Redskins’ defensive successes came with eight Patriots starters out

The New England Patriots held out eight starters – including quarterback Tom Brady – in Thursday’s 23-6 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins. In addition, first-string running back Shane Vereen had only one rushing attempt.

During the teams’ joint practices at Richmond, the Patriots clearly were the sharper team in 11-on-11 work. But Patriots Coach Bill Belichick doesn’t care about preseason victories.

“We did what we felt was best for the team, just like we always do,” Belichick said in response to a reporter’s question about his decision to keep many key players on the bench.

Still, Belichick was disappointed with the Patriots’ performance. The Patriots didn’t do “very many things the way we wanted to do them. We weren’t good in any phase of the game. We [put] the ball on the ground and we didn’t play very well on defense.

“We didn’t move the ball well and we were in too many long-yardage situations. We were not good enough in the kicking game. Overall, we have a lot of work to do. That is obvious.”

Putting Brady back in the lineup should help.

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What’s ahead:

The Redskins return to Richmond for an 8:35 a.m. practice on Saturday.

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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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