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Posted May. 28 at 10:19 PM
As noted earlier in the week, the lockout is likely to have a particularly negative effect on rookies. A story in the New York Post highlights the problem for Giants rookies selected last month.
Fourth-round tackle James Brewer doesn't have a playbook, so his understanding of the team's offense is pretty much limited to watching TV replays of Giants games. "For me the hardest thing is not being able to get the playbook," he says. "Every day that goes by is a day that I was going to learn the plays and another day for me to understand them. If this goes on for another month, then do I report to camp without having seen a play?”
At least Brewer isn't totally in the dark. He's seen David Diehl on TV, and he shares an agent with another Giants' offensive lineman. But that's not much to work with in terms of building team chemistry.
Judging by the article, the situation for NFL rookies, many of whom appear to be working out at their former universities or near their homes, is even worse than expected. It's not a good situation for those hoping for major impact from rookies in 2011.
There should be some activity in the courts later this week, so hopefully something positive will happen. Because it's all negative right now.
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