Once upon a time, before the current collective bargaining agreement and before the draft was moved, rookie minicamp was a fairly significant moment. It served as the first time the rookies were on the field, usually just a week after the draft, and allowed the first-year guys a chance to dip their toes in the water before meshing with the vets.
It’s different now. With the draft as late as it is, the rookies got a few days of Phase 2 work in last week and are taking part in organized team activities all this week before rookie minicamp arrives tomorrow and over the weekend. Finally, the rookies will have individualized attention for a few days, before hopping back into the work with the vets next week for more OTAs. Already, you get a sense of where the draft choices fit in, which right now, means low on the depth chart. First-round safety Deone Bucannon is working with the vets on the main field with the second unit, and you figure the first-round pick is going to have a very good chance to start. But second-round tight end Troy Niklas isn’t doing anything yet as he recovers from hernia surgery so it’s hard to get a handle on his role. The rest of the draft picks have been working on the second field.
The Cardinals right now are expected to have 17 tryout players, along with seven draft picks, 15 undrafted rookies and a handful of inexperienced young players at the rookie minicamp.
Tags: Deone Bucannon, rookies, Troy Niklas
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