Tom Brady relishes the challenge, even in practice


Tom Brady throws at practice this week. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND — Based on the crowd reaction here the past two days, the star power of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is as strong as ever. Even some Washington Redskins fans cheered for the three-time Super Bowl winner, who continued to look sharp in the teams’ joint practice.

In 11-on-11 drills, Brady looked ready to kick off the regular season. But Brady and the Patriots are a long way away from where they need to be, Brady said.

“It’s always challenging out there,” the 2010 NFL most valuable player said. “I don’t think we have everything figured out. [The Redskins] have a great pass rush, which really doesn’t come into play in those team drills that we’re doing.

“I have to drop back, find the open guy and get rid of the ball quickly. It’s usually not very good when I’m holding the ball. I try to get it out as quick as I can and get it to somebody who can actually do something with it. I can’t actually do anything with it other than throw it.”

There’s no doubt about it: The joint practice has worked out well, Brady said.

“These are great opportunities,” he said. “We played against some different defenses, [have] seen some different schemes and coverages, different types of players. It’s all good work for us. You have to take advantage of all of these opportunities you get.

“The practices are limited. You can’t come out and mess around … for a whole practice and lose ground on the rest of the league. No matter who you’re practicing against, whether it’s your team or another team, you have to go out there and get something out of it.”

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What’s ahead:

The Redskins’ lone joint practice with the New England Patriots on Wednesday begins at 8:35 a.m. Here’s our camp guide.

Also from The Post:

Maske: Brady just as driven as ever

Wise: Patriots take Redskins to school

New CBs Revis, Browner to aid Pats’ Super Bowl push

Brady puts on a clinic | Observations from Day 13

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Jason Reid is a sports columnist with the Washington Post. He joined the Post’s Redskins team in 2007 after 15 years covering many beats at the Los Angeles Times.
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