RICHMOND — A crowd that the team announced at more than 25,000 showed up at the Washington Redskins’ training camp facility Saturday for fan appreciation day. That pushed total attendance for the team’s first training camp in Richmond to more than 100,000, according to the Redskins.
Coach Mike Shanahan addressed the crowd before practice and said: “Our experience here in Richmond has been fantastic. 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.”
Quarterback Robert Griffin III received an enthusiastic ovation when he took the field for practice. He acknowledged the cheers, raising his helmet in his left hand. There were loud chants of “RG-3! RG-3!” when the practice ended. A sizable group of people surrounded Griffin as he and other Redskins players signed autographs afterward. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder also took part, signing autographs for some fans not far from where Griffin was standing.
The Redskins moved the rope on one side of their two practice fields and allowed fans to stand on one the fields to get closer to the action.
“You can tell the fans are excited,” Shanahan said after the practice. “I know the players really appreciate the support, how enthusiastic the fans are. It’s been a great week, a great first week. Any time you have your walk-through sessions basically sold-out, full crowds, you hit practice and I think the players really enjoy it. It was nice to have them close to the field today on both sides of the field. It’s something you look forward to.”
Some observations from Saturday’s practice:
● According to the Redskins, approximately 100 fans were treated Saturday for heat-related symptoms and 10 were taken to a hospital. A spokesman said the team had no further information. Another team official said that no one’s condition was thought to be serious.
● Griffin connected on 13 of 17 throws in seven-on-seven passing drills, capping what Shanahan called a good week of practices — albeit with scaled-back participation — for the quarterback in his return from knee surgery. Kirk Cousins went 5 for 6 in Saturday’s seven-on-seven drills.
● A group of NFL game officials were at the Redskins’ practice for a third straight day. Shanahan spoke to referee Gene Steratore while players went through individual drills. Another official pretended to throw a flag for pass interference far down the field during a passing drill. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, standing near the official, jokingly yelled: “You can’t call that [stuff] from there!”
● Place kicker Kai Forbath connected on 6 of 7 attempts during a field goal drill. Forbath’s only miss came on a 59-yard try on which the ball caromed off the right upright. The Redskins don’t have a competition for their field goal kicking job. But fellow kicker John Potter nonetheless had a good day. He, too, connected on 6 of 7 attempts, including a field goal that he made from 63 yards.
● Cornerback DeAngelo Hall remained sidelined by a sprained right ankle and said he doesn’t know when he’ll resume practicing. “It’s just the same,” he said. “It’s just trying to be able to stop the pain. [But] It’s getting a lot better.”
● Fullback Darrel Young missed a second straight day with what Shanahan called a bruise on Young’s leg. Veteran linebacker London Fletcher was given the day off.
● Left tackle Trent Williams participated fully in the practice despite his sprained left wrist. Williams is, in effect, a one-handed player these days. But he still manages to get by. On one play, he reached across with his right hand and shoved linebacker Brian Orakpo to the ground as Orakpo tried to beat Williams on the outside with a speed rush.
● Rookie linebacker Brandon Jenkins had two sacks of quarterback Pat White (or at least what were ruled sacks, given that Jenkins didn’t actually hit the quarterback during a training-camp practice) during the same series in a hurry-up-offense drill. Jenkins also had an offside penalty during that series, though. During the same drill, cornerback Josh Wilson had a goal-line interception of a Rex Grossman pass. Cousins capped the starting offense’s drive during that drill with a touchdown pass to tight end Logan Paulsen with two seconds left on the clock, which had been started at 1:15 with the ball at midfield.
● White, during another drill, had the ball stripped from his hand by safety Jose Gumbs at the end of a scramble.
● Bryan Kehl filled in for Fletcher with the first-team defense. DeJon Gomes was paired regularly with rookie Bacarri Rambo at safety with the starting defense Saturday.
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● 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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