Austin Pettis feeling the effects of the NFL Lockout

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Austin Pettis plays at the NFL PLAYERS Premiere League Flag Football Game at UCLA on May 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Austin Pettis, the St. Louis Rams third-round pick in this year's NFL Draft, answered a few questionsfor the Idaho Press-Tribune this week. The rookie receiver and former Boise State Bronco shared his thoughts on Sam Bradford, being a rookie with the lockout going on and player organized workouts. Most revealing were his comments about the great unknown facing rookies right now. 

Here's Pettis:

It's been a little hectic. We don't have much order, I don't really know where I'm supposed to be at in terms of being ready for the season to start, so I'm just trying to stay in shape as much as possible.

In a regular year, people would be in camp, doing workouts and getting their playbooks. We're kind of behind the 8-ball. Coming from college you don't know how big the jump (to the NFL) will be, so I think it will be that much bigger.

Besides working out, Pettis noted that he and Bradford have been in regular contact. They aren't talking about the BCS either. Bradford is trying to teach him the playbook, routes and trying to get him up to speed on making the transition to the NFL. 

Pettis' comments about Bradford mirror what has been said about last year's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year before: smart guy who knows the game. 

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