With the second practice of rookie orientation completed, Head Coach Jim Schwartz was able to make some clear distinctions between Day 1 and Day 2 in terms of how players performed.
Having gone through the first day, rookies have a better feel for what’s expected, making less mental errors and feeling more comfortable on the field.
Schwartz: “The guys are a little bit more relaxed and that happens anytime that you start off. The first day they’re overly enthusiastic, trying to impress and don’t know the routine of practice, don’t know all of those different things and where they’re supposed to be. Quite honestly that’s why we do this, so they’re not doing that with the vets when they come back here and we’re able to flow better and work these guys in a little bit more.
“They adjusted in, they know the terminology a little more (and) we had way fewer mental mistakes. There’s definitely a comfort level. You can’t imagine how nervous you’d be if you had something you’ve worked your whole life to do and you finally get there and have that opportunity. That’s a hard process to go through all day yesterday. After they practice, all of a sudden you see football players again.”
One of those players is defensive end Willie Young, who the Lions picked in the seventh round of the draft.
Young: “You kind of settle down a little bit; you’re not so tense. The first day you’re trying to figure out where everything is. The second day comes around, you know (more) and you’re a little bit more comfortable with yourself and your surroundings. You kind of get a little bit of a feel about what the coaches expect.
“We picked the pace up a little bit today – but nothing extreme. It was a good Day 2.”
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