When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 17-19; one practice session each day starting at noon, running until about 1:45.
Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn, VA
Attendance: Minicamp is closed to the public, the press will be allowed access to the practice field for the first 30 minutes of each session and will have access to players afterward.
What to look for:
Installing a revamped offense: Back in his first stint with the Redskins, Joe Gibbs always said that he would change about 40% of the offense from season to season. This figure may be somewhat higher this year as Gibbs is dealing with a unit that ranked 30th in total yardage. Putting in a shotgun formation, focusing on deeper pass patterns and finding ways to better take advantage of Clinton Portis' running style are among the aspects of the offense that will get considerable attention.
Players who break: Minicamp isn't "make or break" for marginal players and undrafted free agents since you can't make the team there. You can, however, bust in minicamp. When draft choices are signed—they don't count against the 80-man roster limit since they aren't on the team yet—a player will be cut. This is the last chance for the likes of Jonathan Combs, Adrian Gonzalez, and Charles Howard to make a positive impression on the coaching staff before training camp. Anything less than an outstanding effort could lead to a player never seeing training camp. And just as Taylor Jacobs can't secure a starting WR role this weekend, he could damage his chances of starting if he demonstrates a lack of progress.
Fine tuning the defense: No current Redskin defender has been welcomed to minicamp by the same defensive coordinator that was there the year before. It's different this year; Gregg Williams is back. Certainly, some of the defense will be changed, but for the most part it will be the same terminology, the same techniques, and the same schemes that players began to internalize last year. The focus will be on fitting in some new players at linebacker and corner.
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