The Redskins have cancelled the last day of minicamp practice scheduled for today.
That means that the offseason has started for the players and coaches. The next time the team will gather is for training camp in Richmond. The first practice is scheduled for Thursday, July 24, exactly five weeks from today.
It is not unusual for NFL teams to call off the last day of minicamp. The Redskins have had near perfect attendance during the voluntary phase of the offseason and the unexpected day off likely was a reward for that.
Although they won’t be under the watchful eye of the coaching staff, head coach Jay Gruden said that he hopes the players will be responsible during the break and report in Richmond in shape.
“The players’ standpoint, they have to continue to train and work on their own hopefully. Most of them are professionals and they’ll do that,” said Gruden. “We’ll see when they come to camp. They should be in good shape but we’re still going to keep in touch, close contact with our strength coaches. They’ll have programs for them and hopefully they will do their work. And that’s what being a pro is all about. It’s about working not so much in front of your coaches but on your own and hopefully we have the type of guys in this locker room that are going to work hard on their own and hopefully it’ll pay dividends once we come to camp.”
As for Gruden, he is getting ready to move into a new house and he said that between that and getting organized for training camp he would be keeping pretty busy in Northern Virginia.