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Lessons from rookie minicamp

First thoughts about Michael Sam, Sammy Watkins, Johnny Manziel and more

Originally Published: May 18, 2014
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

At training camp last year, I remember Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly saying he had more offseason time with college players than he does with NFL players.

With the tweaks the NFL has made to its offseason schedule, that's the new reality. It's mid-May, and 26 teams have conducted their first rookie minicamp. Four more go next week. With no contact and no pads, the minicamp exercise is more mental than physical, as signed rookies and veterans on tryouts learn playbooks.

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