In my story today, with the Seattle Seahawks beginning this weekend’s three-day rookie minicamp this afternoon, head coach Pete Carroll says work ethic and the ability to retain and execute an NFL playbook will be two key things he and his coaching staff will evaluate.
All of Seattle’s 11 draft picks and nine undrafted rookie free agents are expected to participate, along with 45 NFL hopefuls.
“Always work ethic – the guys that come in to compete really hard, and that will put their best effort out there first,” Carroll said. “They’re not going to know what to do. They’re not going to know what’s going on, but we need guys to kind of run through the china shop and kind of knock everything down.
“We have chosen a bunch of guys that love to play the game. It’s really important to them, or they wouldn’t be on our board, or we wouldn’t be calling them in.”
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