The New England Patriots had a decent first week of training camp at Gillette Stadium.
Taking snaps against your own team gets repetitive after a while, though, which is why the team headed down to Richmond, Va., to kick off a week of joint practices with the Washington Redskins ahead of Thursday’s preseason matchup.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has made the most of the opportunity, excelling against the Redskins’ secondary in team drills and strengthening his rapport with his wide receiving corps.
After Tuesday’s sesssion, Brady noted that these “competitive situations” that involve game-like action are a great way to develop as a team.
“When you practice against your own defense, you see a lot of the same looks,” Brady said. “What we’re seeing here the last couple days is pretty different than what our defense does, so hopefully it serves us well in the long run.”
Here more from Brady on the benefits of joint practices in the video above.