The Washington Redskins finished up their rookie minicamp yesterday and head coach Jay Gruden was overall very impressed by his first-year players. There were a total of 61 players that attended the camp at Redskins Park in Virginia, including drafted rookies, undrafted free agents and other first-year players that tried out for the squad.
From Thursday to Saturday, these players had physicals, worked out with potential teammates, had team meetings and watched film on practices and other games. Gruden liked how the players handled the challenges he set before them.
"They've got to learn bits and pieces and try to master what we're teaching them," Gruden said. "They're trying to learn everything, and that's the hardest thing to translate mentally into out on the field and playing fast. For the most part, I think hats off to our coaches for getting it done so we looked halfway organized out there and hats off to our players for coming in and learning and battling, both mentally and physically." (Credit: Redskins.com)
The players had two practices on both Friday and Saturday. At these practices, the players split up based on their position and showcased their skills in front of the coaches.
"We had a good four practices," Gruden said. "The big thing was to try to get these guys looks so they could showcase their skills and ability. Then, we can make a decision on them moving forward – whether to bring them to camp or sign them, or what have you."
Some players impressed Coach Gruden enough that they got signed last night. These four players were defensive end Frank Kearse, cornerback Courtney Bridget, safety Ross Madison and cornerback Blake Sailors. In order to make room for these players, four others had to be waived. These four players were defensive lineman Chris Davenport, safety Jose Gumbs, tight end Kevin Perry and quarterback Tommy Rees. The biggest move was the release of Jose Gumbs. The 26-year-old safety made his first appearance in an NFL game for the Redskins, playing against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6 of last season. Before that, he was a practice squad player for the New Orleans Saints and the Kansas City Chiefs. He logged in six tackles and an interception in his one season with the Redskins.
Organized Team Activities will start on May 27-29 for Washington and then carry on June 2-4 and June 9-12. Mandatory minicamp will open on June 17-19. During this time, Coach Gruden will shape and mold the team into his image.
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