RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – NFL teams are playing their first pre-season games this week, but the big story Monday was in Richmond, where the Redskins and Patriots began three-days of joint practices.
There was heat and humidity, but that didn’t stop the more than 20,000 fans who showed up to watch as the Washington Redskins welcomed the New England Patriots for the first time in team history.
“When we knew New England was coming to town, we knew they would come out. They wanted to see a good show, a good practice, and it was fun. It was fun for us,” Redskins Cornerback DeAngelo Hall said.
The Bon Secours Redskins training facility was absolutely filled Monday morning, all to see RG3 and the Redskins practice alongside Tom Brady and the Patriots. It was certainly a welcome change for Washington, who got to see and hit another jersey for the first time since the end of last season.
“When you’ve been training all off-season and all camp with the rest of your teammates, you always want to go up against somebody else and get that competitive nature to come in,” said Redskins Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson.
“It’s fun. Football’s a fun game, and anytime you’re in training camp and you have to go up against your defense every single day, it can get monotonous,” said Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III. “So, for coach to break it up, and it was my first experience and a lot of guys on the team’s first experience with the joint practice, I think it was enjoyable.”
And the fans seem to agree.