Redskins open voluntary minicamp today

Redskins open voluntary minicamp today
April 29, 2014, 9:15 am
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The Redskins report to Ashburn, Virginia today for the next phase of the team’s offseason program. A three-day minicamp starts at Redskins Park, the first such activity under new head coach Jay Gruden.

It should be noted that only the players who choose to be at the minicamp are there. This one is voluntary; the minicamp that will be held in mid-June is mandatory.

For the first time, the team will line up offense vs. defense and run plays from the playbooks of Gruden and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Up to this point, they have been doing only strength and conditioning work.

This is an extra minicamp that is allowed for teams with new coaches. The idea is to give the coach a look at his new players running his system before deciding on draft needs.

The picture that Gruden will be able to get is limited. No contact is allowed and the only padding permitted is a helmet.

Looking ahead, the Redskins will have a rookie camp May 16-18, 10 OTA sessions between May 27 and June 12, and the mandatory minicamp June 17-19.

This week’s minicamp is closed to the media. One day of the rookie camp, three OTAs and the three days of the minicamp will be open to the press. All of the activities are closed to the public.

The training camp schedule has not yet been announced but the first practice at the Bon Secours training center should be on or about July 24.