BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots have made it a habit to hold joint practices during their preseason slate, but it was a new concept to one of their key offseason additions on Monday.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis had never practiced against another team until Monday, when he and the Patriots took the field with the Washington Redskins at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Virginia. Revis said the joint session was a nice change of pace from practicing against his own teammates, and offered a game-like feel for both teams.
The practices, although in a controlled setting, was as close to getting into game speed as teams can get in training camp.
“It’s always good to practice against other teams,” said Revis. “We’ve been going at it going against our own offense, so it’s good to see a new offense and just kind of gauge our defense and go from there.”
Revis was tasked with the job of covering Washington’s big offseason acquisition, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, on Monday, and had success when covering the three-time Pro Bowler.
“I have a lot of respect for DeSean Jackson. I played against him for a number of years, and he’s one of the best in the league,” said Revis. “He’s fast and crafty, and I have a lot of respect for him. I saw him a lot today and it was good, it was a good practice.”
With both Revis and Brandon Browner added to the secondary, Patriots fans are expecting big things out of the defensive unit. Revis is the first to admit that the unit isn’t where they want to be yet, but they continue to make strides every day in practice.
“We’re getting better every day and improving every day. This is the time in training camp where we get closer,” said Revis. “Everyone is playing at a high level, and we have to continue that high level of play going into the season.”
The Patriots and Redskins will hit the field in full pads again on Tuesday before having a walkthrough on Wednesday. They’ll face off in their preseason opener at FedEx Field on Thursday night.
Tune in to Patriots-Redskins Thursday night at 7:30pm on WBZ-TV and 98.5 The Sports Hub — the flagship stations of the New England Patriots. Pregame coverage begins on 98.5FM at 4:30pm, with three hours of postgame analysis following the game. WBZ-TV gets things started with a special edition of Patriots GameDay at 7pm, following by Patriots 5th Quarter after the game.
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