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Chemistry develops over 3 days
Question of the Day
“What did you see that made you squat on that route?” he asked.
That Beck got his answer was exactly the purpose of the players-only practices that team veterans hosted the last three days at a Northern Virginia high school.
The 39 players that attended the final session scattered to different parts of the country believing that the practices were an oasis of production during an offseason that otherwise has been lost to the ongoing lockout.
“I think we made progress,” said defensive captain London Fletcher, one of the main organizers. “Granted, we don’t have coaches out here coaching all the techniques and fundamentals to a T, but the basic stuff we can get accomplished out here.”
The Redskins last month became the first NFL team to hold players-only workouts. About 30 players attended those two practices. This time there was more structure, as veteran leaders had a better sense of what they could accomplish.
Members of the decertified NFL Players Association staff attended each workout, and one noted that the Redskins‘ practice was much more organized than others he has seen during the lockout. Media reports from around the country suggest that the Redskins‘ minicamp this week was one of the best-attended and best-organized sessions of any team’s.
Fletcher spent time each day in the defensive backfield directing traffic while holding a playbook and script, just as a coach might under normal circumstances.
“I just kind of felt like if I was a rookie that got drafted and I didn’t know what was going on, I would have wanted someone to call me and say, ‘This is the plan. This is when we’re getting together, and this is what our offense looks like,’ ” Beck said.
The veterans’ initiative impressed the rookies. After being exposed to the playbook, terminology and schematic concepts during the last three days, they expect to be better prepared for regular practices when they resume.
“It’s huge to come into a place where people have established themselves as leaders and say, ‘Follow me,’ ” rookie running back Roy Helu Jr. said.
Several players also emphasized the importance of the camaraderie built during the week. Because the lockout has put the normal offseason program on hold and prevented players from working out at Redskins Park, some team members saw each other for the first time in months.
There was linebacker Chris Wilson ribbing fullback Mike Sellers about his choice of a tank top for the first practice. Players whooped and hollered when guard Kory Lichtensteiger caught a touchdown pass during team drills Wednesday. And several players stayed in town to participate in a team golf outing Friday organized by tight end Chris Cooley.
Beck, in particular, benefited from the workouts because he practiced almost exclusively on the scout team last season. If he is to win the starting quarterback job, he needs all the repetitions he can get in the Redskins‘ offense.
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