Washington Redskins 2012 Training Camp Preview

REPORT DATES: July 16th (rookies), July 25th (veterans)

SITE: Redskins Park, Ashburn, VA

CAMP OBJECTIVES: The Redskins were able to accomplish their No. 1 goal heading into training camp with last week's signing of Robert Griffin III, ensuring that the electrifying rookie quarterback will be on the field when the team begins its first full-squad workouts. Getting the 2011 Heisman Trophy recipient completely versed in the offense in time for Washington's Sept. 9 season opener now becomes the main order of business for head coach Mike Shanahan and his staff, though expect fellow rookie Kirk Cousins to receive abundant playing time early in the preseason as he starts an apprenticeship as Griffin's expected long-term backup. The Redskins also have decisions to make at running back and wide receiver, with Tim Hightower and promising second- year man Roy Helu vying for lead ball-carrying duties as long as the former shows he's over last October's ACL tear and youngster Leonard Hankerson battling free-agent pickup Josh Morgan for the No. 3 wideout job behind ex- Colt Pierre Garcon and mainstay Santana Moss. The biggest camp question marks on defense reside in the secondary, where there'll be new starting safeties in offseason acquisition Brandon Meriweather and either one of two castoffs, Madieu Williams (49ers) or Tanard Jackson (Buccaneers). A preseason competition at kicker will also be on the menu, with inconsistent incumbent Graham Gano attempting to stave off proven vet Neil Rackers.


Aug. 9 - at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Aug. 18 - at Chicago, 8 p.m. Aug. 25 - vs. Indianapolis, 4 p.m. Aug. 29 - vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.