The latest news from the National Football League scene is plentiful. There are updates on Andrew Luck and the “Duke”. The Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden and defensive stalwart Khalil Mack. As well, Johnny Manziel and his football future. Odds to Win 2019 Super Bowl: Johnny Football update.
CBS and Yahoo Sports reported today that there are a dozen-plus NFL franchises sending multiple scouts to watch Manziel play in Texas. The report by Yahoo stated “Scouts representing teams from more than half the league have shown up in Texas over the past two weeks to watch Manziel practice and play.”
According to Yahoo Sports, “a total of 17 teams sent at least one scout to watch Manziel make his official return to football last week. Manziel has been in pads practicing with his Spring League team since late March. For his first game, which was held on Saturday, there were at least eight teams in attendance. And they might not have walked away impressed. Manziel finished just 9-of-15 for 83 yards and a touchdown in an 11-7 loss.”
The Silver and Black opened workouts under previous and newly hired bench boss Gruden on Monday. But did so without All Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Mack was not in the building to kick off offseason conditioning. According to NFL.com “Mack enters the final season of his rookie contract, set to make $13.846 million on the fifth-year option. The former Defensive Player of the Year and two-time first-team All-Pro is likely seeking a contract that makes him the highest-paid edge defender in the NFL — a title currently held by Von Miller at just over $19 million per season. Sides have reportedly engaged in contract talks this offseason.”
At this point, Mack’s absence is nothing for Raiders fans to fret over. Skipping voluntary workouts in which players aren’t hitting the field is sometimes part of the negotiating process. With the Raiders able to wield the franchise tag two years beyond 2018, Mack isn’t leaving Gruden’s club anytime soon.
New York Giants
Odell Beckham Jr. and New York Giants first-year head coach Pat Shurmur were together for the Big Blue’s first offseason workouts. NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reported that “over the weekend that Beckham was expected to report for the opening of the Giants offseason workouts”.
NFL writer Chris Wesseling wrote a Monday piece in reference to Andrew Luck. “After missing the entire 2017 season with a mysterious, lingering injury to his throwing arm, Andrew Luck is appealing to the Indianapolis faithful for patience as the Colts assemble for Phase 1 of their offseason program. Toiling through an extraordinarily deliberate rehabilitation program, Luck began throwing again in February. To this point in the process, however, he has yet to reach the next level of throwing “The Duke” — the NFL’s official football.”
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