INDIANAPOLIS — So far, this group of first-year players haven't run into the much-talked about "rookie wall" as of yet. The "rookie wall" is a term that describes how players react to the longer NFL season. By this time of the year, most college programs have concluded their seasons.
"We address it all the time. I started harassing them [late last month] about the rookie wall and what to expect. It’s more of a mental fatigue than a physical fatigue. They’re all doing a good job of taking care of their bodies right now. They’re running fast and doing those things. It’s the mental grind, and this is when the big boys play, [in] December," Arians explained.
"What you did in November doesn’t mean a doggone thing. It’s what you do in December that they remember. These guys have a chance to do something special if they just stay in the moment and don’t worry about the future. Take care of their bodies, take care of each day."
By getting so much playing time this season, these rookies aren't really rookies anymore.
"They’ve logged enough snaps to be second or third-year players by now. So we don’t consider them rookies anymore. There’s no such thing as a rookie wall unless you got here three weeks ago," Arians said.