Planning to take a trip to Richmond for Redskins training camp? Here’s what you'll need to know before merging onto I-95 South.
When: July 30-Aug. 16. Scheduled days off are Aug. 4, Aug. 9 and Aug. 12-14 (The Redskins are at the Browns on Aug. 13). For a complete schedule with practice times, click here. For FAQs and other important details, click here.
Where: 2401 West Leigh Street, Richmond, Va., 23220. The Bon Secours Training Center and practice fields are located behind the Science Museum of Virginia. The team encourages fans to bring lawn chairs and blankets as there is no bleacher seating. Food is available for purchase on site.
Who: All 90 players on the Redskins’ offseason roster will participate. Players and coaches are typically available following for autographs following practice, schedule permitting.
Cost: Admission is free for all walkthroughs and practice sessions. Parking, however, costs $10 at all official city locations. Cash only. Lots open an hour before the first session.
Top 5 storylines: If you’ve been with us all offseason, you’ve probably read our Redskins offseason Q&A series as well as our depth chart series, which can be found here and here. If you’re looking for quick refresher, here are a few things you should keep an eye on:
- Robert Griffin III has been the Redskins’ biggest story since he arrived in Washington four years ago. This year’s camp will be no different. After struggling through a couple of difficult seasons, he showed some signs of progress in June’s minicamp. But the question remains: can Griffin hold off challenges from Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy and enter the season as the unquestioned No. 1? He’ll make his opening argument in Richmond.
- Despite coming off a 4-12 season in Jay Gruden’s first year, there are only a few starting jobs up for grabs. Here are the battles to watch: Preston Smith vs. Trent Murphy at right outside linebacker and Duke Ihenacho and Jeron Johnson at strong safety. Could others emerge? Sure. Can cornerback DeAngelo Hall bounce back from a twice-torn Achilles and take back his starting job from Bashaud Breeland? It’s also possible right guard Spencer Long will be pushed by Josh LeRibeus and/or Arie Kouandjio, while slot receiver Andre Roberts could face a challenge from Jamison Crowder and/or Ryan Grant.
- Although the Redskins haven’t had their first practice yet, there are some injury concerns to monitor. Left tackle Trent Williams (ankle), tight end Jordan Reed (knee), linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (knee) and Hall (Achilles) were non-participants during the offseason. Will their return to the field happen on Day 1 or will it be delayed? We should know the answer later Wednesday when Gruden addresses the media for the first time in over a month.
- For a more detailed look at the storylines and position battles on defense, click here for my preview. Click here for Rich Tandler's up-close look at the offense.
- J.J. Watt and the Texans visit Richmond for three joint practices with the Redskins Aug. 6-8. And they'll do so with HBO's cameras and boom mics in tow because, of course, Houston will be featured on this year's Hard Knocks. More important, the practices will give observers their first good look at the progress (or, perhaps the lack of it) being made by Griffin and the Redskins' defense under first year coordinator Joe Barry.
That’s all for now. I’ve got a two-hour drive to make. See you in Richmond.