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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Rookie Minicamp an Important First Step
It was only a week ago that they were prospects eager to find out what their NFL future had in store.
Ladarius Green’s rookie minicamp was two years ago, but he remembers it like it was yesterday. Looking back, he also realizes that it was a significant step in his development.
Veterans like Green have hammered home to their new teammates the importance of the next three days. The coaches have done the exact same thing, and their message has been received loud and clear.
Like Watt explained, the rookies were warned it won’t necessarily be a smooth ride the entire time. It’s never easy to play in a new system next to new teammates, especially when it is their first time on the football field in nearly half a year. Still, many of the rookies are embracing the tough portions as well, knowing it will make them stronger in the end.
“The veterans said it could get rough sometimes,” explained Ryan Carrethers. “It could get rough in the sense that it is the first time we’re out on the field in a while and as a team. And for me, I’m the only one at my position. But, that means it is a great opportunity. All eyes will be on me and it will be really helpful.”
When veteran minicamp and OTA’s begin in the coming weeks there will be 90 players on the field. Having significantly fewer numbers on the field this weekend will provide ample time for more one-on-one instruction. It’s imperative the rookies learn quickly because once the veterans join in, they will be expected to keep up at the same pace.
“I’m looking forward to learning more about the plays,” said Marion Grice. “I want to understand and learn more of the concepts behind the offense. I want to learn about everything, and this will be a great opportunity. It’s like a crash course.”
Finally, rookie minicamp is another significant milestone for these young players, as it marks the first time they get to don an NFL uniform.
“It’s going to be very special to wear this uniform with pride,” said Watt. “I get to put this helmet on with the Chargers logo, and it will be something I will always remember. It’s an honor.”