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Rookie Minicamp

Ralph Vacchiano gives an excellent preview/primer for what we need to know about the rookies at minicamp this weekend.

I disagree with Ralph on one point- you can sometimes tell about a rookie who is shot out of a cannon. He hits the ground running. The coaches and veteran players that get glimpses will sometimes (infrequently, but yes, it happens) gush at a rookie. I remember it happening with Shockey, where the whispers started here. It happened to lesser extent with Phillips last year, and his rookie year contribution was … to a lesser extent. If a player has strong buzz in rookie minicamp, it is meaningful. What does “strong” mean? You do not want to hear ANYTHING nebulous about the player. If the words are unequivocal, you can get excited. You’ll know the difference. If you have to guess, then it is not there. This has zero to do with them making contributions. It has everything to do with them making an impact, starting their first pro game. Contributing IMMEDIATELY. You’ll know.