Yes, it’s 93 degrees outside today, so insert your own sweat joke here.
Earlier today, I bemoaned the fact that teams will no longer be allowed to run two-a-days during training camp under the new CBA. It turns out that I might be the only one who noticed.
Under head coach Mike Shanahan, the Redskins have traditionally only run one padded practice a day, followed by one that focuses more on timing, concepts, and walk-throughs.
“Y’know, to tell you the truth, I don’t think that really affects us a whole lot, the way that Coach Shanahan structures training camp and stuff like that,” center Casey Rabach said. “For us it’s not a big issue.”
A greater emphasis on player safety is one of the reasons why workout rules were adjusted under the new CBA. Rabach expects these changes to go a long way.
“I think for other players, obviously safety and health were a big concern last season and throughout this offseason,” he said. “And I think how they have it structured now will, hopefully, help us move past those.”
Quarterback John Beck looked ahead to how the rules will impact the game. While he expects the new rules to hurt the rookies, he thinks it will have mostly good effects on veterans and the game as a whole.
“Y’know, I think for the veteran player who have the experience in their back pocket, I think it’s a huge plus,” he said. “You don’t need to beat their bodies up going into a season.”
He continued: “Now, for the younger guys that need reps, and they need reps hitting, y’know that might be a little bit to their disadvantage. But the guys that are going to be playing on Sundays are usually the veteran guys. And to have them come in the games fresh at the beginning of the season is huge.”
Only time will tell if the new rules are good for the NFL, but it sounds like it’s something the Redskins can handle.
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