RICHMOND—Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and company showed up here today for their joint practice with the Redskins and they all put on a good show for a packed house at Washington’s training facility. There was a lot going on, with eight or 10 activities going on spread across the two main fields plus the drill field. Here is what I observed during practice:
—They went semi live on kickoff coverage with some pretty hard blocking but no tackling.
—I did not have a camera rolling for this but one of Zach Hocker’s kickoffs cleared the crossbar on the fly. That’s a 75-yard field goal.
—They did a lot of the position drills separately, with the Redskins in five groups on one field plus some of the drill field and the Patriots on the other field with some activity on the drill field.
—Here the Patriots’ running back are putting some pop into a sled.
—And here the Redskins linebackers are doing the same.
—Jason Hatcher is still working on rehab. This doesn’t look too strenuous but you can’t always judge how a player is really doing based on a snapshot of one rehab drill.
—In 11 on 11 work, Kirk Cousins hit Aldrick Robinson in stride with a deep pass down the right side. Robinson did not get off to a good start in camp but he has been coming on the last few practices. Consistency has been Robinson’s biggest problem
—In one on one pass bocking drills, Kory Lichtensteiger did a good job with massive nose tackle Vince Wilfork. The Redskins center used leverage and good placement to steer Wilfork off to the side.
—That was pretty good on the part of the Redskins. The worst all day was Adam Gettis doing the old “ole” act with Patriots lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna. The D-lineman blew right by him.
—Back to 11 on 11 action, Cousins continues his sharp performance on the morning with darts to Ryan Grant and Santana Moss.
—Wow, Tom Brady is good (if that was a tweet, the #analysis hashtag would be necessary). He did the hot knife through butter thing on the Redskins’ starting defense. He looks like he’s playing in Week 6, directing traffic ad barking out audibles. I’m not sure if he changed any plays but he wasn’t acting like it was a scrimmage less than two weeks into training camp.
—Ryan Mallett, Brady’s backup, is petty good, too. He was firing accurate passes short and long. My two-minute scouting report is that he will be an NFL starter somewhere in the next couple of years. His contract with the Patriots is up after this season.
—All eyes were on Brady, including those of a 24-year-old who would like to be like him.
RG3 on the field behind NE offense watching Brady work. #RedskinsTalk
— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) August 4, 2014