We are at the midway point of the Redskins’ offseason. Actually, we hit that point at noon on Saturday when 125.5 days had passed since the Redskins closed the 2013 season with a miserable 20-6 loss to the Giants in MetLife Stadium and we had 125.5 days to go until the 2014 season opener against the Texans in Reliant Stadium.
So far, the Redskins have fired Mike Shanahan, hired Jay Gruden, given Bruce Allen final say over personnel decisions, franchise tagged Brian Orakpo, signed Jason Hatcher and DeSean Jackson away from division rivals, and they conducted two weeks of conditioning and just wrapped up a three-day voluntary minicamp. They will check off another major item on their to-do list this week when the NFL draft starts. Here is a look at the remaining key dates on their offseason calendar:
—NFL Draft May 8-10: The chances are that the Redskins will sit out the first round having traded their pick to the Rams in the Robert Griffin III deal. There is a possibility that they will trade into the first round but it seems likely that they will not start picking players until the second round gets under way on Friday. They have six picks, all their original selections, the second pick in rounds 2-7.
—Rookie minicamp May 16-18: Those draft picks plus undrafted free agents the team signs plus some first-year players already on the roster plus a number of players in for tryouts will report to Redskins Park for three days of drills and evaluation. It will be the first NFL experience for the rookies. The media will be able to observe on the 17th so that will be the first on-field look at the Redskins’ top draft picks.
—OTAs May 27-June 10: All 90 players on the roster assemble for the first time (at least those who want to attend; OTAs are voluntary). The playbook installation begins and the offense and defense can run plays against each other. Helmets are the only padding allowed and contact is very limited.
—Minicamp June 17-19: This isn’t much different from OTAs except that attendance is mandatory. It’s one last run through the playbook before a five-week break.
—Training camp July 23: This date hasn’t been announced yet but it this is the likely date that the players will report to the Bon Secours training center in Richmond with the first practice coming the next day.
—Preseason opener vs. Patriots August 7: If Tom Brady plays you have to think that it won’t be enough to break a sweat. After missing the entire 2013 preseason Robert Griffin III is likely to get a bit more action than the one or two series that most starting quarterbacks get in the preseason debut.
—Final cuts August 30: Allen told us that he expects the team to have anywhere from 20 to 25 new players on the roster. The higher number would represent a turnover of 47 percent.
—Redskins @ Texans September 7: The Gruden era will get underway on the road against the only team that had a worse record than the Redskins in 2013.