This weekend marks the second round of opening minicamps for hundreds of rookies across the league. Let's hope they fare better than the newly minted players did last weekend. At least that's what the coaches in Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, New Orleans, San Diego, and Washington are thinking as they put their young players through their first on-field action.
Last weekend was humbling, at a minimum, for the first-year players of 24 teams that held their initial minicamp just five days after the draft ended. Everywhere one looked another rookie was either cramping up, pulling a muscle or just plain losing their lunch on the field. Not exactly the first impression
Almost every franchise had some rookie issue pop up. If it wasn't first rounder
Here are the three reasons so many rookies had such inauspicious debuts:
"These guys thought they were practicing hard," head coach Jim Schwartz said of the Lions' rookies last weekend. "Our pace is generally three times as fast as what these guys were going through. . . . They didn't really have a feeling of where they need to be to be in shape. They think they're in good shape, and they have no idea once they get here."
And his advice for them in anticipation of the organized team activity practices later this month? "For the most part, it's not stay in shape," Schwartz said. "It's get in shape."
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Not at all. LaVar and I get along. I was mad at him for a couple of weeks after that incident because he swung my helmet at me and I felt like that went over the line, but I let it go. A lot of times guys in the locker room will actually laugh together about the fight they had on the field just 30 minutes earlier.
I probably should have mentioned Greene but I was focusing on all of the moves that the Jets made this offseason and Greene is not one of them. That said, there is a big difference between showing flashes of brilliance in the postseason and carrying the load for 16-plus games. But that shouldn't be a problem for him because according to all the e-mails I got from Jets fans, Greene is pretty much a lock for NFL MVP this year.
Absolutely. I'd be honored.
Thanks, John. Seeing a former first-rounder move on to become a doctor should be an inspiration to everybody. Not the typical career path that most people envision an ex-player taking.
It's a factor because of the familiarity, but more often than not it still comes down to money.
NFL blitz packages seemingly get more creative every year, and during a game each team usually runs at least one blitz that it hadn't shown previously on tape. Those are impossible to prepare for.