Although the Washington Redskins' seven-game win-streak to finish last season on their way to becoming division champs was great, their ugly 3-6 start through their first nine games still occurred.
Like any other team in the league, the Redskins aren't perfect, and they're looking to improve.
Carrying a full 90-man roster into the brand new Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Virginia to open training camp, head coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins are out to keep the best talent they can find.
By the end of August, the Redskins will retain just 53 men.
The following slideshow highlights key themes and storylines as we head into training camp, including roster analysis, burning questions, guys to watch on the roster bubble and a projected final roster.
The practice sessions listed below are open to the public free of charge; practice dates are subject to change without notice. Practice times will be released closer to camp. Two practice sessions are tentatively scheduled for each day of training camp. For the latest training camp information, please visit www.redskins.com/trainingcamp.
All practices are held at the 2013 Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Training Camp Schedule
( specific times to be announced )
Thursday, July 25 - Saturday, July 27
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2
Saturday, August 3 (Fan Appreciation Day – Noon)
Monday, August 5
Tuesday, August 6
Saturday, August 10
Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16
August 8 @ Tennessee Titans (8:00 EST)
August 19 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (8:00 EST)
August 24 vs. Buffalo Bills (4:30 EST)
August 29 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7:30 EST)
The regular season kicks off Monday, September 9 when the Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles.
July 25 marks the start of training camp as the Redskins enter the season with 90 guys on the current roster.
By the end of August, that number will be butchered to just 53.
Throughout training camp, coaches and staff will evaluate players—both new and old—to determine if they're good enough to stick on the final roster.
It's a time where some dreams come true and where others are crushed.
For complete analysis of the entire roster, click here.
While much of the Redskins' potential success in 2013 hinges on the health of critical players returning from injury, there's plenty of other questions left unanswered.
Robert Griffin III's rehab from knee surgery has been nothing shy of amazing, but keeping his jersey clean in 2013 could be the real key to his durability.
Meanwhile, the defense addressed their needs through the draft and free agency, but how do things add up for defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in order to create a more threatening unit?
For complete analysis of the Redskins' burning questions, click here.
It's the greatest part about any training camp, for any team, anywhere.
Positional battles are what proves players, shatters others and eventually molds the best roster for your team.
This summer, the Redskins have plenty of juicy storylines of their own.
For complete analysis on the Redskins' biggest training camp battles, click here.
While a first-round pick last April would've been nice, the Redskins aren't regretful for giving it up last spring to land Robert Griffin III.
The front office combined strategies and addressed areas of need, while also taking guys with good upside at valuable positions in the draft. They focused on playmakers on both sides of the ball that fit their scheme and demonstrate natural football smarts.
Then there are those looking to surprise us—the undrafted free agents. Relative unknowns in most football households, yet the most capable of making the best stories in camp.
For complete analysis of the Redskins' rookies and undrafted free agents, click here.
The Redskins have done a good job of retaining their starters from last year's NFC East champion team, while also adding rookies in the draft that bring plenty of athleticism and potential.
And, just as it is in any other training camp, with more talent comes a smaller (and nastier) roster bubble.
It's not necessarily a bad problem to have, but it's never easy. Good players are going to be shown the door this summer, and it's up to the coaches to decide who's good enough to stick.
For complete analysis of who's on the Redskins' roster bubble, click here.
As training camp moves forward, the Redskins roster will begin to take shape.
Who's showing out? Who's disappearing? Who has that stellar work ethic that can't be denied?
The true look of the roster won't rear its head until around mid-August. But it's never too early for an educated guess as to who stays and who goes.
For complete analysis and projections of the Redskins' final 53-man roster, click here.