May 12, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Chris Polk (32) is interviewed after morning practice during rookie mini camp at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The area that nearly all college running backs are deficient in when they first come into the NFL is pass blocking. In college, the best guys are rarely, if ever asked to do it... but in the NFL it's a must if you expect to get a good amount of snaps. Fortunately for Chris Polk, he's got experience in that department.
"We ran a pro-style offense that had a lot of pass protection," said Polk. "It was generally the same thing just with different wording, so I have to put the same things to different words. The hardest thing for me right now is getting the raw concepts in and also going through the check-downs and stuff. All the different formations."
While he may be ahead in some areas, the Eagles coaches aren't going easy on him.
"Going in from college, you feel like you know everything but I'm just getting critiqued on the littlest things. I just really have to be a student of the game and perfect my craft and really accept the coaching and do whatever they ask me to do. Be the first one in and the last one to leave."