Yesterday, I began the long 12 hour drive from Maine to Richmond, VA to attend my first Redskins Training Camp. It did not disappoint. Totals from both the morning walk-through and afternoon practice were around 10,100 people. The atmosphere was awesome to a person who is typically surrounded by New England Patriots fans. I made as many observations as I could while watching both fields and recorded them on twitter. I'm sure I missed some things but I added over 100 new twitter followers based solely on my tweets today so I will list them here in case some of you are not following me. (Sorry it's so late. Wi-Fi at hotel was acting up.)
1st team offense. Cousins, Morris, D. Young, A.Robinson, J. Morgan, T.Williams, Lichtensteiger, Montgomery, Chester, Polombus
Jordan Reed is not wearing a yellow jersey. He's in for walkthrough portion of Fake FG. Dont worry, not swining gate #Redskins
Holy. . . .as soon as i say it, they motion out into the swinging gate. . . .#Redskins
Hall, Amerson, Rambo, Meriweather = 1st team Secondary (A reader then said we should call that secondary H.A.R.M. Thought it was clever.)
2nd team secondary = Crawford, Biggers, Gomes, P.Thomas
J.Wilson is out so next man up. Order doesnt matter yet as everyone will rotate around in the coming weeks.
FWIW, Hall still wearing his #2 for Practice #RedskinsRVA
Orakpo, draped in football accessories, looks amped to be back on the field #RedskinsRVA
Ive been switching between watching O and D but I have yet to see Doughty do anything. If he did, i missed it #RedskinsRVA
Biggers joins 1st team secondary I named (Hall, Amerson, Meriwether, Rambo) to cover the slot in nickel.
Much larger crowd this afternoon #RedskinsRVA
All QBs faking handoffs and rolling out. RG3 looks as smooth as all of them #RedskinsRVA
Like i said, dont read too much into it. Garcon with 1s this time, Robinson with 2s #RedskinsRVA
O vs D now. Kirk in at QB. Defense wins first two snaps #RedskinsRVA
KIRK RUNNING READ OPTION!!!! #RedskinsRVA
Gomes bats away Grossman pass. #RedskinsRVA
Training Camp Rule: Defense will always be ahead of the offense #RedskinsRVA
FWIW, B. Rambo working as a punt protector #RedskinsRVA
RG3 is participating in 7 on 7s. Hall beaten twice in a row on comebacks. #RedskinsRVA
Ive only seen one real tight throw from Pat White. Its something about his weight transfer. He gets nothing off his back foot.
Crowd is starting to heckle Pat White pretty hard.
Deep pass to A.Robinson batted away by Biggers. Good to see Biggers with that speed. #RedskinsRVA
Chris Thompson also praticipating in 7 on 7s. Cousins pass to him off the mark #RedskinsRVA
Too much air under Cousins deep passes #RedskinsRVA
Biggers knocks away another ball from Robinson, both times Biggers was able to get between Robinson and ball #RedskinsRVA
1s vs 1s. Garcon makes great catch off Stretch right play action in front of Amerson #RedskinsRVA
Logan Paulsen getting hips and groin stretched on side. Doesnt look like anything major. #RedskinsRVA
Pat White was sacked my Kimborough. Throws late pass anyway. Picked off by Elmore #RedskinsRVA
White then runs read option as OLB crashes and gets a gain of 10. That wont garner a roster spot. Needs to show more #RedskinsRVA
Coaches yelling at punt team to "Pick up the pace." Crawford and Moss catching most punts #RedskinsRVA
Paulsen back in. Groin looks fine but drops short pass on out route #RedskinsRVA
Dline gets good push and bottles up Oline on stretch play. Mike Shanahan annoyed. Yelling, "JESUS!"
Grossman finds Moss on nice flag route to the sideline #RedskinsRVA
Defense continues to bite down on stretch plays and continues leaving boot action open. Complete pass to N. Paul on sideline #RedskinsRVA
Loud groan from crowd as Grossman unloads deep and Robinson clearly pushes Hall hard in the back to leave himself open for TD #RedskinsRVA
Cousins hits Hankerson on nice In route after read-option Play action
Cousins throws out route which is undercut and picked off by Kehl, Kehl gets stripped returning it to 2 yard line #RedskinsRVA
RG3 picks up the loose ball and runs and the crowd EXPLODES in cheers and now RG3 chants. #RedskinsRVA
And practice has ended. Thank you for following along #RedskinsRVA
FWIW, Pat White and Pierre Garcon are last 2 players on the field. Pat White working on throws while Garcon catches one-handed #RedskinsRVA
That about does it. I have more tweets with pictures on twitter @P_Hazard if you're not already following. Let me know what you think of the observations and if you want me to do a post like this for tomorrow's festivities as I know I've posted it late and it might be redundant because many Redskins writers have already had time to post their observations. I'll leave you with a picture of our grand prize.