Since then, the torch has been passed and carried by former linebacker Stephen Tulloch, former receiver Nate Burleson, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and, now, Martin, who is entering his sixth season with the Lions.
Donald is home in Pittsburgh during the Rams’ offseason work for the second straight year, but he reported to last season’s mandatory minicamp to avoid a potential fine.
This year, Donald doesn’t appear to be concerned about losing money by missing minicamp while he strives to become one of the NFL’s highest-paid players.
The defending NFC West champion Rams haven’t indicated whether they intend to fine Donald for missing the camp, but his absence wasn’t a surprise.
The team could fine him more than $84,000 for missing this camp, but it waived much larger fines incurred by Donald last year when he skipped the entirety of training camp.
When I spoke with him last week, I said, ‘If there’s not a solution to this by next week, will you be here?’ McVay said.
Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns had Mayfield working with the second team Tuesday, after he opened his first days of OTAs behind both starter Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton.
I just mixed it up, Browns coach Hue Jackson said. There’s nothing behind that. I just want to keep tinkering with that a little bit. I made a decision this week with the staff to make him second and get him some reps there and that’s just going to go as we go. There’s nothing to it, nobody should read into it. It’s an opportunity to go out there a little bit sooner than he has, that’s all.
Jackson insisted the number of reps each quarterback was getting in practice remained the same, but getting Mayfield work with a better grade of player around him can only help accelerate his education. And Jackson didn’t budge from earlier proclamations that Taylor was the starter (though all that really means is he’s the starter until Mayfield takes the job or he gives it away).