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Redskins hold first OTA session on Monday

After a couple of intense and tiring minicamps, what do the Redskins expect out of their first series of organized team activities?

"I hope it's way scaled back," tight end Chris Cooley said with a laugh.

Following a week off, players reconvene at Redskins Park Monday morning for their first OTA session of the offseason. The practices are voluntary but judging by the near-perfect attendance at the last minicamp, most players should be there. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, however, is not expected.

The OTA is different than the minicamp, more so in the time commitment than the energy commitment.

"I think the intensity is going to be the same, I think the mental focus is going to be there," linebacker Chris Wilson said. "It's kind of like in school, any time you're learning something new, it's easy to focus because it's new and it's exciting. I'm looking forward to it."

The team will practice Monday through Wednesday and then break for the week.

"I think that it'll be much shorter days" than minicamp, Cooley said. "I think from about eight until 12:30 we'll have practice. I think it'll be more individual than team stuff. We had a lot of team drills in minicamp, so I think they'll scale it back to an 1 1/2-hour practice, not 2 1/2. A little less meetings and stuff. But it should be good. Everyone will be there and working hard."

The team is expected to add a couple of new players to the roster before Monday's OTA session begins. More than 20 undrafted rookie free agents attended the last minicamp on tryouts. The Redskins currently have 76 players under contract for next season and are permitted to carry a roster of 80.

For players, the minicamps and OTAs offer a glimpse as to what a Mike Shanahan practice will look like come late July when training camp opens.

"The thing Mike said is that he wants to be efficient, he wants to have a high tempo," Cooley said. "As far as what to expect, I don't really know. I know we're not going to be pads as much as we have in the past in my career."

Each team is permitted to hold up to 14 OTA sessions. The Redskins have scheduled their OTAs for May 17-19, 24-26, June 1-3, 7-8 and 10-11. The OTAs are not open to the public, and Shanahan is inviting the media to attend approximately one-third of the sessions.

The Redskins also have a third minicamp next month, which is mandatory for veterans.

By Rick Maese  |  May 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Mike Shanahan , offseason workouts  
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Comments

First to refuse to post because it’s not mandatory.

Posted by: 2ndtierfan | May 17, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: AlisaNyx17 | May 17, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, however, is not expected.

By Rick Maese | May 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET

Haynesworth isn't going to be there? This is big. I feel like this deserves a lot more than just a passing, one-sentence reference.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 17, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully the run of OTAs will reduce the Haynesworth posts...though I doubt it...

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 17, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

While sitting on the toilet, it dawned me that other than what I was doing at that moment, blogging was something else I did too much of.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 16, 2010 8:52 PM

Don't go, Moe! Doesn't have to be all or none. You could cut back. Three ways to do it. Reduce the number of posts by, say a half, to about 25 per day. Or keep the number of posts and limit the number of characters like a tweet. Or, finally, go back and get some of your old posts, paste 'em in, and treat us to four weeks of "the best of MistaMoe" or, as some would prefer, "the worst of MistaMoe." This stuff never grows old.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 17, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully the run of OTAs will reduce the Haynesworth posts...though I doubt it...

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 17, 2010 7:07 AM

Depends. When Jason Reid is posting, expect to see "Albert Haynesworth was not in attendance" perhaps in the headline. Then it will mention his total contract, how much money he's already been paid, what sources "close to Haynesworth have to say about it" and some veiled slur on Snyder/Shanahan/Allen for letting this happen. If it's Maese, it will be no more than a sentence.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 17, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

so, i counted 13 days of OTAs. wonder why we're not using all 14 we're allowed. or did they have one day's worth already?

the article said the media will be invited to "approximately 1/3" of the sessions. does that include today?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 17, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

First to refuse to post because it’s not mandatory.

Posted by: 2ndtierfan | May 17, 2010 6:40 AM

Lol!!! Classic.

Posted by: roccoskins | May 17, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Peter King this morning putting Redskins @ #20 in the league this year, top of the "Wait 'Til Next Year" category:

20. Washington. The natives won't be thrilled with 8-8, but there's lots of deadwood, and deadwood attitude, to flush out of the organization for Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen. If Donovan McNabb is his usual self, the Redskins will be in 13 games in the fourth quarter.


13 games in the fourth quarter will make for some nasty ugly blogging up here if they really end up 8-8.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 17, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Skins sign yet another Vet D linemen. Former Chief, Dolphin, and something else. Vonnie Holiday!!! He is a 3-4 D-end.

Posted by: roccoskins | May 17, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Celts, and Kyle Busch, not a bad weekend at all....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 17, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

20. Washington. The natives won't be thrilled with 8-8, but there's lots of deadwood, and deadwood attitude, to flush out of the organization for Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen. If Donovan McNabb is his usual self, the Redskins will be in 13 games in the fourth quarter.


13 games in the fourth quarter will make for some nasty ugly blogging up here if they really end up 8-8.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 17, 2010 7:58 AM


Get rid of the deadwood and add more brownwood!

Sorry...couldn't help myself.

But I would be happy with 8-8...expecting anything more than that is just setting yourself up for disappointment. Middle of the road in '10 and THEN expect a move up toward the top of the league in '11.

And I would dare say that if we are indeed in 13 games in the 4th quarter and end up 8-8, that ain't necessarily a bad thing. Chances are, that means we have a winning record in those games.

Which isn't so out of the question with McNabb and Shanahan running things.

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 17, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Skins sign yet another Vet D linemen. Former Chief, Dolphin, and something else. Vonnie Holiday!!! He is a 3-4 D-end.

Posted by: roccoskins | May 17, 2010 8:03 AM


He was also a Ram and a Titan...solid pickup if this is true. Where did you see this, rocco?

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 17, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

beep-beep,
i hear ya re the ugly blogging, but them being "in 13 games in the 4th quarter" doesn't mean they'll be leading 13 games and then lose the lead 5 times.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 17, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Bean's aged basketball team won and apparently he met guy named Kyle this weekend. Congrats buddy.

Posted by: mack1 | May 17, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

is the Vonnie Holiday signing for real? when did he sign? probably more training camp fodder

Posted by: monk811 | May 17, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Told ya beans -- C's in 7.

Take away Orlando's perimeter guys and they're much of nothing.

Magic got close in the end because the C's got lazed on D.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 17, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

He was also a Ram and a Titan...

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 17, 2010 8:16 AM


Whoa, this is a botch on my part...I was thinking of Kevin Carter. Holliday was also a Packer and played with Denver last year:

http://www.nfl.com/players/vonnieholliday/profile?id=HOL229554

Still don't see where he signed with us...send up a link if you've got one, Rocco.

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 17, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

yeah, I was surprised, red, I wont lie to you. If anything, I'd have expected the celts to get blown out, in the first game, but take the 2nd game....this..this is just gravy....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 17, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Here is a question for Jim Hasslett or someone who is teaching the academic parts of OTA's.

Have they considered when doing "classroom" style meetings and going over philosophy and the like, of having Albert skype in on a video conference?

Posted by: alex35332 | May 17, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: torqued21 | May 17, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Nice...thanks torqued. Love this signing. We've got really nice veteran depth on the D-line and regardless of whether Haynesworth is still here for the 2010 season, we'll need it.

Alex, I doubt that's an option...if Albert were about getting the information he needs for the upcoming season, he'd actually be here.

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 17, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

we've added a lot of d-linemen, it will be interesting who we keep and who we let go

Posted by: monk811 | May 17, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Have they considered when doing "classroom" style meetings and going over philosophy and the like, of having Albert skype in on a video conference?

Posted by: alex35332

That would just further piss off the guys that are there.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 17, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Have they considered when doing "classroom" style meetings and going over philosophy and the like, of having Albert skype in on a video conference?

Posted by: alex35332 | May 17, 2010 8:31 AM |

People usually only skype in on a video conference when they give a crap about what's being said and are hating that some unforseen/unavoidable circumstance has made their absense unavoidable. That, or they are being paid handsomly to be a professional. Neither seems to be the case here.

Posted by: MColeman51 | May 17, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Vonnie was a Parcells favorite who played at Denver last year -- played 16, started 3, but was unusually productive with 5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Definitely at the back end of his career but a reliable vet.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 17, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I agree Red. I can picture it now, Albert comes on the screen to watch the meeting, and has to turn away real fast to knock the pork rinds off his fat moobs. I wonder if he's smart enough to take the umbrella out of his pina colada to make it look like a health shake!!! Let's face it, fatty is on his extended vacation and he's too lazy to come in!

Posted by: monk811 | May 17, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Checking out the top 100 prospects for the upcoming college football season... ILB/MLB is looking WEAK... really weak.

Hopefully London has one more good run in him after this season, but something tells me this will be the season where his age will start to show.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 17, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I like the Holiday signing. I'm still hoping to see more competition brought in for the OT position.

Posted by: TWISI | May 17, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

That would just further piss off the guys that are there.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 17, 2010 8:56 AM

Also perpetuates the Gibbs/Zorn theme that some guys deserve special treatment because they are special guys.

This is Peter King's take on Haynesworth/playgrounds:

4. I think Dan Snyder is correct to be disappointed in Albert Haynesworth for not showing up for the team's offseason program, minicamps or official Offseason Training Activities. It's absurd that a guy who's made more money than any other player in football over the past 14 months is boycotting practice under a new coach with a new scheme. I don't care if the Redskins are morphing from a 4-3 to a 1-6, with Haynesworth being the 1. You take all that money, you've got to show loyalty, whether you feel it or not. By the way, congrats to Snyder and the Redskins for their record of revitalizing playgrounds and ballfields in the Washington area. The team finished its 25th rehab over the weekend.

I co-sign to both points. Playgrounds/ballfields here really suck. So does Haynesworth.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 17, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I should probably add that Vonnie Holliday played DE in Miami's 3-4 and was apparently a big reason for Jason Taylor's success at sacking the QB during a couple of his seasons in Miami. He was released in March 2009. The Broncs signed 3 Dolphin defenders around that time. Holliday's short stay in KC a few years back was mostly about the size of the free agent contract he'd signed, and the Chiefs' need to dump salaries.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 17, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

That would just further piss off the guys that are there.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 17, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I dunno, would they be more pissed that he is there 0% or 5%. Will they be more pissed week 1 when he is missing his assignments?

Posted by: alex35332 | May 17, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Holiday should add good depth, but Daniels and Carriker should get the bulk of the playing time at DE, maybe Gohlston as well, hard to see right now how much he'll play or how much he has left

Posted by: monk811 | May 17, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

two hooves up on the Holliday signing.

since I sleep while standing, four hooves up would mean that I'm passed out or dead.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 17, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

since I sleep while standing, four hooves up would mean that I'm passed out or dead.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 17, 2010 9:19 AM

Or doing it missionary instead of doggie.

Posted by: beep-beep | May 17, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Now, more than ever:

Beep beep!

Posted by: beep-beep | May 17, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

True, if Haynesworth shows up in shape and quickly grasps the playbook and beasts out during the season, all this drama about him not participating in voluntary workouts will be forgotten.


But we live in the moment. And at the moment Haynesworth isn't there.

I'm sure if they didn't fear getting cut due to not showing up at voluntary workouts, they wouldn't be there neither.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 17, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Holiday should add good depth, but Daniels and Carriker should get the bulk of the playing time at DE, maybe Gohlston as well, hard to see right now how much he'll play or how much he has left

Posted by: monk811 | May 17, 2010 9:18 AM

Haven't heard much about Carter. Where does he end up when the dust settles? He's got to still be a productive player for us. I doubt his trade value is very high now. Anyone know if he is slated to play OLB?

Posted by: mj25 | May 17, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Vonnie has been a good Pro. I'd like to see them get some hitters in the DB backfield.

Posted by: kahlua87 | May 17, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I just took a big Hanesworth...It was a two flusher....maybe thats what they mean by"he clogs the middle"

Posted by: tattoosbulldogs | May 19, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

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