Once Maligned “Opportunity Period” Paying Dividends

Posted: 13th December 2009 by Richard Baird in NFL
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After James Davis was injured so early during an extended practice session that Eric Mangini terms the "opportunity period," many reporters and fans expressed outrage that players were spending extra time after practice to work. Mangini has cited the extra practice as a "well supervised" period in which players, especially rookies have a chance to work in drills. Mangini cites this period as a Belicheck practice method that also takes place in New England, Cleveland, Denver, and Kansas City. The past few weeks, especially last week, Cleveland has shown that the extra work in the opportunity period is paying off. After the San Diego game on Dec. 6, reporters and fans alike wanted to know who Evan Moore was and where he came from. Evan Moore was a practice squad member and was promoted to th ...

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