When Michael Wilkening put together a list of all the rookie minicamp dates from around the league this week, two teams had no dates to share.
Neither the Bengals nor the Giants will be holding a rookie minicamp this year and Giants coach Tom Coughlin explained why his team decided to go in that direction. Coughlin said that the team decided it would be more productive to get the rookies working alongside the veterans as soon as possible rather than taking a break from the offseason workouts already in progress to hold a camp for the new arrivals.
“It is integrating them right into the program,” Coughlin said, via NJ.com. “Certainly they’ll be right with our veteran players right from the get-go.”
With the later draft this year, teams have less time to spend with their rookies this offseason than they’ve had in years past. For teams that are also installing a new offense, as the Giants are, that leaves a lot of work for a relatively short period of time and the Giants have decided that doing both at once is their best path to success. If they and/or the Bengals do succeed and the draft remains later, there may be fewer rookie minicamps in 2015 and beyond.