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After Productive Spring, Redskins To Conclude Offseason Program Thursday

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Nine weeks of organized offseason workouts will conclude for the Washington Redskins on Thursday with a reprieve – instead of a two-hour practice preceded by an hour-long walkthrough, the players will simply lift weights and watch film.

Consider it a reward for a productive spring.

“We’ve done a heck of a job throughout the offseason, all these OTAs, so [Thursday] will be more of a workout, running, lifting, more of a meeting,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “We haven’t had a chance to do that through the last two offseasons, so to be able to spend that time, again, getting to learn the system and feel comfortable with each other over the last four weeks … it’s been a big plus for us.”

Shanahan, hired in Jan. 2010, spent his first offseason assembling his coaching staff, signing new players and getting to know the others. His second was wiped out by the owners’ lockout that didn’t end until the end of last July.

He had quite a bit to deal with during this one. Between the addition of Robert Griffin III, the adjustment with new defensive backs coach Raheem Morris and receivers coach Ike Hilliard and the adaptation to the team’s new practice facility, the Redskins had much to accomplish.

“The only thing that hasn’t gone well is the defense knowing all our plays and jumping everything, but other than that it’s been great,” Griffin said, laughing.

The Redskins were also able to escape the period with any serious injuries, mostly because new rules governing the workouts disallow players wearing pads or any significant contact.

Rookies will return to Redskins Park on July 16, giving them the opportunity to ask questions and prepare for the season a week in advance of their veteran teammates.

“We’ve got a lot done and hopefully, with a five-week vacation, they’ll come back ready to go,” Shanahan said.