Members of the Washington Redskins were encouraged by the turnout and production they got in during a players-only voluntary workout Tuesday afternoon.
Led by team captain/middle linebacker London Fletcher, roughly 30 Redskins players convened for the first time this offseason to help maintain their chemistry, conditioning and comfort with the playbook.
Usually the team would be in the midst of a coach-led offseason conditioning program. But because of the lockout, players aren’t allowed on team property or to have any contact with coaches. The players held their own session today in Northern Virginia.
“Good, good. We had players from all over,” receiver Anthony Armstrong said. “California, Texas, Florida, New Orleans. ... It will help with the mental aspect, hearing the plays, remembering where to line up, knocking the rust off that way.”
Said linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, “It was pretty good. Had more offensive guys than defensive guys. Good to see the guys, talk to them, get back to football a little bit and re-boot, and just get back to football in its truest form. Guys were happy to be out there. It was raining, but people wanted to get a couple extra throws in, get some plays.”
Skill players ran seven-on-seven drills while offensive and defensive linemen did drill work on their own. Quarterbacks John Beck and Rex Grossman took turns running the offense.
The Redskins had an old script of plays, so they used that on offense, and Alexander said Fletcher “our defensive coordinator on the field, was putting us in formations, and calling packages.”
Grossman attended despite not being under contract with the team. His deal expired in January and he is due to become a free agent. Inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh, who also is due to become a free agent, attended the workout as well.
“Those are some great guys. They’re football players, not worried about business side of it,” Alexander said. “They just want to get in some work and play football like we do. We’ve been together. Rocky, especially, is like family, so seeing him didn’t surprise me.”
Other free agent players, Santana Moss and Jammal Brown, weren’t in attendance on Tuesday. Fellow quarterback Donovan McNabb, whose future with the team appears to be rather unlikely, also was not on hand.
The Redskins plan on having a second day of workouts on Wednesday, and more players are expected to attend.