It has only been a week on the job, but it has felt like a lot longer. After a successful and long weekend of rookie mini camp, we were given a break and treated to a Cardinals baseball game on Sunday. But Monday it was right back to work starting our phase 2 off-season program. This program consists of meetings, field skill development/drills, working out, and conditioning activities. Us rookies are having to play catch up with the veteran players who have had prior experience in the weight room program and also in the playbook. Therefore, we have a few separate meetings and instructions in order to close the gap before OTAs begin. The staff has done a great job working us into the flow of things, and this was especially important because we were still sore and tired from rookie mini camp. We were definitely walking around funny because of soreness for most of the week as we were getting adjusted. Flexibility is a big focus for us rookies as we have been continuously stretching and finished off the week with a yoga class. That was funny seeing all of us big guys doing downward dog and getting in weird positions. It must have worked though because now at the end of the week we are feeling better, walking normal, and caught up for the most part. We still have a long way to go, but now that we have the flow down and are more comfortable it's just time to work and gain experience. Next week we have OTAs where we get to go with and against the entire team, rookies and veterans, as we come together for the first time in competition. Until then a little rest and relaxation in St Louie!
-Student of the Game