RICHMOND, Va. — Wes Welker left after the 2012 season for Denver. But Tom Brady hasn’t forgotten what he did in his six seasons with the Patriots.

RICHMOND, Va. — In the longest and hottest practice of training camp, the Patriots worked in pads against the Redskins for two hours, 45 minutes before cooling down.

Both teams worked up-tempo offensive drills.

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RICHMOND, Va. — Vince Wilfork almost dismissed the question out of hand.

RICHMOND, Va. — The Patriots and Redskins began their 2 1/2-hour initial scrimmage Monday morning under cloudy skies but by the time the haze burned off, it was a sunny, warm day with temperatures in the upper 70s.

The conditions expect to be much more intense Tuesday as the two teams will scrimmage again in the heat of the mid-afternoon here in Richmond.

RICHMOND, Va. — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was missing from the first joint practice with Washington on Monday morning.

Deontae Skinner passed his physical and was activated off the non-football injury list on Sunday, according to the NFL transaction wire. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound rookie linebacker out of Mississippi State had 64 tackles (33 solo), one sack and an interception past year in 11 games as a collegian.

James Morris has signed a free agent contract with the Patriots, according to the Iowa Press-Citizen.

The Patriots released wide receiver Cole Stanford on Saturday.

FOXBORO -- Intangibles like swagger, intensity and attitude can be difficult to measure, but if early returns are any indication, it appears the 2014 Patriots defense won’t have an issue when it comes to playing with an edge.