Full-squad minicamps will open today in 24 NFL cities, and for some teams, it will give them their first extended looks at players they haven’t had much time with.
Because of the rule that keeps players at colleges on the quarter system out of camps until their class graduates, the draft picks from schools such as Stanford and a handful of others haven’t been able to participate in the scaled-back offseason.
Nowhere is that absence more evident than Indianapolis, where quarterback Andrew Luck has been away except for a brief rookie minicamp. Stanford teammate Coby Fleener has been back and forth while working on a post-graduate degree, but today they’ll line up together with their veteran teammates for the first time.
The stakes aren’t nearly as high for Denver defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, though he is penciled into the starting lineup as the Broncos desperately look for some interior push.
“I can’t wait to get on the field,” Wolfe told the Denver Post. “It’ll come fast. It’s just something that’s frustrating that you get punished for something you can’t control.”
The Cincinnati product has already signed his contract, adding a layer of ridiculousness to his absence. The list of affected schools will drop by one next year when Ohio State switches to semesters, but that’s no consolation to the guys who have been ready to work and can’t.