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Need to Know: The next five things on Gruden and the Redskins’ to-do list

Apr 4, 2014, 5:35 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 4, three days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.

Nickel coverage

Here are five things that are next for the Redskins after the DeSean Jackson signing.

Get on the field—Offseason workouts start on Monday. The first phase is conditioning and the only use of a football can be a quarterback throwing to a receiver without a defender. They will progress to the point where the offense and defense can run plays but they can’t line up against each other. So what will be going on at Redskins Park won’t look much like football but it will be something of a landmark in Jay Gruden’s first season with the Redskins.

Pre-draft minicamp—We don’t have a date for this yet but it should be around the first of May, about a week before the draft. It will give Gruden a chance to evaluate the players he has working within his system prior to going into the draft.

The draft—It starts on May 8 but since the Redskins are unlikely to trade up into the first round the key date will be the next day. Bruce Allen and Scott Campbell, running their first Redskins draft without Mike Shanahan having the final say on the picks, will try to pluck two players who can start at some point in 2014 in rounds two and three. The next day will be about depth and special teams.

Post draft signings—They will sign some undrafted free agents immediately after the draft is over. That process will continue during a rookie minicamp shortly after the draft when undrafted players will be invited to try out.

OTAs and minicamp—Right after the rookie camp the team will commence OTAs. Those will go on for a few weeks as what was learned in the early workouts will be used to actually run plays in Gruden’s offense. We don’t have the schedule yet but most teams will run their OTAs into June and finish them up with a four-day minicamp. Then they will break until training camp starts in late July.

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Timeline

—It’s been 96 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 156 days until they play another one.

Days until: Offseason workouts start 3; NFL Draft 34; Training camp starts 110

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  1. kenlinkins - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Any time you get a new Head Coach and or GM, The first draft tells you a lot about their thinking of where a team stands over all. When Coach Shanahan got to DC he released a ton of players in early March. Guys like Cartright, Smoot, Thomas and Betts, then drafted a OT to replace Samuals, then 4 or 5 were for offense. Riley was the only defensive player taken. It was clear that Coach Shanahan didn’t like what he had on Offense. With Coach Gruden’s first draft coming in May, we should get a better idea of the blue print to be used to restock the roster. IMO the Redskins will look for 2 or 3 DB’s in this draft and O-line help, but I do wonder just how they plan on addressing the pass rushing OLB position and how they hope to gain someone who can be an option for Orakpo and do the Redskins plan on doing that this year or next? To date, I like what I see in most cases, and it seems GM Allen plays things close to the vest, I just wonder what he has in mind at the OLB position. Rich: Any ideas, best case vs worst case?

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      They just signed back Rob Jackson so they may be set at OLB.

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      • manchild157 - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        Still thinking that the team will draft an outside linebacker, I see Orakpo as a 1 year stop gap, may be very difficult to keep throwing that kinda money his way. Alot rest on health and statistical year he has.

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