Fans Flock To Redskins Training Camp

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The football season is finally here, as the Redskins opened up training camp Thursday.  

The team is practicing in Central Virginia for the first time, as Washington took the field at the new facility in Richmond.  

The Skins had spent the last decade holding training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn.  

They'll be in Richmond for at least the next eight years.  

The team will have 28 practices throughout the preseason, which are free and open to the public.  

The new Bon Secours Training Center was jam-packed with Redskins fans Thursday.

"It's so freaking awesome," said Lake Monticello resident Sabrina Watson.  "Best thing ever.  Shorter trip.  Less than the 2 1/2 hour trip to go to FedEx Field.  Seriously.  They need to practice here every year."

"I didn't have to leave at five o'clock this morning to get up there on time, I left at one o'clock," said Lake Monticello resident Doug Shiner.  "Half hour, 45 minutes bam! We're here at Redskins training camp, baby!

Robert Griffin III is clearly the star of the show with the Redskins this season, and the fans chanted his name often.

Coach Mike Shanahan confirmed on Thursday what RG3 said on Wednesday: The Redskins' plan is for their star quarterback not to play in any preseason games.

"We're going to try to get him in football shape," says Shanahan.  "What I'd like to be able to do when he's ready is be able to play at game type tempo, when that will be I can't tell you."

The quarterback has recovered enough from his offseason knee surgery to get on the field for most of the drills at training camp, but with RG3 unlikely to see any action during any of the four preseason games, fans will have to get used to seeing a lot of Kirk Cousins under center at this time.  

Cousins is also in his second season with the team.  

He appeared in three games for Washington last season, and made one start.

Cousins says, "I think there's some increased confidence and some increased experience, we have the main core of our team completely back which will help us, but being in new surroundings, it does have a little different feel, but we'll roll with the changes and I expect to have a great training camp."

The Redskins biggest goals are to get their starting quarterback ready for the season, and keep him healthy throughout the season.

Shanahan says, "All I've asked Robert to do is just be as honest with me as he possibly can, and I think Robert sees this year how important being honest with each other is, and if you have that within your organization, then you have a chance to do something special."

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