The draft is less than a week away. The schedule has been released. Teams are having volunteer offseason programs. As you can see, there’s not a whole lot of “off” in the offseason. Here are the latest NFL news and notes.
Ramsey responds to Coughlin
Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey responded to some criticism he was facing for skipping the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program. The criticism came from Tom Coughlin, Jacksonville’s executive vice president of football operations.
On Thursday, Coughlin called out Ramsey, as well as linebacker Telvin Smith, for being the only two players who did not show up for the program, although neither was mentioned by name. Ramsey then took to Twitter on Friday to say that the team knows why he’s not there, and that he will show up in shape when attendance is mandatory.
Earlier in the week, both Coughlin and head coach Doug Marrone had expressed a desire for 100 percent participation in the offseason program. However, NFLPA president Eric Winston was not happy about their comments and plans to challenge them. The next program for Ramsey and Smith to report to is mandatory minicamp from June 11-13.
Rosen “annoyed” by Cards uncertainty
For months, talk of Kyler Murray to the Cardinals with the first overall pick has been rampant. And their current quarterback and last year’s first-round pick, Josh Rosen, is ready for the talk to end one way or the other.
In a recent interview, Rosen broke his silence in regards to hearing Murray chatter and trade rumors. He said, “It’s annoying, but it is what it is. Football’s a business, and I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions.” He also talked about whatever decision is made, it’s his job to prove them right or wrong, depending on whether he is a Cardinal next year or not.
Arizona struggled and finished last season at 3-13. After taking over the starting role in late September, Rosen finished his rookie year with 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He was the Cardinals’ first-round pick in last year’s draft, where they traded up to 10th overall to select him.
Gettleman won’t force Giants pick
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman spoke to the media on Thursday and emphasized his strategy for going into the draft: Take the best player available.
“I’m just telling you, I’m not going to force a pick,” said Gettleman. “You can’t draft for need. You’ll get screwed every time. You’ll make a mistake.” He also mentioned their confidence in Eli Manning, saying that the veteran proved he had a lot left.
Several mock drafts seem to continue to believe the Giants will use one of their two first round picks on a quarterback, whether it’s Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Missouri’s Drew Lock, or Duke’s Daniel Jones. New York holds picks number 6 and 17.
Buckle up, as the NFL Draft arrives in just five days. Expect plenty of rumors between now and Thursday, when the action kicks off in Nashville.