Washington Redskins open camp, are optimistic about 2017 season

RICHMOND, Va. – Football season is right around the corner and the Washington Redskins are back in Richmond for training camp.

Without question, the biggest headline in the offseason was about quarterback Kirk Cousins not signing a long-term contract.

By a showing of jerseys at training camp, it doesn't take long to realize that the face of the franchise is quarterback Kirk Cousins. But for the second year in a row, he will play under a one-year deal.

Whether it's young fans or some a little older, No. 8 has been the most popular jersey thus far and that's a sign of the support and confidence fans have in their play caller.

"Cousins is a really great quarterback, from what I've seen, because of last year. I think this year we have a great chance of beating the Cowboys," said Redskins fan Keegan Connor.

"As the season goes on, he'll get better. The whole contract thing is a bunch of nonsense. If he puts the numbers up, he should (sign a long-term contract). And I think the fans need to realize he's going to be our franchise quarterback," said Redskins fan Robert Show II.

But others said it's not all about the statistics but rather about coming out on top.

"Puts up good numbers but more importantly than the numbers are the Ws. And he's a good guy. Everybody likes him, but we need wins," said Redskins fan Kenneth Wood.

While fans will debate whether Cousins has proven himself or not, the 28-year-old quarterback will continue to do his job and let his play do the talking.

"We've done everything we could possibly do to, you know, get that settled and move forward. I think we're all in a good place right now and we've got enough to worry about trying to get our offense playing at the level it needs to have a great season so that I can be back in future years," said Cousins.

Day one of camp began with plenty of optimism after consecutive winning seasons, and there was plenty of Hokie flavor.

Going into this year, there is a lot of excitement surrounding former Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller and his production, now that he's healthy.

Fuller is sporting a new number this year, wearing No. 29 after donning No. 38 during his rookie season.

But the biggest difference for him entering this training camp is that, after overcoming a lingering injury, Fuller is finally healthy.

"It was tough. Ultimately, I was looking back at it, I think last year was the best thing for me. Just, you know, being able to be put there and learn and get them real, live reps out there. And this year, coming back healthy should make it even better," said Fuller.

Fuller tore his meniscus as a junior in Blacksburg, which caused him to drop from a potential first-round draft pick to the third round. He appeared in 13 Redskins games in 2016, despite not being 100 percent.

"A lot of it is just getting healthy. Kendall kind of came in off an injury in college and we threw him out there because guys got injured and so he really didn't have a chance for his body to heal. So now he's healed up and in great shape and he looks great. He looks great. He's moving great and he's posed for a big season this year," said Redskins free safety DeAngelo Hall.

Fuller joins a secondary that includes Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland at cornerback, as well as D.J. Swearinger, Su'a Cravens and fellow Hokie DeAngelo Hall at safety.

Hall is dealing with an injury of his own, which has put him on the "physically unable to perform" list.

"For us, it's just about trying to get better every day, myself included. I be out here working as hard as these guys, and trying to get myself in game shape. Put myself in some of those game-type situations and just see how I feel," said Hall.

Leading this talented secondary is former Virginia Tech defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.


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