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8/6 Patriots vs Redskins: Joint Practice Notes

The Patriots matched up with the Redskins one final time before their Thursday game. Here's what we learned.

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The Patriots and Redskins tied up their last joint practice before tomorrow night's game (7:30pm EST). Here are a few takeaways:

Injuries: DT Sealver Siliga (hand) and TE D.J. Williams (leg) were held out due to their injuries they sustained yesterday. Hopefully both can return soon. Desean Jackson of Washington tweaked his ankle and didn't practice, which likely means that the team's top two receivers- Jackson and Pierre Garcon- will likely be limited, if they even play in tomorrow's game.

WBZ's Dan Roche noted that Thursday's game will be the first time rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will have ever attended an NFL game. Which is crazy, but good for the youngster.

Washington is only expected to play its starters for one or two drives tomorrow, so expect the Patriots to follow suit. The majority of the walkthrough was for the benefit of the younger players expected to play tomorrow. The teams need to get some game footage on the players at the back-end of the roster prior to making cuts on August 26th, where the team trims down to 75 players.

Note that August 30th is when the final cut to 53 players occurs, so there's a rapid turnaround.

Tight ends received additional focus, even though it was just a walkthrough day, since Williams wasn't on the field. The team will have additional focus on the two rookie tight ends on the roster, Justin Jones and Asa Watson, for tomorrow's game.

Multiple reports show Danny Amendola as a standout for this week, with the expectation that he'll be second on the depth chart behind Julian EdelmanBen Volin of the Boston Globe says there's still some work needed with communication between Amendola and Tom Brady.