RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Redskins training camp officially began today with the team practicing in a summer rainstorm. The weather got so bad, coach Jay Gruden cancelled the afternoon practice session.
There are a lot of story lines for this years version of the Redskins. For one, how will Robert Griffin III respond following last years 3-13 season? He seemed rusty today, and coach Gruden says RG3 must improve.
“Robert was a little erratic,” Gruden said. “The balls were really wet early on, it didn’t come out of his hands right a couple of times. I think he will be the first to tell you he needs to improve and I’ll be the second person to tell you he needs to improve.”
While Griffin runs the offense, there is no question Alfred Morris is the engine. Since his rookie year in
2012, Morris is one of only two running backs in the NFL — along with Adrian Peterson — who has rushed for over 2,800 yards.
“The running game is always important,” Morris said. “At the end of the day if you don’t have a ground game then you don’t have any game. That’s how I take it, but I may be a little biased.”
Thirteen-year veteran Santana Moss is in a fight just to make the team. He signed a one-year non guaranteed contract after being moved to slot receiver last year.
With big names such as DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and new slot receiver Andre Roberts in the mix, and
nine other receivers in camp, the competition is fierce.
“We’ve been having competitions ever since I’ve been here,” Moss said. “You have to understand everyone in this league is great, there’s only a few that can make it at this level, if you’re one of those guys you have to be a special guy.”
That special guy this year is former Eagles star DeSean Jackson, who is starting to feel comfortable as a Redskin.
“I feel good, every year I come into training camp I feel good,” Jackson said. “I’m healthy and I just want everyone to come out and work together and work as one”