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Although Robert Griffin III isn’t sure how much he’ll be able to participate in training camp, the Redskins quarterback said he’s looking forward to experience of going out of town with his teammates for three weeks later this summer.
Griffin said he believes holding camp away from Redskins Park will help the players bond and, more important, focus on football rather than the day-to-day distractions of home life.
“Richmond, I think it’s going to be great,” the quarterback said recently. “I think it’s going be a good time for us to get out, get away from everything and be with the team. It kind of forces you to get to know your teammates a little bit better because you will have no family around.”
Training camp is scheduled to run July 25-Aug. 16 at the new, $10.8 million Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond. It will mark the first time since 2002 that the team has held camp away from its Ashburn, Va., headquarters.
For the duration of camp, the players and coaches will spend almost all of their time at two locations: the training facility or the team’s Richmond area hotel, where they’ll sleep, eat and attend position meetings.
“If you’re focused, you’ll work on the playbook, play some ping-pong or something non-athletic. Ping-pong is not athletic. I’m just sayin’,” added Griffin, whose grandmother, Juley Allen, lives in Richmond. “Something non-athletic so you don’t get in trouble. No basketball or anything like that. I think it is good for the team and I think it’s good for the fans, too.”