Between the dates of August 4-6, there will be two pro football teams making use of the training facilities in Richmond, VA. The Redskins will be hosting the Patriots for joint training camp in the days leading up to their preseason exhibition match. The practices are in procession to their game that will be held on Aug. 7 at FedEx Field.
This is not the first time the Patriots have trained alongside preseason opponents, doing so last year with the Philadelphia Eagles and others before.
General Manager Bruce Allen seemed very optimistic when speaking about the collaborative project between the two teams.
“Thanks to the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, we have a facility that has the capabilities to host joint practices of this nature where both teams can come together to prepare for the 2014 season,” Allen said.
More so than that, the city of Richmond seems to be jumping with joy now that a professional sports team has set up shop in their historic town — a town that has been without professional sports in the region since the default of the ABA’s Virginia Squires.
“Our state-of-the-art training facility is generating excitement and exposure for Richmond, Virginia even beyond what I envisioned,” Mayor Dwight C. Jones said in the same statement. “Welcoming the New England Patriots to Richmond for practice sessions with the Washington Redskins this summer couldn’t be more thrilling.”
Practice times and more logistical details have yet to be released by the Redskins, but they did announce that the practices would be open to the public and free of charge.
Great to see teams practicing against each other in the offseason. It’s always more conducive to run your sets against a defense that doesn’t know what’s coming, even if it’s only at half-speed. This is a direction that I think we will see more and more teams head in as the summer goes on.