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Rookie Roundup: Former Oklahoma State players in NFL rookie minicamps

by Gina Mizell Published: May 14, 2012

Checking on some former Oklahoma State players who were in NFL rookie minicamps either this past weekend or the weekend before that:

Justin Blackmon missed the last day of Jaguars’ minicamp with a sore right foot, but is scheduled to be back to practice when OTAs begin Tuesday. “We saw what we had to see [the first two days] and got a good chance to install and be around him and him be around us,” coach Mike Mularkey said. “We just felt it would smart on his part if we just held him out of the drills and have him ready to go with OTAs. …Is it worth the risk [to have him practice]? Why push it at this point when we’ve really got 15 practices still to go [in the offseason].” (Via the Florida Times-Union)

Brandon Weeden is ready to compete with Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace for the Browns’ starting quarterback job. “Obviously, we’re all here and we’re going to help each other,” Weeden said. “We’re human beings. That’s really what it comes down to. I’m going to be asking questions to those guys. They’ve been doing it for a couple years. Seneca for 10.” Story also features some funny comments from Josh Cooper (who reportedly had an impressive camp) about a Weeden ball dislocating two of his fingers his sophomore season at OSU and about Weeden being mobile “for how old he is.” (Via the Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Here are some photos of Cooper (wearing No. 88) during minicamp on the Browns’ official site. He’s talking to Browns coach Pat Shurmur in this one, and getting ready to make the catch in this one

Markelle Martin continues to work his way back from the knee injury that contributed to his fall to the sixth round of the draft. He sat out afternoon drills on Friday. “It was a little frustrating (in the afternoon), but ultimately you understand that you don’t want to get out there and stress (the knee) too much, and then get fluid and be sitting out three weeks,” Martin said. “Being a safety is about being ready mentally and physically. This morning was a lot of physical work and this afternoon was more mental, just learning the responsibilities in all the situations. So I understand (the Titans’) approach.” (Via the Tennessean)

Jamie Blatnick received a $10,000 signing bonus from the Broncos. That’s tied for the second-highest bonus of Denver’s 13 undrafted rookie free agents. Former Kansas linebacker Steven Johnson got a $12,000 bonus. (via the Denver Post)

Sports Illustrated calls Johnny Thomas the Saints’ most promising undrafted rookie free agent. “Thomas is an athletic player who could slot in at either free safety or strong safety, so he’s of value for the Saints given Roman Harper’s and Malcolm Jenkins’ inconsistencies. He’s not a great tackler, but he will make some plays.”

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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