RICHMOND, Va. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New England Patriots training camp:
As players ran end-of-practice sprints following a near three-hour practice in 90-degree temperatures, Bill Belichick kept imploring them to dig deeper. "This is where we win -- fourth quarter!" he told them. The big takeaway: The Patriots' conditioning and mental toughness was tested today, as Tom Brady said he couldn't remember the last time he was part of such a long practice.
For the second day in a row, Redskins players talked about Patriots defensive backs making contact beyond five yards, this time with quarterback Robert Griffin III saying he thought one nice play by cornerback Darrelle Revis in the end zone -- in which he dove to successfully defend a pass to DeSean Jackson with blanket coverage -- would have been flagged. RGIII also said this would have been a good two-day stretch for officials to be present. With the NFL placing a point of emphasis on these penalties in 2014, it will be interesting to see if it shows up in the preseason opener.
It was a good day for first-year Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell, who quarterback Tom Brady noted "made a lot of plays out there." One of them came in the back of the end zone in 7-on-7 red-area drills. LaFell's 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame can benefit the team when the space gets tight, especially if tight end Rob Gronkowski isn't on the field. Gronkowski isn't on this trip, as he's not yet participating in full-team drills.
The Redskins announced a crowd of 21,665 in attendance for the joint practice. It's been a remarkable two days, with fans packing the hillside and both end zones at the Bon Secours Training Center.
The two teams will have a non-padded practice at 8:35 a.m. on Wednesday.