RICHMOND—The Redskins kicked off their 2013 training camp here today in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd at the Bon Secours Training Center.
“They were cheering like it was a playoff game,” said Alfred Morris.
Virtually all of the players the Redskins anticipate starting the season against the Eagles on Sept. 9 were lined up for the walkthrough. On offense 10 of the 11 starters were taking snaps including wide receiver Pierre Garçon and tight end Fred Davis. Both of them were very limited in OTAs and minicamp.
The one missing starter was, of course, quarterback Robert Griffin III. He will Not participate in any full-team drill, at least not for the time being. Griffin was watching intently, trying his best to deal with fans who were trying to get his attention.
On defense, the only missing probable opening day starter was cornerback Josh Wilson. He was on the PUP list to start camp although he indicated by Twitter that his stay on PUP may be short one.
In Wilson’s absence, top draft pick David Amerson (2nd round) lined up with the first-team defense. Also in the “starting” secondary were cornerback DeAngelo Hall and safeties Brandon Meriweather and rookie Bacarri Rambo. Meriweather appears to be recovered from a torn ACL he suffered in November.
Unseasonably comfortable weather (mid-70's, low humidity, breeze) undoubtedly helped lift the mood of the crowd. After practice, each player went to the crowd and found a kid to escort onto the field and to talk to for a few minutes. Redskins PR said that they would do this after each practice and that the kids will not be selected in advance.