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NFL rookies with most to gain in training camp

Most NFL teams have their scouts attend the first few weeks of training camp before sending them out to visit colleges. The scouting department usually breaks down film of every practice, with each scout grading and writing a report on his assigned position. This is known as self-scouting.

My experience self-scouting taught me that rookies tend to struggle during the early portion of training camp. They don't know where to line up, they forget snap counts and they fail to make the correct pre- and post-snap adjustments. Fortunately for them, they usually get more comfortable later on; they think less, and their ability begins to shine through. The bottom line: Fans and observers shouldn't overreact to a rookie's struggles early in camp. Instead, they should monitor the progress made from the start of camp to the end.

Below you'll find 11 rookies to watch as camps get underway, guys who I expect will make drastic improvements as they learn the NFL ropes.

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Daniel Jeremiah

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