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Breakfast: What is the purpose of rookie minicamp?


From meetings to practices, Texans rookies will get their first taste of life in the NFL this week.

Why is it important for rookies to have this time without the rest of their teammates present? After all, aren't players are already in the building for the nine-week offseason program?

On Monday, general manager Brian Gaine listed five primary objectives of this week's rookie minicamp:
1. Getting rookies acclimated to the Texans organization and the culture.

  1. To discuss expectations of rookies.
  1. To foster competition. A number of college free agents and tryout players will be on hand this week in addition to the eight drafted players.
    "We are going to be a competition program and we are going to try to improve the roster in every phase that we can," Gaine said.
  1. To learn the playbook and the expectations of the coaching staff.
  1. To gain an understanding of the offseason program. Once rookie minicamp ends, the Texans will be entering Phase 3 of the offseason program which includes OTAs (organized team activities).
    "They need to start learning about what we have to do from the expectations in our sports performance elements from our nutritional element, how to take care of their bodies, so that they can prepare for the grueling 16-game season," Gaine said.

Texans rookie minicamp takes place Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13 at the Houston Methodist Training Center.

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