grossman and Pat White though from 2013.
11 on 11:
1st pass too high. Brady’s in, 2nd pass to Julian Edelman on an inside drag route. Huge gain. 3rd pass complete to No. 80 Danny Amendola wide open in the flat. 4th pass complete to Edelman again, gets a nice pop from safety Ryan Clark. Fifth completion same pass complete this time to the left side. 5/6 on the opening drive.
Ryan Mallett … Derrick Johnson (rookie) burns Phillip Thomas on an out pattern. Rookie Justin Jones is wide open on a post route and connects between the safeties. Stevan Ridley blazes past the defense gain of 17.
Brady: Kenbrill Thompkins “beats” defense, wide open near the goal line. Brady floats one up for him but the defensive line stopped pursuit after Brady stepped up into the pocket. #PLAYitTHROUGH
Griffin III to Garcon, batted away by Darrelle Revis.
Roy Helu is in, while is trips left. … shotgun Griffin III, Roberts/DJax on his right. … pass complete to Reed on the weak side.
Redskins offense marches down field. Revis locks up Jackson. Revis locks up Garcon. Staring down Griffin III’s drop backs. … so far so OK.
Pass to Reed on a corner route perfect between Revis. Revis on left side.