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Rooks trying to clear wall

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2011 – 2:48 pm

It’s the time in the NFL season where the rookies find out what being a professional is all about. NFL clubs have four games to play, when the college season has a three week layoff until the bowl seasons begins. It’s an adjustment physically for most rookies.

“I can’t speak for the other rookies, but I’m feeling that wall getting close,” said Marcell Dareus. “The regular season in college is over with and it’s Week 14 in the NFL and oh man it’s taking a toll. Trying to stay fresh is tough. Old injuries just keep recurring and your body just hurts.”

A lot of players take on the mantra of rise and grind, but in the NFL it takes on a whole new meaning for young players.

“Oh my gosh,” said Dareus. “That’s an understatement.”

Head coach Chan Gailey however, doesn’t believe it’s even an issue.

“I’ve never really given that much thought because we don’t really have as many reps in practice as they did in college,” he said. “I think when you combine the reps in the games and practice in college to the reps in practice and games in the pros I’m not sure it doesn’t come out pretty close for a whole year.”


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