Six months, a change of venue and a new group of rookies did wonders for the New England Patriots this afternoon.
Looking nothing like the team last seen in the Super Bowl, the Patriots' rookies and free agents defeated the Washington Redskins' rookies and free agents, 34-26, in a controlled scrimmage before 5,500 at Cumberland Valley High School.
Several individual performances notwithstanding, Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs said his team's play "concerns" him, especially on the lines.
"I didn't see a lot of good from a team standpoint, either on offense or defense," he said. "We're starting a long trek here, and this is just the beginning . . . But the Patriots definitely had the day."
Jay Schroeder did not play, but the Redskins' other three quarterbacks did.
Babe Laufenberg, who suffered a mild elbow strain to his throwing arm, was not particularly effective, completing seven of 21 passes for 82 yards and no touchdowns. In an earlier seven-on-seven drill, he threw for 126 yards on 13 of 19 completions.
Rookie Mark Rypien continued to play well. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns and added another 111 yards in the drill when he was nine for 13.
"It seems when he gets the opportunities and the pressure increases, he has responded," Gibbs said of the sixth-round draft choice from Washington State.
Free agent Stan Yagiello did not play in the scrimmage but was six for 10 for 100 yards in the drill.
Running back Lionel Vital, who spent last season on injured reserve, led the Redskins with 39 yards rushing on seven carries. Rick Badanjek, a rookie from Maryland, gained 27 yards on five carries.
Redskins free-agent tight end Marvin Williams led all receivers with six catches for 55 yards.
All Redskins veterans were expected to report to training camp tonight, except for defensive end Dexter Manley, who is in the midst of a contract dispute.