RICHMOND—Tom Brady was almost surgical as he methodically directed the Patriots’ offense during Monday’s joint practice with the Redskins.
He got the New England offense in and out the huddle quickly. He put perfectly placed passes in the hands of Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. He made adjustments at the line of scrimmage.
In other words, the Redskins got exactly what they wanted: an opportunity to match up in practice against one of the game’s best signal callers.
“That’s why they pay him the big bucks—that’s what’s going through my mind,” linebacker Keenan Robinson. “He’s Tom Brady for a reason. He’s one multiple Super Bowls for a reason. He does a great job with what he does. The coaches trust him, obviously, to make the calls and the plays. He gets a call, he doesn’t like it, he’ll switch to a different look, motion a guy, flex a guy out, make something happen based on whatever he wants to do. So that’s going to help us, our defense seeing that, going against that in practice.”
Robinson, Washington’s ‘Mike’ linebacker, said he was challenged by Brady’s constant adjustments at the line of scrimmage.
“That was fun,” Robinson said. “He was out there checking everything. I’m just out there calling what the coach gave me. I have a little leeway. If I don’t like something, I can change it. But we didn’t do much of that today."
Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan added: “He’s legit, obviously. Quite the understatement there. But their whole offense is in such unison. They don’t even really have to take long in the huddle. They just get out there and run the plays. It’s good to go against that sort of pace.”
Even though Brady got the best of the Redskins’ defense in the first of three practices between the teams this week, veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall was mostly pleased with his unit’s execution.
“We did all right,” Hall said. “There’s definitely room for improvement. We didn’t scout these guys, so we weren’t expecting as many double moves and scramble-drill type plays as they ran. Just the chance to go out there and work our technique against guys we don’t get to see every day. Going against our guys gets a little stagnant at times because we kind of know what they are going to do. So it’s nice to go out there against somebody else and just mix it up.”