The Patriots traveled to Richmond, VA this week for three joint-practices with the Washington Redskins prior to Thursday night's preseason matchup at FedEx Field. Tom Brady and the offense looked very good throughout the week, in fact, Andy Hart said that the Patriots looked like the far superior team during practice. However, as game day drew closer, reports came out that Brady was scheduled to sit and Ryan Mallett was going to get the start. As Paul Perillo had said on Wednesday, it was Mallett's time to shine and prove that he can be a legitimate starter in the NFL.
Unfortunately for the Patriots fourth-year quarterback, Thursday's game was not the coming out party that everyone was hoping for. New England lost it's first preseason opener in 6 years to the Washington Redskins, 23-6. It was a sloppy game by Bill Belichick's standards and featured more bad things than good. Among the bright spots was the play of rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who completed nine of his thirteen passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.
"New England's second-round draft choice looked better on those four series than he had heretofore in training camp practices," wrote PFW's Erik Scalavino. "Garoppolo's improved performance was the lone bright spot in an otherwise forgettable night for the Patriots."
New England Patriots team photographer David Silverman shares his best photos from the Patriots preseason game versus the Washington Redskins on Thursday, August 7, 2014.
Hear what Garoppolo and others had to say](/node/85446) following the loss and for a more in depth recap from the game, check out Andy Hart's preseason opener blogservations. Also, make sure to watch Jackie Brittain and Scott Zolak's breakdown of the loss.
Beginning next Tuesday, the Patriots will start it's second straight week of joint practices as the Philadelphia Eagles will come to town for two days of practice before Friday's game at Gillette Stadium. For a full schedule of training camp practice times and dates, click here.
Here is a full breakdown of our coverage from this week:
ARTICLES & BLOGS
Patriots re-sign rookie LB Morris
Game Preview: Patriots open pre-season on the road against the Redskins
Belichick Transcript 8/4: 'We're just trying to get better'
Why do we love football?
News Blitz 8/4: White putting pressure on Ridley?
Dancing with the stars: Kraft and Law
Brady rips through the Redskins; Monday notebook
Brady shines, defense dominates and other Patriots camp blogservations from Washington
Ask PFW: How do you feel about "bubble" players?
News Blitz 8/5: Are the Patriots being over-hyped?
Reliable and Ready, and always applying the pressure
Belichick 8/5: 'No other quarterback I'd rather have quarterbacking our team than Brady'
Under the Lights: Patriots fans enjoy a free night of football
Brady Transcript 8/5: "One of the longer practices I can remember"
Revis-Jackson matchup worth watching
Butler getting jobe done at corner; Tues. joint practice notes from Richmond
Patriots offense stays hot in the Richmond heat, defense keeps hitting and other blogservations
News Blitz 8/6: Amendola impressing during joint practices
Mallett ready to shine; Wednesday notebook
Patriots at Redskins Broadcast Information
Kirsch Words: Patriots at Redskins
NFL Sunday Ticket Online - The Latest Update
Report: Mallett to start preseason opener against Redskins
A six-pack of new Patriots to watch for in Washington
This summer, football gets personal with NFL Now
Redskins Postgame Quotes - 8/7/2014
Patriots Postgame Quotes - 8/7/2014
Game Notes: Patriots snap a five-game winning streak in preseason openers
Belichick Postgame Transcript: "Overall, we have a lot of work to do"
Download all the statistics from Patriots-Redskins
Brady sits; RG3 gets a series as Redskins top Patriots
More bad than good in Washington
PFW's blogservations from Patriots preseason opener
News Blitz 8/8: Positives and negatives from last night's game
Samsonite Make Your Case: Backup Plan
Leftover thoughts from Patriots-Redskins
Patriots-Redskins: Belichick finds some bright spots
One-on-one with Jones
Belichick 8/4: Our goal is to be a better team
Patriots tight end Gronkowski did not practice today
RGIII on practicing vs the Patriots "We got to see where we are"
Mayock: "Mallett is a starting quarterback"
One-on-one with Ninkovich
Welcome to Patriots-Redskins joint-practice
Revis, Wilfork speak in Richmond
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden on joint practice with the Patriots
New England Patriots and Washington Redskins joint practice
Fans queue up to see Redskins and Patriots camp practice
Bigger addition Patriots CB Revis or Redskins WR DeSean Jackson?
Belichick on joint practices: 'It gives us a good measurement'
Belichick 8/5: Good day for our football team
Mike Mayock's breakdown of Patriot's receivers
One-on-one with Joe Theismann
Brady: "It's been two fun days"
Patriots offense shines again in Richmond, VA
Brady impressing at Patriots and Redskins joint practice
Edelman issues ice bucket challenge
Behind the scenes with the production crew
One-on-one with Boyce
Spotlight on the tight ends
Highlight: Tyms 26-yard TD
Highlight: Tyms 53-yard reception
Patriots vs. Redskins preseason highlights
Breaking down the loss to the Redskins
Garoppolo, Tyms and more on the loss
Mallett 8/7: We've got a lot of work to do
Belichick 8/7: We weren't very good in any phase
Starters play limited role in Patriots and Redskins preseason opener
Revis reflects on Law's career
Garoppolo's first NFL game
AUDIO & PODCASTS
Training Camp-Cast 8/4: Day one of joint-practices
PFW in Progress 8/5: Analysis direct from practice
Fantasy Football Champs 8/5: Welcome back!
Training Camp-Cast 8/6: Joint practice wrap-up
Dunkin' Donuts Patriots Pregame Social - 8/7/2014
Jonathan Kraft on Patriots Pregame Show - 8/7/2014
Xbox One Patriots Postgame Show - 8/7/2014
Roster Report 8/8: C Jones, Siliga suffer injuries
Belichick 8/8: I think we played competitively
Happy Birthday Tom Brady!
Patriots travel to Washington
Patriots joint practice with Redskins - August 4, 2014
Patriots joint practice with Redskins - August 5, 2014
Patriots joint practice with Redskins - August 6, 2014
Redskins 'Helmet Walk' Tradition at Training Camp
Patriots at Redskins: Preseason Week 1
Silverman's Best: Patriots at Redskins