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Practice Notes: Day 3 Rookie Mini-Camp


Today marked the fifth and final practice of the Redskins' three-day rookie mini-camp at Redskins Park.

For some of the 62 participants, it was the beginning of a journey that will lead to a successful professional career.  For many others, it was the last time they were step foot on a football field as a player.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan credited the development that the group made as a whole, learning the playbook and adjusting to instruction. 

"I thought mini-camp went exceptionally well," he said.  "It's nice to get guys and watch them go out there and perform."

This morning's practice was also the first open to the media in 2012, and it drew a crowd of local and national media outlets. Compared to years past, the media contingent was five-times as large.

All cameras were trained on No. 10, Robert Griffin III, as he worked under the direction of Mike and Kyle Shanahan.

Although the practices were non-contact, players looking to impress coaches exerted themselves to make the difficult catch and tip-toe down the sidelines.

From here, coaches will review the practice film and make their decisions, letting players know where they stand.  Shanahan has shown a willingness to retain tryout players in the past, saying that players will know within the next 24 hours if they will be invited back.

"We try to maybe get three, four or five players that we think have a chance to make our football team," Shanahan said.  "Obviously, we are a much deeper football team now than we were two years ago."

Those that remain will return for veteran OTAs and mini-camp later this summer, while others will be given the opportunity to tryout again.

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