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Lockout hurts 2nd year players more than rookies?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, May 28, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    Lockout hurts 2nd-year players' progress
    Updated May 28, 2011 1:28 PM ET
    Brian Billick


    A great deal has been written about the potential vulnerability of this year’s rookie class should the legal circus that is the collective bargaining process between the owners and players continue through what would normally be training camp.

    There is no question that the contributions of this group of players will be dramatically affected as the process gets drawn out.

    However, there is another subgroup that no one is talking about that may have an even greater impact on the season — the substantial group of players entering their second year in the league.

    The transition from rookie organized team activities through training camp and into the season is well documented with varying degrees of success. The contributions of many rookies are easily quantified. But by and large, it is this crop of rookie players’ growth in their first legitimate offseason that leads to major roles on their respective teams in Year 2.

    I recently spoke with San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner and he commented on how he most regrets the loss of an offseason interaction with players like running back Ryan Mathews and inside linebacker Kion Wilson, both listed as starters.

    “Most players will make the biggest jump, with regards to become a real professional, in the transition from their first to second year. “ Turner said. “Going into their rookie year they are just in a constant fog.

    “But now that they have the routine down, and know what is expected, you see huge jumps in their comprehension and performance coming into their second year. Missing that offseason interaction with their coaches and teammates is costly.”

    The Chargers moved up in last year’s draft to get Mathews with the 12th overall pick out of Fresno State, but he was hurt for most of the season. Wilson was an undrafted free agent who was waived, re-signed, then put on IR. Both these players desperately need this offseason to take the next step.

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