The Colts aren’t the only NFL team that has seen quality play from first-year players. According to a recent story in the New York Times, production around the league by rookies is at an all-time high this year.
Arians thinks he knows why.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt the [new] NFL collective bargaining agreement. The veterans thought they were doing a good thing by shutting down practices for themselves. Rookies were allowed to be here for 10 hours every day all the offseason,” he voiced.
“[The rookies] got all the reps they had never gotten in the past. From OTAs, the extra rookie practices, to rookie practices before training camp, our guys got 200 reps that they would have never gotten before the collective bargaining agreement. So it has really helped rookies.”
And then there’s improved coaching at the high school and collegiate level that better prepares young players in the nuances of life in professional football.
Arians thinks that high schools that participate in 7-on-7 spring tournaments help give prospective quarterbacks, receivers and defensive backs a leg up as they move on up the ladder.
“I think in the states that have [seven-on-seven tournaments], I think they have helped develop some guys in the passing game,” he said. “It’s a shame they can’t have 7-on-7 or 9-on-9 running drills in the summer, teach some of these guys how to block instead of just how to throw the ball and catch the ball. There’s no doubt it’s helped quarterbacks and receivers and defensive backs.”
No decision on Pagano attending Bills game – Since Colts coach Chuck Pagano has been undergoing his second round of chemotherapy treatments, no one knows if he will try to attend Sunday’s home game with Buffalo.