Local Activities | July 24, 2015
Football fans take heart, it is nearly the start of training camp season! It’s the time of year to start looking forward to game watching parties, tailgating, and trips to the Super Bowl! Both the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens open up their training camps for the rookies on July 22nd, with all veterans having to report by July 29th for the first open practices on July 30th. During training camp, there are many new faces for both teams who hope to help the teams to have winning seasons. Fans can attend practices and special events at training facilities as well as at special events at their respective stadiums. Both teams have some great events lined up for fans for training camp this year!
The 2014 season was not the best for The Washington Redskins with a 4-12 record. But, to look on the bright side, they did improve on their 3-13 2013 record. Head coach, Jay Gruden, had to deal with quarterback injuries and a weaker defense in his first year as coach. This year, with offensive coordinator Bill Callahan and defensive coordinator, Joe Barry and key offseason acquisitions, the Redskins hope to improve on their record.
There will be a lot of pressure on quarterback, Robert Griffin III to return to his 2012 form after missing 7 games during the 2014 season. He and wide receiver DeSean Jackson have been working together during the offseason to build up their connections on the field. First round draft pick, Brandon Scherff will be a sure bet to help the offensive line protect Robert Griffin III. The defense hopes to improve with key off season signings of veterans, Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea and RickyJean Francois. The safety position was high priority during the off season with the addition of Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson. The Redskins have their first pre-season game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland on August 13th. The regular season starts at home on September 13th against the Miami Dolphins.
The Redskins training camp is held at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia. There are 13 training camp practices and sessions that are free and open to fans. Saturday, August 1st is Military Appreciation Day at the camp. The first 100 people showing a valid military ID at the Redskins Salute table will be given VIP passes. There will also be giveaways, raffles and free gifts (while supplies last) There is also a preseason practice and a game against the Houston Texans August 6th to 8th. You can find more information about training camp on the website . Check out the Washington Redskins training camp 2015 schedule for practice time and information.
The Baltimore Ravens had a great offensive season in 2014! They ended the year with a 10-6 record and went to the playoffs, but were defeated in the second round by the New England Patriots. The Ravens scored a franchise record of 409 points and quarterback, Joe Flacco, passed for a career high 27 touchdowns and 3896 yards. The Ravens hold their training camp at Under Armour Performance Center in Owing Mills, Maryland. The training facility includes practice fields, strength-training areas, a full indoor practice field and the corporate headquarters for the team. They recently increased the practice field and parking area so over 1000 people can now attend one of the 13 open training camp sessions. The Ravens will host a nighttime practice session at M&T Stadium on Monday, August 3rd, starting at 7pm. The Baltimore Ravens training camp practice will include post-practice autographs for children, interactive fan events, cheerleader and mascot meet and greets and a laser and fireworks show. The Ravens break their training camp on August 18th when they travel to Philadelphia to train against the Eagles for 3 days. Check out the Baltimore Raven’s training camp schedule and a list of events on their website.
Ravens manager, John Harbaugh and his coaching staff will build upon the successes of the 2014 season with the addition of new offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman. The majority of the team is full of veteran players with some great rookie prospects. The defense, one of the best in football has not allowed a 100 yard rushing game in 28 straight games. The offense, coming off a record year for Joe Flacco, will only improve with the addition of Aldrick Robinson, rookie, Breshad Perriman, as well as tight end, Zach Thompson. The first pre-season game is at home at against the New Orleans Saints. The season opens at Denver on September 13th with the first home game on September 27th against division rivals, Cincinnati Bengals.
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