The Redskins will begin the third, final and most intense part of the off-season program Monday with the first of 10 voluntary organized team activities.
It’s the first time this off-season team drills are permitted under the collective bargaining agreement. That gives coaches the opportunity to install the team’s offensive and defensive systems on the field.
It’s also the first time the Redskins can require players to wear helmets. Live contact is prohibited, though, and no shells or pads are permitted.
During the last five weeks, players have participated in a strength and conditioning program, had meetings with coaches and performed individual position drills and offense- or defense-only drills.
“We’re going against the defense now, and those guys will be doing the things they usually do, so I’m really excited,” said fullback Eric Kettani, who spent last season on the practice squad and hopes to make the 53-man roster this season.
“Everyone’s optimistic and has confidence from last year, but we know each year’s a different year, and each team in the division is changing around,” center Will Montgomery said. “They’ve had changes, we’ve had a few changes. Last season doesn’t mean we’re going to have a good year this year. We have to go back to the grind and work for each victory.”
All 10 of the Redskins OTAs are closed to the public, here are the dates for those activities; May 20, May 22-23, May 28-30, and June 3-6; are closed to the public.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III this Thursday is scheduled to address reporters in an organized setting for the first time on team property since he suffered his severe right knee injury in January. Griffin is expected to be ready for the Redskins’ regular-season opener on September 9th.
Washington’s mandatory mini-camp is scheduled for June 10-13 and is also closed to the public.