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Russini in Richmond: RG3 Working to Find Chemistry With Djax

Dianna Russini reports on Redskins training camp

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The Redskins didn't care much about the rain as they got down to their first practice of the season at training camp in Richmond. (Published Thursday, Jul 24, 2014)

    News4's Dianna Russini is in Richmond throughout Redskins Training Camp, and sending regular reports. Here's today's news from camp:


    Redskins Training Camp Has a Soggy Start

    [DC] Redskins Training Camp Has a Soggy Start
    Football is officially back, but fans at the training camp in Richmond needed umbrellas during the beginning of the day. (Published Thursday, Jul 24, 2014)

    Happy Friday! It's Day 2 of Redskins Training Camp. It's a beautiful day here in Richmond; not a cloud in the sky. The ground is still wet from Thursday's storms, although the field held up well and didn't seem to affect any of the plays this morning.

    On the sidelines today is Jay Gruden's older brother, Jon, a Super Bowl champ and former head coach of two NFL teams. He's here to attend a high school football training camp. I'll try to talk to him about what he is seeing after the first session today. The Grudens' father is also on the sideline.

    The team has been starting off practice with stretching and then they go right into special teams work.

    Once the team broke into individual training, I watched the tight ends, specifically Jordan Reed working on his run blocking. Reed is considered to be one the top offensive players on this team if he can say healthy. Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay once told me if Jordan Reed could sleep in his football gear, he would. That's how much he loves this game.

    RG3 had a rough day yesterday completing passes to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but today he's seemed to settle in the pocket more comfortably.

    While he looked better, he's finding chemistry with DJax. He had DJax on a roll-out pass but he overthrew it. This is a work in progress.

    Head Coach Jay Gruden is the most active coach I have ever covered. He jumps in plays and covers receivers when they are working on their routes. He is a former QB who we can tell loves to be on the field. This is a different style then the Shanahan era, but let's see if it works!

    Couple thoughts:

    • Pierre Garcon looked sharp catching some passes with tight coverage.

    • Richard Crawford jammed his finger and looked like he was in pain. But a few plays later, he made a stellar catch. Guess he's OK!

    • Running back Silas Redd stood out in practice, tearing through the defense.

    • RG3's mother is wearing the coolest umbrella hat. I'll post a picture later.

    • A report came out that Mike Shanahan wants to return to coaching.... I'm all for that!

    After the first session, I'll be talking to RG3, Andre Roberts, DJax, Ryan Kerrigan, and Santana Moss. Will keep you posted.