We will get our first look at Robert Griffin III at the helm of the Redskins’ first-team offense on Monday as the team opens up its first organized team activity (OTA) to the media.
If all of the veteran players report to the voluntary session the rookie quarterback, drafted second overall by the Redskins last month, will the throwing to new receivers Pierre Garçon and Joshua Morgan as well as longtime wideout Santana Moss. Griffin developing a rapport with his top receivers will be one of the key story lines between now and the start of the regular season on Sept. 9 in New Orleans.
One receiver who is expected to play a big role in 2012, Leonard Hankerson, will not be participating as he recovers from hip surgery. It is hoped that he will be ready to take part in some OTA’s and in minicamp in June.
Other potential starters who are likely to be spectators are guard Kory Lichtensteiger and running back Tim Hightower; both of them are still rehabbing knee injuries.
Safety is the most unsettled area on the team and it will be interesting to see who lines up there with the first team. Last year’s starters LaRon Landry and O. J. Atogwe are gone and veterans Tanard Jackson, Brandon Meriweather, and Madieu Williams were brought in to compete with holdovers Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes and rookie Jordan Bernstine for jobs and playing time. Word is that Jackson and Meriweather will line up with the first team initially but a lot could happen between now and the start of the season.
This will be the first of 10 OTA’s the Redskins will hold between now and June 7. They will have a three-day minicamp the week of June 11 before taking off until training camp starts. The camp schedule has yet to be announced but it should start around July 25.
As noted above, the OTA’s are voluntary for all players. The minicamp is mandatory. Players will wear helmets but not other padding and contact is not permitted.