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Russini in Richmond: Richmond, Redskins and Rain on Day One

Dianna Russini reports on the start of Redskins training camp



    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, July 24, 2014)

    UPDATE: The Redskins' second practice of the day Thursday has been moved to the convention center due to weather, but it is closed to the general public.

    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, July 24, 2014)

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

    Hey, guys!

    It's R3 here... Redskins, Richmond and rain! What an ugly first training camp practice for first-time head coach Jay Gruden.

    All morning long, the rain came down steadily. There was concern that practice would be moved indoors, but instead the Redskins pushed practice back 30 minutes. That didn't help, though, because it poured through the first hour of practice.

    Ryan Clark started things off by walking around with an umbrella welcoming fans to Richmond. The crowd loved it. He quickly jumped into stretching along with the rest of the team.

    One of the biggest concerns watching practice was how much would this wet surface effect the play. From my vantage point, Robert Griffin III didn't look like he was hesitant at all working through drills and individual work. Remember he isn't wearing a knee brace. I'll ask him how he felt coming up in his press conference.

    Jason Hatcher, who is on the PUP, worked out on the side field and looked great! Coach Gruden expects him to be back on the field with the team soon.

    If you want to know what it feels like out here now? It's a sauna! I'll be back with more this afternoon.


    The knee wasn't a problem. That's what RG3 said about playing in the rain and on the wet field Thursday morning. It's always very risky to play on the wet surface, but first-year head coach Jay Gruden wanted to get this team out on the field.

    Couple thoughts:

    • Andre Roberts says he did not wake up thrilled to see the rain, especially coming from Arizona. He slipped once, but no major problems.

    • Brian Orakpo says it's "so weird" not having veteran London Fletcher, who retired last season, out on the field for cap.

    • Speaking of London, Keenan Robinson will wear the earpiece and call the defenses for the Redskins this season.

    • Couple of bad passes between RG3 and DJax, but Griffin says it's still a work in progress.

    • DeAngelo Hall is the happiest I have ever seen him. He was talking to fans, cheering on teammates, and even stopped by the media tents that had reporters standing in them that covered him at Virginia Tech.

    • RG3's mom sat in the rain on the sidelines.

    • I bought a bucket hat for Jim Vance. He nagged me for six months last year to get him one.

    The team will practice at 4 p.m. See you on News4 at 4, too!