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Redskins Continue Through OTAs With Nearly Full Participation
ASHBURN – The Washington Redskins passed the midway point of their organized team activities on Thursday with what head coach Mike Shanahan said has continued to be close to 100 percent participation by the 90 players on the roster.
“It’s something that we expect,” Shanahan said. “People want to improve themselves, and you have to practice. We have nine weeks to get that in and normally, it’s three or four days a week, depending on which day it is. You expect that. You don’t always have it.”
The Redskins opened the workouts, which are the second-to-last phase of what is a structured, nearly two-month offseason schedule, last Monday. They practiced for three days, adjourned for a long Memorial Day weekend and returned Tuesday, with Thursday their final day together until they reconvene Monday for four days of practice.
All of the workouts are voluntary until June 11, when a four-day minicamp considered mandatory for veterans begins. Players will then be on their own before training camp begins in full which, for the Redskins, is likely to be the last full week of July.
Still, Shanahan expects his players to attend the workouts. Every player who does not attend is supposed to have the absence excused in some form.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall missed the first session, May 21, with what he said Thursday was a family matter. Nose tackle Barry Cofield and safety Tanard Jackson were not present Thursday. Those were the only two days reporters were allowed to observe the sessions.
The Baltimore Ravens, in comparison, were without 19 players at their voluntary workouts on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
“Guys don’t come for one reason or another, but you’re hoping people do come, because you’re all after the same goal,” Shanahan said. “I think we’ve talked about what that goal is.”