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TexansFanatic
05-13-2008, 03:35 PM
I understand that OTAs are not actual practices and players aren't wearing pads and there's no hitting, but...

I still can't figure out why a guy like Duane Brown, who stands to make many millions over the course of his career, would risk getting injured during OTA's.

Am I crazy? I mean the O-lineman and D-lineman are coming in contact with each other, right? The one-on-one drills seem like they might very well lead to a strain at the very least or a tear at worst .

Am I missing something?

infantrycak
05-13-2008, 03:40 PM
They buy insurance contracts.

TexansFanatic
05-13-2008, 03:54 PM
They buy insurance contracts.

Could they do the same for training camp? I guess training camp is different because that signals when they are actually becoming part of the team?

D-ReK
05-13-2008, 04:07 PM
Could they do the same for training camp? I guess training camp is different because that signals when they are actually becoming part of the team?

Training camp is a different beast. You have to be signed to participate in training camp, so if anything happens, they still get their bonus money, at least.

ObsiWan
05-13-2008, 07:05 PM
I understand that OTAs are not actual practices and players aren't wearing pads and there's no hitting, but...

I still can't figure out why a guy like Duane Brown, who stands to make many millions over the course of his career, would risk getting injured during OTA's.

Am I crazy? I mean the O-lineman and D-lineman are coming in contact with each other, right? The one-on-one drills seem like they might very well lead to a strain at the very least or a tear at worst .

Am I missing something?

This is how I figure it....

- The more you participate in OTAs, the more you are likely to know going into training camp.

- The more you know going into training camp, the higher you are likely to be on the depth chart. ...all other things (fitness, effort, injuries, etc) being equal

- The higher you are on the depth chart, the more money you are likely to command when contract time comes - unless you're a top-5/top-10 pick, which Brown is not.

...fire away
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