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BEN VOLIN | PRACTICE REPORT

Patriots, Redskins increase physicality level

Running back Stevan Ridley (22) carries the ball. The Patriots’ offensive line dominated the Redskins’ defensive line.

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Running back Stevan Ridley (22) carries the ball. The Patriots’ offensive line dominated the Redskins’ defensive line.

Attendance, please

Physically unable to perform: WR Aaron Dobson, WR Jeremy Gallon.

Non-football injury: DL Dominique Easley, OL Chris Martin.

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Missing: TE Rob Gronkowski, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, RB Brandon Bolden, C Bryan Stork, S Jemea Thomas, LB Cameron Gordon.

Limited/Non-contact: CB Alfonzo Dennard, WR Matthew Slater.

Back from injury (limited): LB Deontae Skinner, RB Roy Finch.

Dress code

Full pads and full contact.

Top plays

 WR Brian Tyms continues to impress. In 1-on-1 drills early in practice, he made an excellent catch on a fly route from Tom Brady, outjumping CB Chase Minnifield and maintaining focus to complete a 50-yard catch, and then unleashing a Ric Flair-like “WOOOO!”

 In 11-on-11 drills, Brady avoided the rush and at the last second unleashed a deep bomb to Kenbrell Thompkins, who outmaneuvered a defender (forcing him to fall to the ground) and hauled in an easy catch for a 60-yard touchdown.

 CB Darrelle Revis had an awesome pass breakup against Pierre Garcon, reacting to Garcon’s cut toward the sideline, leaping across his body, and swatting the ball away with his right hand.

 TE Justin Jones got absolutely jacked up by S Madison Ross on a post down the middle, but held on to the football.

Three up

 Jones and TE D.J. Williams: The two got in a ton of work with the offense with Gronkowski and Hoomanawanui out, and look like decent bets to make the Week 1 roster.

Tyms: The Patriots need height and length at receiver, and Tyms (6 feet 3 inches with long arms) keeps making plays to get noticed. Could be a good option for the practice squad.

 DE Chandler Jones: Not only is he getting in a lot of work as a pass rusher, but it was interesting to see him participate in 7-on-7 drills and cover linebackers.

Three down

 Donta Hightower: Got burned badly by Redskins TE Jordan Reed for a big gain down the post in 11-on-11 drills, and still looks to be a step too slow in coverage.

 Bolden: Not sure what kept him back in Foxborough, but he already looks to be on the roster bubble, and not being able to practice doesn’t help his cause.

 WR Josh Boyce: Hasn’t made much, if any, impact in his second camp and looks like the seventh or eighth-best receiver on the field. Will have a tough time making the team.

Gronk watch

Gronkowski didn’t make the trip to Richmond, and is back in Foxborough working with trainers this week.

Odds and ends

 The teams did special teams work to start and end the practice, but otherwise it was a very, very physical day. The teams went full contact in just about every period of practice.

 We’ll have more on this later, but several Redskins players noted that the Patriots’ cornerbacks, particularly Brandon Browner, were feeling clutchy and grabby during drills and wondered if they’d be able to get away with that during the regular season.

 Bill Belichick spent a chunk of time before practice catching up with Redskins great Joe Theismann. Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall spent the last portion of practice hanging out on the Patriots sideline, chatting mostly with Brady.

 RB Roy Finch, who left Friday night’s practice with an apparent leg injury, was back on the field on Monday. He’s competing for a final roster spot and potentially the kickoff returner role.

 Brady was very efficient with the no-huddle offense on Monday, as were Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, who both caught a ton of passes. Amendola had a really nice fingertip grab in 11-on-11 drills.

 Similarly, Washington’s Reed looks like a star. He was open all practice, and hauled in a really nice catch over the outstretched arms of Revis and Devin McCourty along the sideline. I think Reed is in line for a big season, especially with the Redskins having so many weapons at receiver (DeSean Jackson, Garcon, Andre Roberts).

 Once again, Revis remained at LCB and Browner at RCB. There was no matching up with Jackson or any other receiver. Jackson caught a comeback route against Revis, but Revis had him blanketed most of the time they faced each other. Browner gave up a few short catches, including one to Aldrick Robinson, but no big plays.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday: Practice in Richmond, 1:35 p.m.

Wednesday: Practice in Richmond, 8:45 a.m.

Thursday: Preseason game No. 1 at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Friday: Off day.

Ben Volin can be reached at benjamin.volin@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @benvolin.
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