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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots and Washington Redskins kick off a week of joint practices on Monday, leading up to their preseason tilt on Thursday night.

The two teams will hold three joint practice sessions at the Redskins’ Bon Secours Training Center, with Monday’s session beginning at 8:35 am. Tuesday’s practice will be held in the afternoon at 1:35 pm, with Wednesday sessions at 8:35 am.

Bill Belichick and Jay Gruden will have their players in full pads on both Monday and Tuesday, followed by a lighter session on Wednesday morning.

“Obviously we’re not game planning for them or anything. We’ll just go down there, do what we do and they’ll do what they do and we’ll kind of figure it out as we go,” Belichick said Friday night after the Patriots practiced in front of season ticket holders at Gillette Stadium. “It will be a good experience for us to work against Coach Gruden’s offense, Coach [Jim] Haslett’s defense and see some different matchups. We’ve seen our guys go against our guys a lot and now we’ll get to see them go against somebody else.”

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III spoke to the media over the weekend, and said he’d love to pick Tom Brady’s brain if given the chance.

“To tell you I won’t be looking at Tom Brady and seeing what he’s doing would be a lie,” Griffin said, according to ESPN.com. “I’ll be looking at him. He won’t be the focus of my attention the entire time he’s here. But he’s been a great quarterback in the league for a long time, so you want to soak up whatever knowledge from him.

“If I get a chance to sit down and talk to him, I’d love to, just to pick his brain,” he continued. “But he’s also still playing quarterback in the NFL. It’s a competitive position, a competitive sport. So I don’t expect him to give me any groundbreaking secrets.”

Over 21,000 fans are expected to attend each of the three days of practice. The practices are open to fans who won a ticket lottery.

When they’re finished with their practices with Washington, the Patriots will return to Foxboro to host joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles next Tuesday and Wednesday leading up to their preseason game at Gillette on August 15. Both joint practice sessions will be open to the public.

This marks the third straight year that the Patriots will participate in multiple joint practices during training camp. In 2012, the Patriots hosted New Orleans and traveled to Tampa Bay and last season, the Patriots practiced with the Eagles in Philadelphia and hosted the Buccaneers the following week.

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