Khalil Mack doesn’t report to start of Raiders’ OTAs

The Oakland Raiders open workouts under coach Jon Gruden on Monday without a key member of the defense present.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported pass rusher Khalil Mack is not in the building to kick off offseason conditioning, according to team sources. Rapoport adds it’s an unusual move for Mack.

The guess is the Yankees will go with Gray, then give German a first career start on regular rest next Friday for a series opener in Detroit.

Two double plays saved Montgomery from further damage. He left in the fifth after Danny Valencia hit a two-run, one-out homer to left on an 0-2, middle-of-the-plate curveball that pulled the Orioles to within a run at 5-4.

From there, German came on and used his mid-90s fastball to strike out five over 2 2/3 innings, but he allowed three runs in his 53-pitch outing, the first in the sixth on a two-out hit by Manny Machado and then two more when Santander homered in the seventh.

Head coach Jason Garrett insisted the goal is to get the five best offensive linemen on the field in 2018. Collins’ future earning potential gives him an incentive to want to remain at tackle. Whether he’s moved back inside will likely depend on whether Fleming or newly signed guard Marcus Martin earns his way into the top 5 rotation.

Five NFL teams with new head coaches open Phase 1 of offseason workouts today: Detroit Lions , Indianapolis Colts , New York Giants , Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans.

The quintet joins the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears , who began their program last week. The rest of the league kicks off their workouts April 16.

Phase 1 of the offseason program spans two weeks, and limits activities to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. Lions , Colts , Giants , Raiders and Titans players will begin working out at the team facility, and not much else for the next two weeks. Phase 1 is voluntary for players.

NFL Draft 2018: Will Giants regret passing on QB? It could be Super Bowl or bust

Imagine this scenario: Running back Saquon Barkley, defensive end Bradley Chubb , offensive guard Quenton Nelson all turn out to be annual Pro Bowlers with Hall of Fame potential.

At least two of the quarterbacks available at the top of the 2018 NFL Draft go on to have excellent careers, too.

Essentially, the Giants can’t get stuck with a bust at No. 2.

If that is the case, will they live to regret passing over a quarterback for the top-ranked player at another position just because of the premium value placed on quarterback?

“I don’t think you ever regret taking a great player,” Jeremiah said. “But when you look at the opportunity that exists right now — you’ve got a 37-year-old quarterback and you’ve got a pretty good group (of quarterbacks in the draft), and you are picking up there with a chance to get one — it’s tough to pass.”

The Cowboys and Jaguars both made big leaps forward after drafting Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette with top five picks in the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts, respectively.

However, the Cowboys’ rise also had a lot to do with a vaunted offensive line and an unexpected rookie steal at quarterback, while the Jaguars boasted one of the NFL’s best defenses.

“A position player outside of quarterback can certainly be impactful,” Brooks said. “It really depends on the way the team is constructed. I’m not necessarily on board that a quarterback is the only guy who can move the needle for a squad.”

That now seems like eons ago.

Davis revealed Friday that he received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. That makes him yet another example of how while you are at work or Netflix and chilling, there is a battle brewing in the NFL every second of every day over PEDs.

Thomas tweeted out a video to “share the news”:

“I was completely caught off-guard by this. I’ve never in any way done anything to try to intentionally cheat the game. It’s one of those situations where the NFL rules are clear. They state that you are responsible as a player for what you put in your body.

NFL GM on Rob Gronkowski: Don’t discount the Rams

Most of the talk surrounding the up-and-coming Los Angeles Rams has involved the idea of them bringing in Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade with the New York Giants. Now that others have joined the Rams in the OBJ sweepstakes, we have no real idea how that situation is going to play out.

But in an interesting turn of events, at least one NFL general manager thinks that the Rams could ultimately end up landing New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski instead of Beckham.

That’s life when you make one of the biggest shots in school history. Townes drained a 3-pointer from the corner with six second left to cement the team’s Sweet 16 upset over Nevada. Even Sister Jean, now the most famous nun in sports, had Loyola marked down for a loss in her bracket at that point.

I haven’t really stopped to think about how historic that shot was, but it was a pretty big moment and I’ll never forget that the rest of my life, Townes said. You dream about being in March Madness and hitting a big shot like that.

In Bleacher Report’s latest 2018 NBA mock draft, the Knicks landed Oklahoma point guard Trae Young with the ninth overall pick in the first round.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen Young mocked to the Knicks, but this one came with a twist that could potentially lead New York down this path when the actual selections start flying off the board in June: Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. went in the top six.

Carter, compared to a young Al Horford, has been a popular pick to New York in the back half of the top 10. If he’s off the board, a point guard like Alabama’s Collin Sexton or Young could make sense for the Knicks.

NBADraft.net compared Young to one of the best shooters of all time.