Which Undrafted Free Agents Are Turning Heads in OTAs?

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Which Undrafted Free Agents Are Turning Heads in OTAs?
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After surprisingly going undrafted, Antonio Richardson is off to a good start with the Minnesota Vikings.

What happens in spring workouts won’t matter much when the NFL season begins, but they are important opportunities for some players—especially undrafted rookies—to prove their worth to their NFL teams.

OTAs, the first set of full-team practices of the year, are a period of learning and adjustment for rookies. So it’s not easy for any first-year player, let alone one who was passed over in all seven rounds of the draft, to stand out right away.

Nonetheless, some undrafted rookies have started to make a name for themselves this offseason, increasing their odds—which are long for most of them—to make the roster.

One should proceed with caution when digesting OTA reports. Praise from one coach or media member following a non-contact practice session doesn’t suddenly mean that player is ready to make an impact in actual games.

It does indicate, however, that these players are taking their chances to make it seriously and aren’t going to go down without a fight.

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