While some got a jump-start on summer vacation plans to exotic locations, the 2014 Washington Redskins draft class has spent its week in Aurora, Ohio, at the NFL Rookie Symposium.
According to NFLPlayerEngagement.com, the annual week-long event is as an orientation of sorts based on "the four principles of NFL History, Total Wellness, Experience and Professionalism."
The entire eight-member 2014 Redskins draft class has been in attendance, meeting legends of the game and soaking in knowledge of how to be a professional football player both on and off the field.
Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Warren Sapp were among player alumni presenters, and cornerback Bashuad Breeland, tight end
Bolser also posted this selfie during a Play 60 event at the Cleveland Browns' headquarters:
Hocker also met up with some of his former University of Arkansas teammates:
While Grant has yet to play an NFL snap, head coach Jay Gruden said he plays like he's been in the NFL for quite some time.
“He plays like a 10-year veteran already," Gruden told the media during rookie minicamp in May. "He’s very smooth. He understands route concepts. He understand depths and how important they are and how to set people up… Easy in and out of breaks, effortlessly."
Moses blogs from Symposium
As Moses wrote on sportsblog.com, he’s been talking with other NFL players about how to handle hitting the rookie “wall.”
“A lot of current players have talked to us about the rookie wall and having a plan for how to rebound when you hit that wall,” Moses wrote. “Because you are going to hit it, there's no way around it. We've also learned about things like how to get your financial bearings and how to be a professional...coming in every day and working hard at your craft.”
Moses was impacted by the powerful story of Chris Herren, a former big-time NBA recruit who played only three seasons before becoming addicted to drugs.
Now clean for six years, Herren told Moses and the rest of the rookies that it is important to understand what it means to be a professional.
“The Chris Herren story…really caught my attention,” Moses wrote. “It doesn't matter how many times you fall, what matters is how many times you get back up. You're going to have your rough days, your bad practices, but you can't take that practice back.
“It's all about what you do from now on.”