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NFL NFL Minicamps Started Yesterday

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Post-NFL Draft rookie minicamps may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The Colts, Raiders, Jets and Buccaneers are holding their minicamps this weekend, May 7-9. All of the rest of the NFL teams will hold their rookie minicamps next weekend. The NFL did not hold rookie minicamps last season due to Covid, which may have cost S Robert Knowles, DT Pat Bethel or OG Joe Brown a chance at getting at least a NFL tryout last year. This year, the popularity of taking an additional year has changed the equation.

Miami's fourth-year seniors who will return for another “senior’’ season include wide receiver Mike Harley, safety Amari Carter, offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson, defensive tackle Jonathan Ford, and defensive end-linebacker Deandre Johnson, a 4-year vet grad transfer from Tennessee. Plus, these "sixth-year" seniors are the oldest veterans among the bunch of returnees: former linebacker now defensive end Zach McCloud, offensive tackle Jarrid Williams and star quarterback D’Eriq King. Even backup punter/master's degree candidate Matias Gasc, a walk-on who was a grad transfer to the U after four seasons playing at Stetson, remains on the 2021 Hurricanes Roster.

Among UM transfers, defensive end Scott Patchan at Colorado State announced he will be taking an extra year (an earlier thread here on CanesInsight about Patchan staying in school hilariously had a comment that suggested Patchen would likely be adding a side gig as a T.A. this upcoming year after accumulating so much experience in academia.) Rutgers tight end Jovani Haskins and Southern Mississippi's offensive lineman Tre Johnson are also returning for an "extra Covid season" in 2021. Defensive lineman Tyreic Martin played in Alcorn State's postponed 2021 Spring Season, but also remains on Alcorn's Fall 2021 Roster and is apparently taking another year. Quarterback Jack Allison also just wrapped up his postponed 2021 Spring Season at West Liberty, although it's not exactly clear if he'll return this fall. This leaves FAU's tight end Michael Irvin II as the only Miami-recruited senior whose eligibility was otherwise used up in 2020, who apparently isn't returning for the 2021 college fall season based on the FAU 2021 online roster. Apparently, Irvin hasn't been offered a NFL tryout this Spring either, after having only two receptions at FAU in 2020.

While QB King and certain others on this list may improve their draft status next year after playing another college season in 2021, the question remains whether many of these players could have diminished their chances at getting a look by the NFL as an undrafted free agent this year because so many seniors took advantage of the NCAA's offer for extended eligibility and remained in school (thereby lessening the depth of the pool of players available to attend NFL rookie minicamps in 2021)? This year's five 'Cane rookie players signed to NFL contracts look like they made the right decision in foregoing another college season. What will NFL rookie minicamps look like for these other potential ProCanes in 2022?
 

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Roster Rules for 2021 NFL Rookie Minicamps: No more than twenty (20) undrafted free agent (UDFA) players under contract, plus a maximum of only five (5) additional undrafted college tryouts, allowed in each team's May minicamp. Furthermore, tryout players will not be even revealed by NFL teams unless and until they have actually been signed to free agent contracts.
 
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