As I watch this video of Mike Smith, it occurs to me that he could probably do the voice for Santa Claus in an upcoming cartoon holiday feature. You just feel at ease with this guy, and it helps that he's saying encouraging things.
Also in this link from the official site, we learn that John Abraham isn't participating because of nagging ailments. I hope he hasn't gone Howard Hughes on us, but the very first minicamp of the year isn't the time to panic about a guy not practicing. All is well.