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Chris Foerster

Washington eager to see new faces as Pats come to town

RICHMOND, Va. — Since suiting up for training camp July 23, the Washington Redskins have practiced in shells and in full pads. They've held walk-throughs and collided in live drills. They've worked on fundamentals and practice plays scripted for the red zone. They've squared off one-on-one, seven-on-seven and 11-on-11.

Now comes an opponent more authentic than a tackling sled and quicker to stoke competitive fires than a teammate.

Coach Jay Gruden's hope is that three days of joint practice with the New England Patriots heading into the teams' preseason opener Thursday at FedEx Field will challenge his players anew while giving his coaching staff another means of...