Bruce Allen, left, talks with Coach Mike Shanahan. (The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins on Monday kick off the next stage of their offseason program with the start of organized team activities.

Players will be permitted to be on the field with their coaches, running plays against the opposing unit, but all action is non-contact.

This differs from the previous weeks, where the players went through conditioning drills and team drills, but without helmets and not against the offense or defense.

So now things ramp up a bit.

“They certainly do. It’s football season now!” Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said on Friday just before teeing off at the annual Mickey Steele Celebrity golf tournament hosted by former quarterback Mark Rypien in Queenstown, Md.

Allen said he was happy with how the team’s draft picks did earlier this month at the rookie minicamp, and that he looks forward to seeing them continue to learn as they join their veteran teammates on the field.

“Now we get to blend them in with the rest of the guys,” Allen said.

The Redskins have had strong attendance during the voluntary offseason conditioning program, and the mind-set observed in those players encourages Allen.

“We have strong camaraderie and focus in our locker room,” Allen said. “The core of our team is young, and the focus is getting that core better.”

Quarterback Robert Griffin III will continue to work with the trainers during OTAs, and not with his practicing teammates as he rehabs from the reconstruction of his right knee.

Various glowing reports of his progress have been provided here and there, but the stages of Griffin’s recovery have been kept under wraps for the most part.  On Friday, when asked for the latest update on Griffin, Allen said, “We’re not really thinking about that until July. He’s doing well with the trainers. … Until he takes a physical, he’ll continue to work with them.”

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