- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

Eleven weeks after they said their goodbyes following an ugly second half that concluded their 2008 season, the Washington Redskins reconvene Monday at Redskin Park for the start of offseason conditioning.

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and cornerback DeAngelo Hall are expected to be on hand after signing lucrative, long-term contracts - including workout bonuses - during the first few days of free agency.

Second-year coach Jim Zorn expects a majority of his players to be there as well for the first of the regular Monday-through-Thursday sessions. The sessions lead into the start of minicamp May 1 and the subsequent organized team activities in late May and early June. Training camp opens in late July.

“It won’t be a full house the first day, but it will be eventually,” Zorn said. “This is a good place to work, and it’s good for the guys to be here to motivate each other.”

Recently signed left guard Derrick Dockery and five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels - who won’t be able to resume full workouts for a while in after triceps surgery in December - are already training in Arizona and aren’t expected to be in attendance in Ashburn. Right guard Randy Thomas is about a month away from fully participating as he recovers from neck surgery in January.

For those players who will be at Redskin Park on Monday, Zorn and strength coach John Hastings have tinkered with the program, putting an emphasis on powerlifting with dumbbells and less on strength machines.

“John always wants to keep things updated,” Zorn said. “We still want to create explosion, power, strength and movement.”

Concurrently, assistant strength coach Harrison Bernstein will spend extensive time on the practice fields helping players work on their speed.

While he wished the Redskins already had their starting lineup set as it was this time last year, Zorn said he’s not worried that they still have holes at left defensive end and strongside linebacker more than two weeks into free agency.

“We’re still working on it, and we will be until the draft and maybe beyond,” Zorn said.

Zorn is still hopeful that the Redskins will re-sign left end Phillip Daniels and strongside linebacker Marcus Washington, the starters at those spots the past five seasons when healthy. However, neither is expected back without accepting a greatly reduced salary.

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