The 2017 Burgundy and Gold football season is set to get underway as training begins Thursday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.

The team will spend about a month working on conditioning, drills and game plans as they work towards finalizing a 53 man roster that hopes to make it to the post-season.

<p>ASHBURN, VA - MAY 06: Kirk Cousins #12 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass during the Washington Redskins rookie minicamp on May 6, 2012 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)</p>

Story lines to watch throughout camp include how quarterback Kirk Cousins will settle in and lead his teammates after receiving the franchise tag for the second season in a row, watching the growth of first round draft pick and local standout Jonathan Allen from Ashburn, Va., and seeing how veterans and rookies mesh to make a team.

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In a press conference Monday afternoon, Head Coach Jay Gruden said the best thing he likes about his team right now is the veterans and their leadership. One of those veteran leaders is Cousins. Despite that franchise tag for a second year, Coach Gruden isn't worried, saying the signal caller competed every day after the tag last year and he expects the same this year because that's the kind of player he is.

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There was some lighthearted fun after conditioning sessions that were off limits to the media. A few players, including Josh Norman and Will Blackmon played the "other football"-- soccer. They kicked around a ball before the serious work begins.

The team will have its first workout open to the public Thursday morning at 10:30. Gates open at 9 a.m.