We wrote a column this week about what teams will get hurt most in the lockout. But what players will lose out? (Other than the roughly 500 free agents waiting to get paid.)
According to Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome, the players that will suffer more than any other will be second-year players.
“This is where they get the opportunity to start from March to go all the way to Game 1, to work with coaches, to work with strength coaches and get themselves better and become better football players,” Newsome said, via the Baltimore Sun.
It makes sense. Rookies have an unbelievably long first season. They go from college to the draft build up, to the longest regular season of their career.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick always says the biggest leap a player makes is from year one to year two. That’s largely because a second-year player gets an offseason to truly recover, and then understanding the team’s concepts in the OTAs and training camp.
Without an offseason to build in 2011, the impressive rookie class of 2010 may not take the usual leap they should.