Shortened offseason not doing rookies any favors

Cannon (No. 61) helped TCU win the Mountain West.

Somewhat lost in the fray of the new collective bargaining agreement is the fact that the 2011 NFL class has gotten the worst of it.

Not only are they making significantly less money than last year’s class, but they are essentially walking right into the fire having missed an entire offseason, including OTAs that help prepare them for their first pro season.

At this point, not even every Patriot rookie has been signed, and the first preseason game is 10 days away.

“The players that haven’t had experience in our system, sure [it’s harder], they haven’t been here,” Pats director of player personnel Nick Caserio said. “But everybody has to get up to speed, and the goal is to get prepared as best they can and put themselves in a position that they make a contribution to the team.”

One rookie who won’t be rushed is 6-foot-5, 358-pound offensive lineman Marcus Cannon.

Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma right before the NFL draft, and watched his stock plummet. Cannon, who underwent treatment this summer, was selected in the fifth round by the Patriots. He signed with the Pats on Friday.

“He looks great,” Caserio said. “He’s done everything he’s been asked to do to this point. I think we’re all optimistic. I don’t think we’re going to rush into anything. I think we’re going to let that timetable sort of run its course.”

The lockout is lifted, so the team can communicate with Cannon directly about his recovery.
“Now we’re able to monitor him obviously a little more closely,” Caserio said, “have a little bit of a more definitive plan of where he’s going to be and what the timetable potentially could be.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting

Hurricane Odile injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands and smashed shops open to looters in the popular tourist area of Baja, Mexico.

National

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million…

By Lehar Maan(Reuters) - Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million…

National

LAPD investigates complaint from detained 'Django' actress

The LAPD is investigating after "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts accused police of violating her rights when they detained her.

Local

Number of New York City smokers increase, topping…

For the first time since 2007, there are  more than one million smokers in New York City, according to the New York City Department of…

Movies

Newsflash: Corey Stoll is still not a man

In director Shaun Levy's "This Is Where I Leave You," Corey Stoll stars as the oldest of four adult children (the others are played by…

Movies

If you don't like Simon Pegg's new film,…

Simon Pegg goes all out in "Hector and the Search for Happiness" as the titular psychiatrist stymied by modern life who embarks on a globetrotting…

Arts

Art in Chelsea: Don't miss these 3 galleries

We selected three sure bets for seeing cool art in the galleries of Chelsea.

Music

Robin Thicke blurs lines further with new 'Blurred…

"The reality is," said Robin Thicke about "Blurred Lines" in a court deposition, "Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."

NFL

Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.

NFL

Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.

NFL

3 things we learned in Jets loss to…

The wheels came off for the Jets, who gave up 21 unanswered points after a brilliant first 20 minutes in a 31-24 loss at the Packers.

NFL

Victor Cruz catches case of the drops in…

The Giants dropped a tough, 25-14, decision to the undermanned Cardinals Sunday in their home opener. And drop was the operative word of the day,…

Travel

World's most hipster cities: Top 5

Travel blogger Adam Groffman tells us his picks for the Top 5 most hipster cities in the world.

Education

The top 5 regrets recent high school grads…

College application season can seem like a blur for many students - as test prep, campus visits and filling out a seemingly endless stream of…

Parenting

Tech execs tend to limit their kids' screen…

You probably got your iPad before Bill Gates's kids did.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing: Daybreaker returns, Ray Rice jersey trade, Sweet…

  Now that Ray Rice is no longer with the Baltimore Ravens — or any other NFL team — after video footage surfaced showing him…