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RICHMOND — Coach Mike Shanahan addressed the crowd at Washington Redskins training camp Saturday on fan appreciation day, saying the team’s stay has been “fantastic” at its first camp here.

“Our experience here in Richmond has been fantastic,” Shanahan said to the fans. “I appreciate your support, your hospitality. We’re looking forward to a great year. I think you’ll be proud of our football team both on and off the football field. We’re gonna give you everything we’ve got, I promise you that, and then some.”

The large crowd began gathering a few hours before Redskins players took the field around 11:30 a.m. for a walk-through. Quarterback Robert Griffin III received a large ovation when he walked to the practice fields, and he acknowledged the crowd by raising his helmet in his left hand.

The Redskins are scheduled to practice at noon and players and coaches are to sign autographs for fans afterward.

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins are off Sunday. Practice resumes Monday at 10 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. If you’re headed to Richmond, check our our guide to training camp for tips on getting autographs, where to park and things to do after the session is over.

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