Rookie camps are all about learning.
At rookie camp, dozens of young men step onto an NFL field for the first time. Some of them already hold guaranteed multi-year contracts and some have already cashed their signing-bonus check, but many will never get anything more from an NFL team than the bus ticket that got them here.
In just a few short days, rookies have to cram as much of what they're taught into their heads as possible and prove they know it well enough to show off every bit of their talent. They have a handful of reps to prove they "have it" physically and they "get it" mentally.
The best receive invitations to come back for OTAs—the rest go home, unlikely to ever return.
Who has "it" and who doesn't? Who "gets it" and who doesn't? Who proved they learned their lesson in rookie minicamp, and what have we learned from rookie minicamps?
With the help of local reporters who cover these closed-door practices, here are the most important takeaways from the first NFL action of the 2013 season.