After a week and a half of hitting each other, the Washington Redskins will finally be able to focus their aggression on someone other than their teammates.
The Redskins will host the AFC East champion New England Patriots this week in Richmond beginning Monday for a three-day joint practice session followed by a preseason game, the first for each team, Thursday at FedEx Field.
Virginia alum and Redskins rookie offensive tackle Morgan Moses is looking forward to squaring off with someone else.
"Going out there and competing," Moses said of what he's excited about this week. "One thing these last couple of weeks, we've been hitting each other every day, so being able to hit somebody else is definitely a great release."
"It will be exciting to go against a Tom Brady-led offense," veteran safety Ryan Clark added. "A Belichick-led team. And kind of match yourself against them in practice. Do you practice as hard? Do you practice as smart? Are you as focused on the little things as they are?"
New Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is also looking forward to seeing how his team handles itself against one of the elite franchises in the game.
"The New England Patriots have been a model franchise for a long time. And they've been consistent in what they do, and their approach and winning games," Gruden said. "Anytime you get to practice against somebody like that, I think it's a great benefit to a lot of people. Hopefully Robert (Griffin III) will see the way Tom Brady handles his teammates, handles the huddle and as a leader, a person and player."
The Redskins quarterback said he'll keep his eye on the Hall of Fame-bound Brady to see if he can pick up any pointers to help improve his own game.
"It'll be interesting. To sit here and say I won't be watching Tom Brady to see what he's doing? That'd be a lie. I'll be looking at him," Griffin III explained. "He's been a great quarterback in this league for a long time and done great things. So you always want to talk to those guys and soak up whatever knowledge you can from them."