Mike Shanahan looked at his team after 10 OTA’s and two minicamp practices and said “enough”.
Word that the third minicamp practice scheduled for Thursday might get called off filtered around Redskins Park on Tuesday. With the team having posted near-perfect attendance during the OTA’s and with about a dozen players being spectators for all or part of Wednesday’s practice, Shanahan decided to pull the trigger on that plan.
“Tomorrow, what we’re going to do is when the players get in, they’ll get in around 7:30-8 a.m., we’ll work out until about 9 a.m. and we’ll run and we’ll lift,” Shanahan said after Wednesday’s practice. “Then, we’ll have a couple hours of film, but we’re not going to practice tomorrow afternoon.
“We’re a little banged up. We’ve done a heck of a job throughout the offseason, all these OTA’s. Tomorrow will be more of a workout, running and lifting, more of a meeting, but we won’t go through what we did today.”
The players were not available for comment by the time Shanahan made this announcement but the decision undoubtedly got unanimous approval from the team.
Well, make that a near-unanimous thumbs up. Robert Griffin III was not sharp at all during the two-hour Wednesday practice and he probably doesn’t want to go into the six-week break between today and training camp with that performance to stew on.
The next football activity at Redskins Park will come when Griffin and the other rookies report there in July 16. It’s not really an early start to training camp, which will start on about July 26.
“It’s just more a review of film, just going over the installation schedule, getting in a good lift, a good run, maybe a couple hours, not to overdo it, but to get some added time in meetings, a chance to ask any questions over the next month or five weeks,” said Shanahan.
Sometime between now and then, Griffin plans to get together with his receivers for at least a few days to get in some work.
At least, that’s what Shanahan has heard. “I just read about it in the newspaper to be honest with you. We’ve been going pretty hard here over the past five weeks, and these guys are going to work out over the next five weeks,” he said. “A lot of these quarterbacks and receivers will get together on their own, but you know the key is if they don’t have the ability to get together, they’re working out and keeping on top of their business.”