The Redskins, along with the rest of the NFL, is soon entering “Phase 3” of the NFL’s offseason process under the most recent collective bargaining agreement. This phase of the offseason entails OTA offseason workouts and Mandatory Minicamps.
Offseason Workouts for the Redskins are held May 23-25, 30-31, June 1, and 5-8. OTAs are simply training sessions that helps the development of players on the roster. Players will practice with the team and go through drills for coaches to see where the players currently stand. Going back to last year’s sessions, this is where First Round pick Josh Doctson had injured his Achilles one week and his foot the following week. So expect to hear word on Doctson’s progress in the upcoming days, pictures or video may surface of the drills players may be participating in.
Assuming recent signees are participating in OTAs, because they are voluntary, expect to hear about notable players like Jonathan Allen, Ryan Anderson, Terrelle Pryor, Robert Davis, Samaje Perine, D.J. Swearinger, and others. These training sessions are all valuable, but nothing really gets serious until minicamps take place next month.
Mandatory Minicamp for the Redskins will take place June 13-15, where although no contact is allowed the players will wear helmets and install live offense vs. defense practices. These three days are meant to prepare the players for the upcoming training camp that will take place starting late July. Two of the three days of minicamps will likely be two-a-day practices.
These practices will tell coaches whether or not a player is in shape. Going back to the recent rookie minicamps, where Jay Gruden mentioned Ryan Anderson (albeit he wasn’t really concerned) came into camp over 260 pounds. He wanted Anderson to be in better shape heading into this portion of the season, Gruden and coaches will know where Anderson and the likes of him will stand. As mentioned before coaches will be installing plays with their players, this will also define roles for certain players who are either extremely versatile or a “tweener”. The Redskins have a few versatile and “tweener” players on the defensive side of the football in D.J Swearinger, Zach Brown, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Su’a Cravens Stacy McGhee, and Terrell McClain among others. Minicamp will also allow quarterback Kirk Cousins to get timing down with his revamped receiving core, with Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon leaving for Tampa Bay and San Francisco respectively, it’ll be of the upmost importance for Cousins to get in rhythm with Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, and others when running live plays.
In the upcoming weeks leading into training camp, reporters and fans will get a glimpse of the progress of individual players and the team as a whole.