The Denver Broncos rookie camp has come and gone, and the next offseason activity is slated for May 21-23 when the full team assembles at Dove Valley.
This past camp, held exclusively for the team’s rookies and a few players who rarely saw action last season, was a great way to introduce guys to life as a professional.
“We had meetings last night,administratively, PR, how to handle social media,” John Fox said of what was on the itinerary. “There’s a lot of do’s and don’ts. There’s a lot of things to go over, not just football.”
Even though the veterans can help ease the transition, many players agree that it was nice being surrounded by men who are in the same boat.
“You think your head might be spinning, and then you look to the receiver next to you and his head is probably spinning even faster,” quarterback Brock Osweiler said.
The players received their play books shortly after being drafted, but until you step out onto that field, it’s all just X’s and O’s.
“Yesterday hit me kind of hard, especially with the playbook and going out there trying to learn on the fly,” defensive tackle Malik Jackson said.
“When you first get that playbook, you’re seeing all these different formations, and pass concepts, and runs, and protections,” Osweiler added. “To finally get out there on the field and kind of put it all together, I thought we did a pretty good job on offense.”
The coaching staff thinks the rookies did well in their first days as professionals.
“They went about their business well,” Fox said. “We had good focus and very good effort during the camp.”
Unfortunately due to new league rules, this year’s class of rookies won’t get as much time to prepare as rookie classes in year’s past, but they’re making the most of the time they do have.
“I’m sure they’re a little gassed right now, but pretty soon, they’ll be wishing they had more reps,” defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said.