Rookie minicamps opened this weekend, putting players together on the field for the first time in the 2015 season.
The principal events provided the latest example that an NFL player's job is unlike any us plebeians pursue.
Regardless of how many times I slam my ring finger down on that stupid S-key that constantly gets stuck, I'm not injuring my digits to the point of needing a year's worth of rehab. And no matter how many times Brospeh McOffice stops by your cubical and makes your ears bleed with his shenanigan tales, you won't be missing 12 months of work with injury, sorry.
Playing in the NFL, meanwhile, comes with major risks, as we were reminded on the first day of minicamp Friday.
The Jaguars got terrible news when No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. suffered a "brutal" ACL tear during practice and will miss his entire rookie season. The pass-rusher -- targeted to play a major role in upgrading quarterback pressures -- was upbeat after the tear, vowing to return even better in 2016.
In the NFL, a season-ending injury is always just a play away, even in the first week.
Some other things we learned from this weekend's 26 rookie minicamps:
"He's been cramming like it's the final exam, and he's doing a good job of it," Smith said. "We've seen marked improvement from the moment we gave him his playbook. Jameis is a bright guy. He'll be able to get it all."
"He's got some Giovanni Bernard to him ... some Brian Westbrook," said Ray Farmer, per the Canton Republic.
Johnson is someone to keep an eye on this preseason as the Browns determine how big a role he'll play.
- Don't pigeonhole tall receivers at the outset. Both Chicago Bears wideout Kevin White (6-foot-3) and Carolina Panthers receiver Devin Funchess (6-foot-4) spent time in all three receiver positions during camp.
That's high praise from a reporter who has seen more than a few receivers jaunt through those halls Halas built.