10 NFL Rookies Who Need Every Training Camp Snap They Can Get
Going from a college football player to a football player in the National Football League has its obstacles.
Some players don't have to jump through as many hoops as others, as they're already well-adjusted for their roles. But then there are some players that need to work extremely hard to adjust and fit right into their new roles.
What could teams do to ease that process for rookies? Give them every single practice snap they can get.
In that spirit, let's take a look at 10 NFL rookies that need every training camp snap they can get.
It appears that the Indianapolis Colts, and much of the entire league, will be copying what the New England Patriots have been doing: using two athletic tight ends on the field at the exact same time.
For the Colts, they'll be utilizing the skills of Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen—both of whom are rookies.
So what does Allen need to do to get as many snaps as he can? Well, simply because Fleener has already developed a strong chemistry with Andrew Luck—as the duo dates back to their days at Stanford—Allen is going to have to develop some sort of chemistry with Luck if he wants to maximize his production in 2012.
The St. Louis Rams are in a rather tough position right now with quarterback Sam Bradford; they've been stunting his growth as an NFL passer due to the lack of talent at the wide receiver position.
With that being said, rookie Brian Quick is going to have to step it up this season and develop into Bradford's go-to man.
How can he start doing that? The Rams need to give him all the opportunities in the world to practice with Bradford so the two can develop a chemistry.
Tavon Wilson...wait, who? Tavon Wilson, safety for the New England Patriots that was shockingly selected with the 48th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft out of Illinois.
I was incredibly shocked to see New England select Wilson that high, as I had him rated as a fourth- or a fifth-round draft pick, not a second-rounder.
With that being said, Wilson is listed as a backup free safety behind Steve Gregory, but that doesn't mean he wont see the field. Because he was drafted in the second round, Bill Belichick and the Patriots must have some sort of plan for him—which means he's going to need all of the practice that he can get.
There are two reasons why Riley Reiff is going to need as many snaps as he can get.
First, according to the Detroit Free Press, Scott Linehan plans on using Reiff a lot this season—which definitely means that he'll need his practice.
Second, Rotoworld.com believes that Reiff could be used as a swing tackle for the Lions—which means that he'll be almost like the sixth man, playing both left and right tackle.
If those reports prove to be true, then Reiff is going to have his plate full come training camp.
Robert Griffin III
Don't get me wrong: I do believe that Robert Griffin III is NFL-ready, but he is going to need to take on the role as the Washington Redskins' franchise quarterback—which means he's not only going to have to produce on the field, but also be the face of the franchise and the team's leader.
And so far, RG3 has done a very impressive job.
One thing that really stood out to me is that Griffin III actually convinced several receivers to join him in Waco, TX, to practice prior to the start of training camp, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. And if you ask me, that's leadership.
Robert Griffin III is a born leader.
It might have been shocking to the majority of the NFL that Bruce Irvin was selected with the 15th overall pick in this year's draft, but he is without a doubt one of the most NFL-ready pass-rushers that this year's class has to offer.
However, he's not a typical defensive end, as he's strictly a pass-rushing end right now that can only be used in passing situations—which means he has a lot of work to do if he wants to be an every-down player.
We all can admit that Dontari Poe is one of the most raw prospects in recent memory, as he really defines the term "combine warrior."
Poe attended school at Memphis, where he certainly didn't see the greatest talent lining up across from him. Though he dominated at times, there were other times that I noticed on his game film that he would just disappear.
Josh Looney of kcchiefs.com reported via Twitter that Poe has been practicing as the Kansas City Chiefs' starting nose tackle. That means he's going to have to improve a lot—and the biggest help he can get is if the coaching staff can give him enough practice snaps.
Andrew Luck might be the most NFL-ready quarterback prospect that we have ever seen, but he still needs every single snap that he can get.
Luck is taking over the Indianapolis Colts, a franchise that was once ruled by the NFL's only four-time MVP, Peyton Manning.
Luck will be filling in Manning's shoes as the Andrew Luck-era has officially started in Indianapolis.
With that being said, Luck is going to need to be as comfortable as he can get so he can produce at a very high level for the Colts, despite the incredible pressure that is on his shoulders right now.
Stephen Hill should have a very big role in the New York Jets' offense in 2012, as the team has parted ways with Plaxico Burress and will now look for someone that can fill the role as the team's No. 2 wide receiver.
That player could be the Georgia Tech product, Stephen Hill.
Hill is one of the most raw NFL prospects that I have ever scouted. He is extremely athletic and is considered one of this draft's most athletic players. But he attended school at Georgia Tech, which is known for its run-heavy triple-option offensive attack.
There's no doubt that Hill has a lot of work to do from adjusting from the triple option to an NFL offense.
With Terrell Suggs sidelined indefinitely with a torn Achilles tendon, that means rookie Courtney Upshaw is going to have to step up big in 2012 for the Baltimore Ravens.
Upshaw was the 35th overall pick in this year's draft and has been projected as one of this draft's elite pass-rushers—and he's going to have to make that leap into coming close to elite in 2012 if he's going to fill Suggs' shoes.
So what can the Ravens do to help Upshaw? You guessed it: Give him as many reps and snaps that he can get. He is going to be the key to Baltimore's defense in 2012.
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