When the Redskins take the field on Tuesday morning, it won't be for voluntary offseason activities. The players will take the field for mandatory veteran minicamp.
The difference seems pretty obvious, but to be clear, all players are contractually obligated to be in Ashburn for minicamp. That doesn't mean, however, that all players will be in attendance at Redskins Park.
In past years, plenty of players have skipped minicamp, even knowing that would carry fines against their salary. DeSean Jackson made this practice relatively routine.
All that said, it's a new year, and a new batch of players, and a new batch of coaches. This is a new season and a new minicamp, and with that, plenty of new questions.
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- Attendance - It's always important to note who is there and who isn't at veteran minicamp. Expect some of the players that missed OTAs to be in attendance, with big names like Adrian Peterson, Jordan Reed and Josh Norman at the top of the list. Other guys working back from injury, like Trent Williams, still might not attend.
- Under center - All eyes will be on the quarterback, and particularly rookie QB Dwayne Haskins. Does veteran Case Keenum keep up his snap count? And is incumbent passer Colt McCoy back on the field for team drills?
- At center - While the focus will be on the QBs, until the guys protecting the passer are healthy, the offense will probably get crushed in the trenches. Last week during OTAs, an offensive line comprised entirely of backups got dominated by the Redskins defensive line. It got so bad that head coach Jay Gruden grew clearly frustrated and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula screamed at his players to lay off the quarterbacks. Great push up front is a good sign for the Redskins defense, but an incapable set of backup offensive linemen could spell big trouble for the Redskins offense.
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