In non-football-related ways, two rookies made headlines.
The first headline (distraction?) was the San Diego Chargers' own fault, and they did it on purpose. The team made an “organizational decision” to keep rookie linebacker Manti Te’o from talking to reporters.
The second-round draft pick made one appearance before reporters during the rookie mini-camp and then was withheld from press conferences during the first two weeks of OTAs. The team said it wanted to make sure people talked to Te’o about football-related issues.
While the thought process was an attempt to keep the conversation surrounding the Chargers relegated to purely football-related updates, the “Manti media blackout” became the story.
Te’o made also made headlines for attending a Hollywood party. While a former Heisman candidate attending a party may seem like a slow news day, things get a little dicey when the get-together in question is a publicity party for Maxim’s Hot 100 list, and No. 69 on that list is a fake dead girlfriend.
One concern about drafting Te’o was the possible media circus that would follow him. While it has been relatively calm compared to Tebow-mania, Te’o is still making waves for non-football-related issues.
Rookie mistakes usually come in the form of missed assignments, being late to film study or forgetting to carry the veterans’ bags.
Rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen made another type of rookie mistake, and this may be harder for fans to forgive than running the wrong route.
The first-year receiver from Cal posted a video on Vine where he was wearing a (gasp!) Oakland Raiders cap. He could have worn almost any other team cap and no one would have even mentioned it (well, he probably should not wear a Broncos or Chiefs cap), but wearing a Raiders cap is the worst.
It’s hard to imagine a New York Yankees prospect wearing Red Sox gear, but that is the equivalent of what Allen did.
Apparently Allen got an earful (Twitter-ful?) from fans and quickly apologized.
As noted by Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Eric Weddle talked to Allen about the incident, hopefully informing the third-round draft pick that fans do not care who you rooted for three months ago because you are a Charger now. Allen noted that Weddle told him, "Don't do it again."