The NFL allows one post-draft rookie mini camp for each team to allow players to get assimilated with team facilities, offseason workout programs and to learn the ins and outs of the playbook. There are limitations, as all on-field work prohibits tackling, “live” blocking, shoulder pads, pass rushing and bump n’run coverage, but this is a weekend of learning and trying to get a feel for the organization. These rookies need to learn the direction of this new regime, they need to learn their surroundings and they need to learn the work ethic it takes to survive in the NFL and with the Buffalo Bills.
In total, 8 draft picks, 16 undrafted free agents and 9 roster players without a pension-credited season will face a quick and intensive 30 hours of football work this weekend. Who will grasp the playbook the fastest? Who will adapt to the NFL game the easiest? Who will shine above all other rookies in a Bills uniform? Well this weekend will answer some of those questions.
5 draft picks can already focus entirely on football as 3rd rounder, Texas Longhorns Marquise Goodwin, 4th rounder, Nevada Wolfpack’s Duke Williams, 5th rounder, Clemson Tigers Jonathon Meeks, 6th rounder Florida State Seminoles Dustin Hopkins and 7th rounder, Arkansas Razorbacks Chris Gragg have already signed their rookie contracts. History has shown Buddy Nix tends to get all of his draft picks signed before camp starts, so lets hope this trend continues. His only blemish was Marcell Dareus, but Dareus was only late to camp because the lockout stifled early negotiations to get draft picks signed.
So rookies, get learning, get working and get physical, because your first day starts today.
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