With NFL rookie minicamps in full swing, most of the chatter you hear around the league is positive. Coaches are usually talking about what a great job the incoming rookies are doing in their first few days. It wasn't all positive on Saturday, however, as one incoming rookie went down with an injury, and Rex Ryan wasn't happy with a former first-round pick.
The Jets selected Quinton Coples with the No. 16 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and after a strong close to his rookie season, some expected him to make a significant jump in 2013. Ryan, however, isn't very happy with Coples' work ethic, publicly criticizing him for his lack of effort.
"I'm a little disappointed with Q in the weight room," Ryan said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.
The Jets planned for Coples to start at outside linebacker, but Ryan said if he doesn't do a better job, he will have to compete for playing time. Gang Green Nation took a closer look at Ryan's comments and how they may serve as motivation for the second-year pass rusher.
The Detroit Lions were already without second-round pick Darius Slay due to injury, but the team's third-round pick, Larry Warford, may also miss time. As Sean Yuille of Pride of Detroit writes, Warford injured his left arm during an 11-on-11 drill during minicamp on Saturday. Warford stayed down on the ground for more than a minute, and missed the rest of practice. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the team will err on the side of caution but the injury wasn't initially thought to be serious.
Rookie minicamps are a time for teams to see their latest draft class in action for the first time, but are also an opportunity for players without contracts to earn them during a tryout. At least two players have done that thus far, as the Cleveland Browns signed running back Robbie Rouse following a tryout while the New York Giants signed defensive tackle Frank Okam.