The session lasted barely 90 minutes and featured a variety of situations and personnel groupings. Both teams worked their offenses and defenses as well as special teams, with the latter getting some work in various scenarios. Onside kicks, recoveries and late-game fielding of kicks were all addressed, and the teams left the field with the belief that they are ready for Thursday night's preseason opener at FedEx Field.
The two backups ran the Patriots offense against the Washington defense, methodically running plays at less than half speed as the teams moved the ball the length of the field. Mallett, who has been the hot topic in Richmond following some glowing comments about his play by NFL Network's Mike Mayock, said he's looking forward to getting in some game action.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to play a lot," Mallett said. "I haven't gotten too many chances during the regular season obviously because I have a pretty good guy in front of me. Anytime I get to play I look forward to it."
"For me I'd have to say yeah. I feel really good right now," Mallett said. "I'm seeing stuff pretty well. It's definitely slowed down. It happens over time and I'm happy it's finally doing that."
Mallett is expected to take the lion's share of reps against the Redskins tomorrow night. In year's past
When Mallett leaves it should provide an opportunity for rookie Jimmy Garoppolo to make his NFL debut. In fact it won't just be his first NFL action but it will mark the first time he's ever attended a game in person.
"It's the thing we've been working toward and we have to go out and take advantage of the opportunities," Garoppolo said. "I'm trying to go out there and perform my best and see what happens. I have the family coming so I'm pretty excited to get them out there and hopefully put on a show for them."
The second-round pick has struggled at times throughout camp but says he's excited to get going and understands the growing pains are part of NFL life – especially for a young quarterback.
"I'm getting more and more comfortable [with the offense] each day," he said. "It's a day-by-day thing. I'm a rookie and it's a process for me and I know that. Each day I have to keep progressing in the right direction and I'll be all right."
The Patriots worked through some situations early in practice and when Brady lofted a bomb toward the end zone it was Collins who was lined up as the deepest defender. That's a job that's been held by the likes of Randy Moss in the past, so it gives some perspective on the type of athleticism the linebacker possesses.
On one of the reps, Brady's pass came down around the 3-yard line and
In addition to those two, 12 others did not to part in the practice:
It's always interesting to listen to opposing teams gush about working with Brady and Gruden was no exception. On Tuesday he offered this glowing tribute of the Patriots quarterback: "It's fun to watch him," Gruden said. "He's poetry in motion and obviously a Hall of Famer and the best of all-time, so when you get a chance to watch him in a setting like this, it's a great learning experience for everybody."
The Patriots offensive line featured a couple of changes as
Defensively the Patriots continue to line up in a variety of 3-4 looks with