The Washington Redskins wrapped up their three-day informal minicamp on Thursday with a sense of accomplishment, having revived some chemistry and introduced 10 of the team’s 12 draft picks to the offensive and defensive schemes.
“It was extremely important because normally they would’ve had at least one mini-camp and an OTA or two and they would’ve already had met us, gotten acclimated to our system and the way we do things,” said middle linebacker London Fletcher, who organized the workouts. “We don’t want them to be too far behind the eight-ball once things get started. We don’t know how long this [lockout] will last, but you want them to have a chance to compete for a job as a rookie.”
Said rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan: “It’s not all going to happen all at once, but is a good start and a good building block to what we are hoping to accomplish this season. … Still a long way to go, still a lot of learning in general. Just a long way to go, but this was great.”
Thirty-nine players (24 offensive and 15 defensive) were in attendance for the final day of the camp Thursday, which drew 41 players on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Redskins players will be watching to see whether the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals preserves the NFL lockout after it holds a hearing June 3. But if the labor dispute continues to drag on, the players plan to hold another camp in mid to late June.
A few odds and ends from Thursday’s session:
> Players who were absent after being at the workout on Wednesday were running back Keiland Williams, safety Chris Horton and defensive end Jeremy Jarmon.
> Back to work after missing Wednesday were Fred Davis and Ryan Torain.
> Two of the 24 offensive players–tight end Chris Cooley and running back Andre Brown – didn’t take part in any of the action on Thursday and instead watched.
> Cornerback Kevin Barnes recorded his second interception of the week, making a juggling catch on a tipped John Beck pass. Barnes spent the first two days playing cornerback exclusively, but on Thursday, with the safety numbers down, he played safety while DeAngelo Hall and rookie Brandyn Thompson played corner.
> Second-year wideout Terrence Austin may not have a lot of size, but he appears to be a good, precise route runner. Austin looked as good as any of the receivers at the three days of workouts. He has added seven pounds of bulk to his frame as a byproduct of a boxing-oriented training regimen he took up in the offseason.
> Fellow receiver Brandon Banks displayed good speed a couple of times and on one play beat DeAngelo Hall down the sideline for a touchdown pass from Grossman.
> Lorenzo Alexander has been working to improve his quickness and speed. On one play Fred Davis had a step on him, but Alexander made up some ground and knocked the ball away just before it reached Davis’ hands.
> Grossman looked sharper than Beck in today’s workouts. Beck appeared more hesitant at times. Some of it had to do with the zone coverages that the defense threw at Beck, but he appeared to have a few bad reads as well. Beck fired one interception right into the arms of Hall, who had jumped a route intended for rookie Niles Paul. Two other Beck passes were tipped for interceptions.