- The Washington Times - Monday, May 19, 2014

The Washington Redskins and New England Patriots will hold three days of joint practices in Richmond this August leading up to their preseason game on Aug. 7.

Those practices, which will take place from Aug. 4 through Aug. 6, will be open to the public. The teams will then play each other at FedEx Field in Landover on Aug. 7.

“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,” general manager Bruce Allen said in a statement released by the Redskins.

Joint practices are not uncommon during training camp, though Mike Shanahan did not hold any during his four years coaching the Redskins. First-year coach Jay Gruden was the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals last season when they took part in a joint practice in Georgia with the Atlanta Falcons, while the Patriots held joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last August.

The Redskins are currently scheduled to open training camp, their second in Richmond, on July 23.

“Who would have guessed that we’d have two NFL teams playing football right in the center of our city,” Richmond mayor Dwight C. Jones said in the statement. “Our state-of-the-art training facility is generating excitement and exposure for Richmond, Virginia even beyond what I envisioned. Welcoming the New England Patriots to Richmond for practice sessions with the Washington Redskins this summer couldn’t be more thrilling.”