Minicamp starts tomorrow, which means that there are a lot of players in the building today, greeting each other and teasing one another for how big (or small) they’ve gotten over the last three months and all that sort of first-day-of-school stuff.
There’s no football work today, but — like the first day of a new semester in college, when you do nothing but review the syllabus for each class, or the first day on a new job where you just learn where the copier and coffee machine are — there’s plenty of administrative stuff to get squared away. In fact, there’s enough of that to make today feel like the official start of the 2009 preseason.
The players are all scheduled to take physicals at specific times throughout the day, and as they complete those, a PR staffer wrangles them down to the racquetball court for their headshots.
These are the pictures that will be used throughout the season in the media guide, the pictorial roster in Gameday magazine, on Redskins.com, and in plenty of other spots, so it’s not somewhere you want to look mildly deranged. (See: former Broncos DE Josh Mallard’s headshot for example of how this can go horribly wrong.) To help prevent that, a barber has been brought in, and some players — including speedster Anthony Alridge here — are taking advantage of it.
Everyone is provided a clean, un-numbered burgundy jersey to wear; since the headshots are from the shoulders up and roster numbers won’t be truly final for months, un-numbered is the sensible, time-saving way to go.
For most guys — as with newly-signed tackle Mike Williams here — it’s just three photos (to provide some leeway in case of a blink or strange facial expression) and out.
Some players also use the opportunity to pose for future Redskins Read materials, hence Chris Samuels and Dr. Seuss here.
Lastly, they’re asked to review and update their official team bios before being allowed to leave, as Albert Haynesworth is doing here.
it’s not even close to being the most important thing that will happen in the next few days, but after months of speculation, rumor, and not much else, it’s nice to start getting that training camp feeling back in the air around here.
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