Reporting Vinny Cerrato
All NFL teams had a three-day minicamp within the last two weeks. What do you expect to see from the rookies? You want to see how fast they can learn the system. Are they going to struggle mentally? Do they look like, in person, what they looked like on film? Are they as athletic as they looked? Do they have a good work ethic on the field and in the weight room?
On the field: what does he have to improve on and what are his strengths? The impression you get from the rookies can change drastically when you put on the pads. Some guys will fall by the wayside when you start to hit. You find out who you can count on to help come game day Sundays. Lots of times the rookies that shine in rookie minicamp aren’t the ones that stand out in a two-a-day. Bottom line: don’t get too excited about the rookies. The minicamp means little until you see how they react when the hitting starts.