The NFL lockout is affecting everyone. The players aren’t getting the repetitions they need to stay in shape, and further learn their coaches’ offensive and defensive schemes. The coaches don’t get the valuable time they need to assess talent and assign players their roles, meaning the team cohesion won’t be as prime as they’d like.
Of course, fans are affected because we won’t get to hear about all the free agency moves until there’s a deal done (if a deal will get done at all), and even worse, we might not get to watch as much football as we’d like.
However, there is a specific group that’s particularly hurt by this lockout. That group would be the new generation of NFL athletes: rookies.
The rookies are impacted the most because, well, they’re new to the NFL. They need the extra reps in order to familiarize themselves with a professional-football offense or defense, and it’s especially crucial considering the NFL is about ten times more difficult of a level than they had experienced before. The extra spring workouts and mini-camps with the coaching staff are necessary for success in the NFL.
There are, unfortunately, certain rookies who are particularly being hurt by this lockout’s impact on their development as solid producers in the NFL. These rooks are players who need those extra workouts and reps the most, whether it be because they haven’t had a ton of experience in Division I college football, or because the experience they’ve had isn’t suitable for a typical NFL offensive or defensive scheme.
So, here they are. Click away.