Gathering perspectives on joint practice

August, 5, 2014
Aug 5
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Gathering some different perspectives on New England Patriots/Washington Redskins joint practice:

Learning valuable lessons. John Keim, who covers Washington for ESPN.com's NFL Nation, has a variety of posts that detail what unfolded on the field. His perspective on the Patriots, and cornerback Brandon Browner holding quite a bit down field, caught the eye.

Teams put on a show. Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch said both teams left the field feeling good about what unfolded, as it was also a chance for Washington to see how another team operates. "Redskins president Bruce Allen watched the Patriots go through their motions, scribbling notes while he watched," Phillips writes.

What is a joint practice? Liz Clarke of The Washington Post captures the scene as more than 20,000 fans attended, noting that this was a throwback feel for Washington. "The joint practice marked a return to the preseasons of old for the Redskins, when the squad, under former coaches George Allen, Joe Gibbs, Norv Turner and others, scrimmaged against Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and the former Houston Oilers midway through camp to break the tedium," Clarke writes.

Patriots a model franchise. Columnist Jason Reid of The Washington Post opines that the Redskins can learn a lot from watching a model franchise like New England.

Hall provides a welcome. Zac Boyer of the Washington Times leads off his piece with cornerback DeAngelo Hall setting an early tone in practice, letting the Patriots know they were on their turf.

New England defense looks ferocious. Jarrett Bell of USA Today spent time with the Patriots in Foxborough and then followed the club to Richmond, and he came away impressed with the defense.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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