Things move about 100 miles per minute for the NFL’s rookie quarterbacks, and there’s not enough time in the offseason training program for teams to bring their young signal callers along at a slow pace.
“It’s a difficult position to play,” Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said. “It’s not one where you come in and you’re going to be lights out. Not in our system because of the fact that we haven’t necessarily dumbed it down and it’s complex. There’s a lot of growth to it.
“There’s a lot of ground to cover within it, but I do think that (Kaaya) has all of the things that you’re looking for. He has the temperament. He has the intellect. He has the drive and desire. He has the personality for it. He also has the arm talent and so, he has all those things in place.”
Kaaya was asked by a reporter after a mandatory minicamp practice last week to choose one thing that he’s most proud of after his first couple months on the job. His response was a perfect glimpse into the rookie mentality.
“I haven’t had much time to reflect, to be honest, man,” Kaaya said with a small laugh. “I’ve just been trying to get through each day and learn each install.
“So far, for me, my biggest thing is to be able to look back at the end of each day and say that I corrected one thing or got better at one thing each day.”
Kaaya has a system in which he goes over film after each day and takes notes on aspects of his performance he believes he needs to correct….
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