Four days before the Washington Redskins open training camp, they still have not signed any of their 11 draft choices or 14 veteran free agents. But to hear Coach Joe Gibbs and General Manager Bobby Beathard tell it, there is nothing to worry about -- at least not yet.

"I don't think it's really that unusual," Beathard said yesterday at a news conference at Redskin Park. "The teams that reported to camp this week had their players all of a sudden start signing. A few of the people who represent our draftees feel more comfortable talking seriously now since they see what the {contract} numbers are with some other selections. I'm still optimistic we'll have the rookies in {camp}."

Gibbs, who always has hated distractions that take his players away from football, sounded resigned to the fact that some of his rookies might not be in camp on time.

"Today, you don't get it done. . . . It's a reality you have to live with. I have accepted that," Gibbs said.

The last three years, the Redskins' top draft choices -- defensive tackle Bob Slater, cornerback Tory Nixon and defensive end Markus Koch -- missed part of training camp in contract disputes, and wide receiver Walter Murray, the team's second choice in 1986, never showed up. Beathard said he does not believe cornerback Brian Davis, the top pick this season, should be compared with Nixon or Murray.

"Brian Davis has been in fantastic shape. He ran the second fastest time we've ever had. He ran under 4.3 {in the 40-yard dash}, and only Darrell {Green} has done that. . . . He's made terrific progress. . . . {Nixon and Murray} didn't seem to have that drive. They came in out of shape and didn't seem to do much about it."

Beathard accepted blame for some of the Redskins' past draft troubles. "A lot of the problem has been my fault, where I was responsible for making the wrong choice," he said.

Davis' agent said he and Beathard are moving farther apart, not closer. Art Wilkinson said after speaking with Beathard yesterday he was "tremendously disappointed in the events of today." He said the Redskins' offer to Davis is "not even in the same state" as other offers in the second round.

Both Gibbs and Beathard said they anticipate no problems signing quarterback Jay Schroeder by Sunday, when he is due to report to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., with the other quarterbacks, selected veterans and rookies.

In another matter, Gibbs said he should have visited Joe Theismann in the hospital after the former quarterback broke his leg in 1985.

"I called Joe several times and told him I wasn't coming {to the hospital}," Gibbs said. "After the season, Joe came in one day and {told} me that he was really upset with me because I never came down there. When I stopped and thought about it, I was wrong. I should have found a way to get down there. I told Joe as a friend that he would have to forgive me."

Also yesterday, the Redskins announced that their only home preseason game, Aug. 14 against Pittsburgh, is sold out.