Near perfect attendance at initial rookie minicamps

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Roughly 10 percent of the league had rookie minicamps this weekend. Roughly 100 percent of the rookies showed up.

Attendance of draft picks, undrafted free agents, and other eligible players were near perfect for the Jets, Raiders, and Colts, the three teams that held rookie minicamps the first weekend after the draft. None of the small handful of absences were believed to be the result of rookies choosing not to attend.

The development comes at a time when the NFL Players Association has tried to persuade rookies to skip rookie minicamps and other voluntary offseason workouts. Multiple agents representing rookies pushed back against that suggestion, given the reality that presence and participation in offseason workouts will make the transition to the pro game easier.

For players taken in and after round four, participation becomes a critical ingredient to having a chance to make the roster.

So look for more rookies to show up for upcoming rookie minicamps, and for the offseason workouts that will follow. Given that, for every team, 90 jobs will shrink to 53, the new guys will want to do whatever they can to get one of the available jobs.

4 responses to “Near perfect attendance at initial rookie minicamps

  1. Every veteran who is not the elite or franchise player of the teams will want to ignore the NFLPA and show up to compete for the limited slots on the roster. If not, expect to get cut or beat out in abstention. Depending on each individual’s contract situation, it might actually be foreseeable who will be cut under those circumstances.

  2. It’s good to see the agents doing their jobs and not letting NFLPA speak make the rookies feel like they are cared about by the union…

  3. This is where the Union is useless for some NFL players. Many people don’t have superstar status, and because of that, things the Union is trying to do to make things better for them actually hurts them in the long run.

    During contract negotiations with the NFL, we see where the Union and star vets want all players to take a stand. Still, that stand doesn’t apply to the person who will be relegated to Special teams all their career and never make more than league minimum. The Union needs to rethink how they serve NFL players and understand the difference between Aaron Rodgers and a third-string journey man QB. The same rules cannot apply.

  4. Just another bad idea that will backfire on the NFLPA. Every veteran skipping workouts on the NFLPA’s advice is risking one of these rookies taking his job. Not like teams are afraid to load the team up with young guys. By the time Smith is done ruining the union there won’t be any “in-between” players left in the NFL. Everybody will either be a big star making major money or somebody on their rookie deal.

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