Bruce Rader On First Day of Redskins Training CampJuly 26th, 2012 at 8:18 pm by Bruce Rader under Sports, Uncategorized
Even though I spent the day here at Redskins Park yesterday, today was the first day of training camp. Things were a little different, they now have an indoor dome like practice facility and Coach Mike Shanahan decided to have the morning practice there. It is air conditioned, and considering temperatures reached 100 degrees today it was nice to get a little break.
Chris Cooley said he didn’t care where they had morning practice, he hates morning practices because it means he has to get up early.
As usual, all anybody was talking about was new rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, even the veterans. But I have never heard any young player get such high marks from his older teamates, and I don’t think these guys are just towing the company line. They really seem to like RG3 and really seem to be impressed with his ability. Still, lets see how he does in a game before we induct him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
And regardless of how good he is, he and the team will only be successful if the offensive line can protect him and if his wide receivers can get open, something neither group was very good at last season.
The defensive players seem to love this, nobody is paying them any attention. But I will tomorrow, keep an eye on the 6pm Sportswrap on WAVY and the FOX 43 Sportswrap at 10:45 when I will talk with DeAngelo Hall and second year defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan about the “D”.
Speaking of DeAngelo, there are now two former Virginia Tech Hokies on the team, Hall and wide reciever Josh Morgan who grew up in Washington, DC. Morgan spent the past four years with the San Francisco 49ers, I have to ask him tomorrow how happy he is to be back home, and playing with one of the hottest young quarterbacks in the league.
And young is an understatement. Coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen have worked hard to make this Redskins team a young team, looking ahead to the future.
More from Redskins Park tomorrow, and as always if you have any questions, email me at Bruce.Rader@wavy.com, or follow me on Twitter, BruceRaderSport.