The Washington Times - May 20, 2013, 08:34AM

The third, final and most intense phase of the Redskins’ offseason program begins Monday with the first of 10 voluntary organized team activities.

It’s the first time this offseason team drills are permitted under the collective bargaining agreement. That enables coaches to install the team’s offensive and defensive systems on the field.


It’s also the first time the team can require players to wear helmets. Live contact is prohibited, though, and no shells or pads are permitted.

Players during the last five weeks have participated in a strength and conditioning program, had meetings with coaches and performed individual position drills and offense- or defense-only drills.

The team’s 10 OTAs; scheduled for May 20, May 22-23, May 28-30, and June 3-6; are closed to the public.

Media are permitted to attend on Thursdays. Quarterback Robert Griffin III this Thursday is scheduled to address reporters in an organized setting for the first time on team property since he suffered his severe right knee injury in January. Griffin is expected to be ready for the Redskins’ regular-season opener on Sep. 9.

Washington’s mandatory minicamp is scheduled for June 10-13 and is closed to the public.