Redskins kick off training camp in the rain


Robert Griffin III and the Redskins’ 2014 training camp experience got off to a soggy start. (Mike Jones/The Washington Post)

During their first summer in Richmond, the Washington Redskins got lucky when it came to weather, with milder temperatures, only one practice taking place in the rain and just one session completely rained out.

But Thursday morning, as they kicked off training camp 2014, a steady rain fell, and the practice start time was delayed roughly 30 minutes.

The team’s field crew on Wednesday night covered the fields with tarps in attempt to limit the amount of water the natural grass surfaces took on. The fields still were rather soggy, and water gushed off the tarps as workers rolled them off in preparation for practice.

Leading up to the start of practice, a couple hundred fans lined up in the rain at the gate outside the practice area. Many crammed into the large tent set up as the team store until officials let them into the practice area, where they began setting up along the sidelines with rain still falling.

Just before 9 a.m., with the fields cleared, equipment set up and rains lightening, the stretching and special teams portions of practice got underway, officially kicking off the start of camp.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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