RICHMOND—Robert Griffin III had a brief conversation with Tom Brady during Monday’s joint practice between the Redskins and the Patriots.
But Griffin said he learned just as much from watching the three-time Super Bowl winner as he did from talking to him.
“I got a chance to talk to Tom and he was saying that he’s been in the same offense for 15 years, which is astounding,” said Griffin, referring to Brady's almost effortless precision in 11-on-11 drills. “That’s amazing. Being able to point guys in. They’ve got to two quick, sudden receivers in [Danny] Amendola and [Julian] Edelman. They have a lot of good pieces there. I will evaluate them, because that’s what quarterbacks do. But at the same time, I’m still focused on what we’re doing as an offense.”
Monday's practice marked the first of three between Washington and New England. During the first 45 minutes of 2 ½ hour practice, the teams worked on separate fields. Once individual drills were completed, the squads came together, with first stringers facing first stringers, second team vs. second team, etc.
When Griffin wasn’t directing the Redskins' offense, he was talking things over with the coaching staff ... and keeping an eye on Brady as the nine time Pro Bowler led an efficient Patriots' attack.
“It was [good] to see them work,” Griffin said. “When they are out there on the field we get to watch them a little bit. But at the same time we’re still trying to discuss what we’re trying to do on offense. So that’s not really the time for us to watch him like we’re at a zoo and trying to figure out things they’re doing.”
After hearing reporters chuckle about his “zoo” comment, Griffin promptly cracked, “That will be a headline tomorrow."
Griffin and Brady didn’t talk for very long, but Griffin said he still came away a little wiser.
“He said this is only my third year, and he said I have a lot of football left in me,” Griffin said. “That’s good coming from a guy like him. I appreciate that. Like I said, hopefully I get a chance to sit down with him if he’s not too busy. We’ll both be watching a lot of film getting ready for tomorrow’s practice.”
The teams will have joint practices on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well, before facing one another in a preseason game Thursday at FedEx Field.