All the voluntary stuff is over. Minicamp is here, and all the Washington Redskins players are expected to attend. Attendance has been very strong for the team even at voluntary practices, so expect a full-house at Redskins Park for minicamps.
With a new coach, a rejuvenated RG3, new players on both offense and defense and a host of rookies looking to make a big impact, look at the major areas to watch:
- How will Jay Gruden look as a head coach? Gruden, whose brother famously led Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl title and works the Monday Night Football booth, has never been the head coach of an NFL team, and will open his first minicamp with a team that disappointed last season and will be looking to at least double 2013's wins total.
- What to expect of Robert Griffin III? As a rookie, RG3 was dynamic, taking the Redskins to a NFC East title. His sophomore campaign didn't go so well, as he fought back from knee injury and his relationship with the Shanahan regime devolved. Griffin's play will determine much of the success or failure for the 2014 'Skins.
- New faces. Washington made plenty of moves in free agency, but none bigger than signing DeSean Jackson. Will the former Eagles speedster pay off for the 'Skins? What about Jason Hatcher, an import from Dallas, on the Washington defensive line?
There are plenty of other things to watch, the offensive line and defensive secondary jump out. Let us know what you think in the comments.