Another early day here at Redskins training camp, Coach Jay Gruden is a big believer to start early and that means everybody on site at 7am and practice begins at 8:30
This year, because of the NFL players contract teams can only have one practice where the players wear pads and actually hit each other. The rest of the day is classroom work and then a walk through at 4:30 in the afternoon when hopefully things cool down.
Of course yesterday a morning and afternoon rainstorm disrupted the schedule a bit.
Was it the rain, or just my imagination, but RG-3 looked to be a little off and the defense looked to be a little sharper as the Washington Redskins officially opened training camp yesterday in a good old fashioned Richmond rain storm.
I guess you could say the football season officially got underway as new Coach Gruden and his staff got a chance to see their team in pads as the team began preperation for their season opener 45 days from now against the Houston Texans.
Quarterback Robert Griffin the third looked a little rusty during his first practice session, and Coach Gruden had this to say about practice and his quarterback.
“It was a little erratic. I think the wet balls – the balls were really wet early on. Didn’t come out of his hands right a couple of times. But I think he’ll be the first to tell you he needs to improve and I’ll be the second to tell you he needs to improve. That’s going to be the case every day, I’m sure of that.”
As for RG3, he had no excuses.
“I think today it’s one of those things you say when things are going wrong as an offense we weren’t as efficient as we wanted to be today all-around, including myself. So, it’s a good thing to have to work through the rain and have to throw those wet footballs and have to catch those wet footballs and have to work on the quarterback/center exchange, all those things. So, you start camp, there’s a lot of excitement. Football is back. And then you have a practice like today where the weather plays a huge factor, and you have to kind of block that out. So, I think today’s practice we got better as a football team just having to go through the rough practice.”
While RG-3 runs the offense, there is no question Alfred Morris is the engine. Since his rookie year in 2012, Morris is one of only two running backs in the NFL — along with Adrian Peterson — who’s rushed for over 2,8 hundred yards.
On he other end of the spectrum, 13 year veteran Santana Moss is in a fight just to make the team. He signed a one year non guaranteed contract after being moved to slot reciever last year.
With big names such as DeShawn Jackson, Pierre Garson and new slot receiver Andre Roberts in the mix, and nine other receivers in camp, the competition is fierce.