While some players around the NFL are using the break between minicamp and training camp for some rest and relaxation, others are using the free time to chase their off-the-field goals.
Tight end Joel Dreessen participated in the sixth annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp in Mt. Lauren, N.J., where he spent four days learning the business from talent, producers and executives from each of the NFL’s broadcast partners.
“Our days were jam-packed,” Dreessen said of the experience. “We were in meetings all day long. It was really cool because we’d go to a meeting about a different facet of broadcasting, whether it be how to set up the teleprompter, how to do the in-studio analysis or how to do a play-by-play call — whether it be on the radio or on TV. Then we’d do the out-in-the-field reporting. We went to a bunch of meetings about how we would do each of those things and take notes, then go put our suit and tie on and get a chance to do it. Then we’d go watch the film and get feedback from some of the professionals like James Brown, Greg Cosell and Kenny Albert. It was exceptionally informative.”
At the conclusion of the camp, Dreessen, along with Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson earned a guest co-hosting spot on SiriusXM NFL Radio this season.
Dreessen and Burleson became the first players in the six years of the camp to earn a guest hosting position.