Mid July brings the dog days of summer, heat, humidity and professional football training camps! It’s the time of year to start looking ahead to tailgating, football rallies and trips to the Super Bowl! Both the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens open up their training camps this week. The first official football training camp day for both teams is today, July 24th. All members of the teams need to be in camp and on the field ready for practice. During training camp, there are no winners or losers, there is only learning the playbook and becoming a team. These skills will be in full force during training camp for both teams. Fans can attend practices and special events at training facilities as well as at special events at their perspective stadiums. Both teams have some great events lined up for fans for training camp this year!
Baltimore Ravens Training Camp
The Baltimore Ravens had an average 8-8 2013 season. They were plagued by injuries and listless offense. They are hoping to improve and head back to the Super Bowl this season. The Ravens hold their training camp at Under Armour Performance Center in Owing Mills, Maryland. The training facility includes practice fields, strength-training areas, full indoor practice field and the corporate headquarters for the team. Up to 300 people can attend a training camp session. There was a lottery for tickets for fans to get a chance to get on the field for one out of 12 open training camp sessions. There will be special showcases at M&T Stadium in Baltimore and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis during training camp. The Ravens will host their first ever Fireworks Night on July 28th starting at 7pm at M&T Stadium. 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 will have a practice on Monday, August 4th starting at 7pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. This event will feature a youth football clinic on the field before practice starts, cheerleaders and mascots, Baltimore’s Marching Ravens and an autograph session after the practice. The Ravens will also be practicing for 4 days against the San Francisco 49ers starting August 7th. Check out the Baltimore Raven’s training camp schedule.
Ravens manager, John Harbaugh and the team are ready to put the 2013 season behind them and work hard in training camp. In fact, the Baltimore Ravens football training camp is known to be the toughest in the NFL. The majority of the team is full of veteran players with some great rookie prospects. The defense is young and fast and the offense has the veteran leadership of Joe Flacco. The first game of the season is at home at M & T Stadium on September 7th against AFC North rivals, Cincinnati Bengals.
Washington Redskins Training Camp
The Washington Redskins unfortunately did not have a good 2013 season with a 3-13 season, which resulted in the firing of head coach Mike Shanahan and his coaching staff at the end of the season. Jay Gruden was chosen as the new coach and his staff will lead the Redskins with a new offense when players report for training camp on July 24th. The Washington Redskins training camp is held at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia. This state-of-the-art facility opened for the 2013 season. There are many training camp practices open to the fans free of charge. Saturday, August 2nd is Fan Appreciation Day. There are also preseason practices against the New England Patriots from August 4th to 6th cumulating in a game on August 7th at Fed Ex Field at 7pm. Tickets are available for this event via a special lottery system. You can register up to July 25th for the randomly selected lottery. You can find more information about training camp on the website. Check out the Washington Redskins training camp schedule for practice time and information.
New manager, Jay Gruden, former offensive coordinator at the Cincinnati Bengals, and his staff welcome back a majority of veteran players to the 2014 training camp. There will be a lot of pressure on quarterback, Robert Griffin III to return to his 2012 form. The offense added three new starters in receiver DeSean Jackson, wideout Andre Roberts and left guard Shawn Lauvao. The defense hopes to improve with draft choice Trent Murphy and off-season pick, Jason Hatcher. The Redskins start the season at Houston on September 7th. The first Redskins home game is September 14th versus rival Jacksonville Jaguars.
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