The Washington Redskins wrapped up a three-day rookie minicamp May 5 at Redskin Park in Ashburn. The Redskins entire 2013 draft class, along with five first-year players, 12 CFA free agents and 48 invited walk-ons were in attendance.
“We had five practices. I thought we got a lot out of it. We got a chance to evaluate a lot of players,” Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said. “Our draft choices and our free agents that were signed got a chance to be more familiar with our terminology. Overall, I was really pleased.”
Third round pick Jordan Reed, a tight end from the University of Florida, was in attendance but did not take part in the conditioning or drills.
“I have a left knee bruise and I’m just rehabbing now, but I’ll be ready for camp,” Reed said. “I injured it in my last college game against Louisville.”
Three new draft picks stood out in the defensive secondary. Second round pick David Amerson, fourth round selection Philip Thomas and sixth round pick Bacarri Rambo all looked impressive in non-contact drills.
“I want to come in here and produce,” Amerson said. “I want to give it all I got and hopefully I’ll make a difference.
Several local players were in attendance, including first-year Naval Academy graduate Eric Kettani, University of Virginia linebacker Steve Greer and two University of Richmond standouts, strong safety Rodney Barnes and cornerback Darryl Hamilton, were invited as walk-ons.
“I think it went really well, I learned a lot,” Hamilton said. “I competed hard and did all that I could ask for.”
The Redskins will hold a limited amount of off-season training at Redskin Park before heading to Richmond to open training camp July 25 at the new Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.
When asked about the general mood of the Richmond area concerning training camp," Barnes said. “It’s definitely very exciting with Richmond getting the exposure and hosting the attraction.”
The Redskins have announced 17 days that the general public will be able to attend the camp free of charge. The 2013 Fan Appreciation day is set for Aug. 3.
Full training camp schedule is available at http://www.redskins.com/trainingcamp
-Photos and video by Michael "Moe" Murphy