B-Mitch says RG3 'doesn't need preseason'
If you’re planning a trip to Redskins training camp, which begins Thursday in Richmond, here’s what you’ll need to know before heading south on I-95.
Where: 2401 West Leigh Street, Richmond, Va. 23220. Facility and practice fields are located behind the Science Museum of Virginia.
Who: All 90 players on the Redskins’ roster. Players and coaches will be available for autographs and pictures after practice, schedules permitting.
Cost: Admission is free for all practice sessions, but parking will cost $5 - $7 depending on the lot.
If you’ve been following our coverage this offseason, you’re already up to date on the Redskins’ 2013 opponents (Enemy intel series), the depth chart and looming position battles (Depth chart preview series) and the top issues facing the team (20 questions series).
If you’re new, here’s a quick primer:
- Robert Griffin III has been cleared for practice, but concedes the plan is for Coach Mike Shanahan to “ease” him back in. That probably means no 11-on-11 drills, at least not right away. It could also indicate that he’ll get a day off now and again. Right now, though, everyone’s eager to see exactly how Shanahan will handle his star quarterback.
- RG3 isn’t the only key player coming off injury to keep a close eye on. Here are some others: TE Fred Davis (Achilles' tendon), TE Jordan Reed (knee/quad), WR Pierre Garçon (shoulder/foot), RB Chris Thompson (ACL), RB Roy Helu (foot), LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral), LB Keenan Robinson (pectoral), S Brandon Meriweather (ACL), Josh Wilson (shoulder). Meantime, DE Adam Carriker (quad) has said he expects to begin camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Will he be joined by anyone?
- While there will be intense position battles all over the place, the two competitions to keep close tabs on are at running back and safety. At running back, we all know Alfred Morris is the No. 1. But who will win the other jobs, and how many tailbacks with Shanahan keep? Veteran holdovers Evan Royster and Helu? Rookies Thompson and Jawan Jamison? As for the battle at safety, it’s expected that Meriweather will secure one job, provided his knee is 100-percent. But who claims the other spot? Veteran Reed Doughty isn’t going to just hand over a job to either one of the rookies. If Phillip Thomas and/Bacarri Rambo want it, they’re going to have to take it.
That’s it for now. Next stop … Richmond.