The trademark on their name isn’t the only thing being canceled for the Redskins this week.
The team was scheduled to conclude their offseason program with a third day of minicamp on Thursday, but they’ll be getting a jump on their pre-training camp vacation time instead. Coach Jay Gruden cancelled the team’s scheduled practice, drawing an early end to the offseason program with a reminder that the players still have responsibilities while they are away from the team.
“The players’ standpoint, they have to continue to train and work on their own hopefully. Most of them are professionals and they’ll do that,” Gruden said, via CSNWashington.com. “We’ll see when they come to camp. They should be in good shape but we’re still going to keep in touch, close contact with our strength coaches. They’ll have programs for them and hopefully they will do their work. And that’s what being a pro is all about. It’s about working not so much in front of your coaches but on your own and hopefully we have the type of guys in this locker room that are going to work hard on their own and hopefully it’ll pay dividends once we come to camp.”
Redskins veterans will recall similar treatment during Mike Shanahan’s time as the team’s head coach, although the Redskins likely hope that this year’s time off leads to better results than last year’s early end to the offseason program.