RG3 maps out coming weeks of recovery before camp
Here is a quick look at the Redskins’ three-day minicamp that starts today.
It will look a lot like the OTAs that have been going on for the last few weeks. Helmets are worn but no pads. Per the CBA “there will be no contact work (e.g., “live” blocking, tackling, pass rushing, bump-and-run) or use of pads (helmets permitted) at minicamps.”
Per the NFL’s media policy, all minicamp practices are open to the media. Today Robert Griffin III is scheduled to give his last press conference until training camp and Mike Shanahan will address the media as well. On Wednesday the coordinators and assistant coaches will be available for questions in addition to Shanahan’s final presser for the next six weeks.
The length of the practices also is regulated by the CBA. The main practices can last no longer than two and a half hours. The can conduct a second practice on two of the three days. The additional session can last no longer than an hour and it can only be a walk through.
The main difference between the rest of the offseason program that stared on April 15 and minicamp is that the former is voluntary and the latter is mandatory. Players can be fined $11,025 for missing the first day. The penalty for missing the second day doubles to $22,050 and it goes to $33,075 for the third. If a player decides to skip minicamp altogether it would be an expensive vacation; those fines total $66,150. In addition, some players have clauses in their contracts that will allow the team to void future guaranteed money or not pay workout bonuses to players who skip minicamp.
That should not be an issue for the Redskins. Their attendance at OTAs has been nearly 100 percent with a few players missing time with excused absences. There is every reason to believe that they will have all hands present today.
That doesn’t mean that there will be full participation on the field. Robert Griffin III will not be wearing a jersey and again will be working with other injured players tossing some passes and doing some rehab work. Fred Davis had stated that his goal was to participate in minicamp but last week Mike Shanahan said that, while it looked like Davis would be ready, he likely would be held out as a precaution.
After today the players will be off until training camp starts in Richmond next month. The official start day is July 25 but rookies can be required to report several days earlier.