August 20, 2019

Washington Redskins Training Camp Report: Patriots Practice

The Redskins hosted the New England Patriots for the first time before they take the field Thursday night in the teams pre-season opener. First year head coach Jay Gruden stressed using the opportunity to practice against a quality opponent as a learning experience. The Redskins have become familiar with each other, to an extent the offense knows what to expect and the defenses’ “tendencies” and vice-versa. When you bring in 90 new players and coaches it forces players to read and react in more of a game-like situation which is telling for the coaches of both staffs’.

A few players shined against the new competition in Richmond. Bacarri Rambo had a few solid plays in coverage, however, that was never the concern with Rambo, his tackling is what will need to improve greatly in 2014 if he wishes to stick around.

Aldrick Robinson had a few big plays, including a beautiful route on a deep bomb from Kirk Cousins. Rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland had an outstanding play to stop a third down attempt by New England. Breeland was initially beat on a deep ball, but did a nice job of recovering and knocking the ball down. Keenan Robinson also impressed against fresh competition. Robinson has enjoyed a tremendous off-season, and has played extremely fast covering sideline to sideline, which is what makes him so effective. However, it was often asked if Robinson could read and react to a play quick enough to play at this level against a different opponent, and he was up to the task.

The Redskins offense and defense were a bit shaky overall against the Patriots, which was to be expected. New England has been a super bowl contender year in and year out for it feels like forever, whereas the Redskins are trying to bounce back from an awful season in 2013, while trying to gel as a team with many new faces joining the Skins in 2014. Tom Brady Showed that even at 37 he is still an elite player, picking the Redskins defense apart when New England picked up their tempo. Whereas the Redskins offense is still trying to develop chemistry as a whole did not look quite as good as New England (which was to be expected).

I cannot stress enough that the Redskins are a young team, which is on the rise and will take time to reach their full potential. No matter what reports came out of Richmond today you cannot overreact to the reports of the Redskins defense getting beat or the offense not playing well. These two teams are simply in different stages, the Patriots are still contenders as long as number 12 is still slinging the ball around, whereas the Redskins are attempting to work their way to this level.

To back this view up, a Patriots player was quoted saying: “The key to success for Washington? If they can protect RG3, and improve their offensive line. They are going to be real good.” With a new coach and many new faces on the roster, it will take time for the Skins to reach their full potential, however, challenging themselves versus a quality team like New England will only speed that process up.

That’s all for today, have a specific question? Email me at jwbyram@email.msmary.edu or tweet me @Justin_Byram.

About Justin Byram

Justin Byram is the Washington Redskins Page Editor for District Sports Page. Justin started writing about the Redskins with the Maryland Sports Blog and currently contributes to Hogs Haven, Son of Washington, and Pro Player Insiders. You can email him at JustinByramWriting@yahoo.com and follow him on twitter @Justin_Byram.

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