The Redskins rookies take the field starting today

The Redskins rookies take the field starting today
May 4, 2012, 10:47 am
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Eight days after the Redskins picked him with the second overall selection in the NFL draft, Robert Griffin III will take the field for the first time on Friday as the Redskins start up their three-day rookie minicamp.On the field at Redskins Park with the teams new quarterback will be the teams other eight draft picks, a dozen undrafted free agents under contract, plus some more players fresh out of college who will be there to try out for one of the precious 90 roster spots.In addition, some other players who were around Redskins Park last year are eligible to participate in the minicamp. As long as a player does not have a year of pension credit--meaning that he has not been on a 53-man roster for three or more games during a season--he can come to the rookie minicamp. Some of first-year players who could be there are:DB Travon BellamyQB Jonathan CromptonRB Tristan DavisOT Nevin McCaskillWR Aldrick RobinsonWhile the rules are highly restrictive in some phases of offseason activities, for these three days the players will wear helmets and the offense will be able to line up against the defense. No contact will be permitted.Dont expect to hear too much about the first two days of the minicamp as the media will be let in only for Sundays session.After the session is over, the rookies will not be permitted to come to Redskins Park until the next phase of the offseason program starts on May 14. OTAs, where the rules are similar to those seen in the rookie minicamp, get underway on May 21. There also will be sessions on May 23-24 and 29-31 and June 4-7.Attendance at those activities is voluntary. The one mandatory session is the three-day minicamp which runs from June 12-14. After that the players will be off until training camp starts. The camp schedule has not yet been announced but it will be at Redskins Park and will start around July 25.