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Tom Brady offers RG3 words of encouragement

Robert Griffin III said he and Tom Brady spoke before their practice Monday in Richmond, Va.

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Robert Griffin III said he and Tom Brady spoke before their practice Monday in Richmond, Va.

RICHMOND, Va. — When the Patriots and Redskins suited up for a joint practice on Monday morning, Robert Griffin III was all business. That was not the time to be fraternizing with Tom Brady.

“That’s not really time for us to watch him like we’re at a zoo and try to figure out things that they’re doing,” Griffin said following practice. “I will evaluate them because that’s what quarterbacks do, but at the same time, I’m still focused on what we’re doing as an offense.”

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RG3, though, did make sure to say hello to Brady in the Redskins’ training camp facility before practice, and has nothing but the utmost respect for him. Griffin said Brady gave him some encouraging words about coming back from his knee injury, which hindered him last year in his second NFL season as the Redskins went 3-13.

“I got a chance to talk to Tom. He’s been saying that he’s been in the same offense for 15 years, which is astounding. That’s amazing,” Griffin said. “[He] said this is only my third year, said I have a lot of football left in me, and that’s great coming from a guy like him. I appreciate that. Hopefully I get a chance to sit down with him if he’s not too busy. We’ll both be watching a lot of film and getting ready for tomorrow’s practice. Hopefully I get that chance.”

“It’s enjoyable to come out here and work with a guy that’s been the best for a long time.”

Griffin said he enjoyed the competition Monday between his receivers and Patriots cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, whom he called “two of the best corners in the game.” He especially had nice things to say about Revis, whom he didn’t face in his first two NFL season.

“He’s a good corner,” Revis said. “Quick feet, understands the game, understands concepts, he breaks on things. There’s a couple that he knocked down today, and there’s a couple that we got him on.”

“At the same time, you have to throw at him because you don’t want to just isolate one side of the field. And then the luxury the Pats have is they have Browner on the other side, who is amazing.”

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