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Things We Learned At #SkinsCamp: Part 2

The Washington Redskins conducted their ninth day of training camp practice Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.

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After three weeks at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, here's a look back at what we learned from practice, from the players and from the fans in Richmond, Va.

The second of three parts, today will focus on the second week of #SkinsCamp. 

Things got contentious with the Texans in town:On the final day of joint practice sessions with the Houston Texans, the fans, out in abundance, witnessed several skirmishes break out on the field. After a hit on Redskins fullback Jordan Campbell, tensions flared and several scrums broke out at once.

After the air cleared and the teams were separated, the Redskins reflected on how they came together in that moment as a team to protect each other.

"We preach it all the time about changing culture, we need to develop a winning attitude and an aggressive and tough mentality and a take no prisoners, take no crap mentality," safety Duke Ihenacho said. "So when one of our brothers has an altercation, we want to play football, but we're trying to protect our brother. That's the most important thing to us."

Tight end Niles Paul echoed Ihenacho.

"Everybody came in and had each other's back," Paul said. "Even when the defense got into it we all ran to each other's side. Obviously we can't do that in a game because everybody would get fined or suspended, but we did what we were supposed to do as a team and you can see it's coming together."

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation is doing big things: The entire Redskins organzation descended into Richmond's East End to announce the construction of a Play 60 playground, a $150,000 dollar project sponsored by the Charitable Foundation. The team is is just the second in the NFL to install a Play 60 playground.

"[The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation] has meant so much to us," Redskins owner Dan Snyder said before a small crowd that included children from the community. "We have done so many different acts in the community that are important and we can touch lives using a combination of good will, charity, our football team, our organization and really make a difference.

"I'd like to thank the mayor -- he's been so gracious for us," Snyder added. "We love Richmond. We come here every year for training camp, and, knock on wood, we're staying healthy and making some great progress."

Chris Baker started a video bomb trend:In the middle of a CSN interview with wide receiver Andre Roberts, Baker used the opportunity, and his belly, to his advantage.* *

This caught on a few days later, when defensive end Jason Hatcher bombed head coach Jay Gruden.

Try to get that belly roll out of your head.

Chris Culliver forgot he was wired up:During training camp, several Redskins players strapped on mics for wired up segments throughout practice. Sometimes wires can be annoying to wear, but apparently Culliver wasn't bothered at all.

In fact, he forgot it was there until he poured water down his head, realizing right after that a microphone was still attached to him.

 "I hope y'all still alive in there," Culliver told his microphone, and in effect those listening. "Gave you all a little cool down real quick."

Clevane Gillespie, of North Chesterfield, Va., has taken his fandom to the extreme, turning his front yard into a mulched Redskins shrine.

One fan has a crazy yard:I drove out to North Chesterfield, Va., to interview Clevane Gillespie, quite possibly the biggest Redskins fan out there. If that is up for debate, here is what is not: He has the most insane Redskins yard.

"I tell them, there aint nothing like this in the United States of America," Gillespie said. "Even if you go on the internet and type in 'Redskins fan yard,' all the writers will talk about me, but most of them don't even know my name."

He claims looking at his yard sometimes brings him to tears and promises that you haven't seen anything yet.


Terrance Knighton is back on Twitter:This might not exactly be training camp news, but the return of "Pot Roast" to Twitter happened during the middle of camp, something that isn't that coincidental when you realize how much he loves interacting with fans.

"I'm doing it to just interact with the fans," he said. "A lot of the time it will be just straight football stuff and it won't be anything personal or a few pictures and things like that but I'll interact with some fans. There'll be maybe two days before a game where I'll ask fans questions and things like that."

For now, Knighton promises to keep it "PG" when it comes to engaging with users on Twitter.

"Oh when I'm done with football then you want to follow me," he said. "I will have a lot to say then…but when I'm done you'll know the real me.

Check back Thursday for Part 3




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