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Practice Notes: Day 1 Rookie Mini-Camp


The Redskins kicked off the 2012 rookie mini-camp this morning with 62 rookies and first year players out on the practice fields at Redskins Park.

The breakdown of the roster was five first year players, nine drafted rookies, 12 undrafted college free agents, and 36 tryouts.

Players and coaches took the field around 10 a.m. for warm-up, gradually moving into team stretches.  Aside from 2011 practice squad players and 2012 draft picks, there were a lot unfamiliar faces on the field.

Practice followed the regular season schedule.  After a lengthy stretching session, the team broke up into positional groups and retreated to their customary positions on the fields.

In addition to the new faces in uniform, this was also the first opportunity to see coaches Raheem Morris, Ike Hilliard and Bob Slowik in their new roles.

Morris joined the team this offseason after three seasons as the head coach in Tampa Bay.  He could be seen guiding defensive backs around the field, pointing out responsibilities and demonstrating form.

Hilliard joined the staff this offseason after a season with the Miami Dolphins.  He introduced new drills to the receiver workouts, emphasizing routes, cuts and repetitions with his large group.

Slowik was on the staff in 2011, but will be working with the linebackers this year on defense.  During the open part of practice, he worked primarily on coverage drills with the linebackers.

When a light rain started around 11:20 a.m., the team retreated to the indoor practice facility for the first rookie practice on turf.  Practice ended at noon.

Not surprisingly, the players that spent 2011 on the Redskins practice squad looked very comfortable in the positional drills, due to relative familiarity.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III worked specifically with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who rans drills that emphasized mobility and throwing fundamentals.  He was joined on the field by first year quarterback Jonathan Crompton and fellow rookie Kirk Cousins.

Practice resumes tomorrow morning and will be closed to the media until Sunday.

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