Washington Redskins begin day 1 of training camp in Virginia

Washington Redskins fans arrived early for day one of the teams training camp in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 27, 2017 (John Gonzalez/ABC7)

Fans arrived early Thursday morning for the first day of training camp for the Washington Redskins in Richmond, Virginia.

Training camp opened at the Bon Secours Redskins Training Center and runs Thursday through Aug. 13. There will be 23 public on-field sessions available to fans and a fan appreciation day on Aug. 5, according to a release from the Redskins.

Admission is free to fans and they will have an opportunity to meet team alumni and cheerleaders. Redskins players and coaches will be available after practice to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

The Redskins are looking to bounce back from a tough season after the team missed the playoffs finishing 8-7-1 last season.

It's been a rough offseason for the franchise as well after they couldn't secure a long-term contract with quarterback Kirk Cousins, and three key players from the 2016 roster signed with new teams in free agency.

Cousins, 28, will play another season under the franchise tag. He's scheduled to make $23.94 million on the franchise tag in 2017 after making $19.95 million last season, according to the Associated Press.

Additionally, the team lost several key players from last year's roster. Receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon signed with new teams in free agency. Jackson with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Garcon with the San Francisco 49ers.

Key defensive star Chris Baker also left Washington to sign with the Tampa Buccaneers joining Jackson.

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