An anticlimactic rookie minicamp

Posted by Darren Urban on May 22, 2014 – 9:49 am

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.


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14 Responses to “An anticlimactic rookie minicamp”

  1. By blakeucla on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren
    Anything on Antony Steen ? has he been in camp or is he still in school ? from what i have read before his surgery he was projected to go in the 2nd or 3 rd round.
    thanks, Blake

  2. By Darren Urban on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    Blake —

    RE: Steen

    Steen hasn’t worked out yet as he comes back from his injury. He is out here.

  3. By dan on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    What are the practice times, and is the public invited?

  4. By Darren Urban on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    Dan —

    RE: Rookie camp

    No, it is closed to the public.

  5. By Corgon on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    Hello Darren,

    how is Fitz’s hammy? Do we know something about it recently?

  6. By Darren Urban on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    Corgon —

    RE: Fitz

    Fitz is healthy.

  7. By joe holst on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    hey Darren

    do you think the plan is for logan Thomas is to sit 1 year or 2 years and possibly take over . thanks

  8. By Darren Urban on May 22, 2014 | Reply

    Joe —

    RE: Thomas

    At this point, the only “plan” is for Thomas to go at his pace. That figures to be at least a year.

  9. By clssylssy on May 23, 2014 | Reply

    Iit’s seems that pushing the draft back has short changed everyone but the Powers to be, and the shortened minicamp is but one example. The old football calendar was in place for a long time and a certain rhythm and pace was created impacting the way teams prepared for the season. I believe there is value in allowing the rookies time to workout with each other and the Coaches before being thrown into playing with the Vets as they won’t have the Coaches focus as much and won’t have had the extra time to learn to play their position NFL style. With the league’s continued focus on profits, I fear the product will be of a lesser quality and the preparation time being shortened for things like the rookie minicamp will result in not as many draftees being ready when it comes time for the big cut.
    Perhaps in light of that, the individual franchises should begin some sort of mentorship within the team to protect their investment. LET THE MAGIC BEGIN!

  10. By clssylssy on May 24, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren…
    Any word on what the status is on Deone Bucannon’s signing yet? Being our #1 draft choice I would have thought he would be a priority. What’s the holdup?

  11. By Darren Urban on May 24, 2014 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Bucannon

    There are plenty of No. 1s yet to sign. There is zero concern.

  12. By cardsalltheway on May 24, 2014 | Reply

    It looks like D. Buchannon will be signing a 7.6 million(or somewhere around there) 4 year deal sometime soon.

    2014 NFL Draft first-round signing tracker
    14 Kyle Fuller
    CB Chicago Bears
    4 years, $9.687 million

    20 Brandin Cooks
    WR New Orleans Saints
    4 years, $8.3 million

    23 Dee Ford
    DE Kansas City Chiefs
    4 years, $8.158 million

    27 Deone Bucannon
    SS Arizona Cardinals

    30 Jimmie Ward
    SS San Francisco 49ers
    4 years, $7.11 million

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