Two days after working out in front of NFL scouts, including representatives from the Jets and Giants, former pro quarterback Johnny Manziel came to his beleaguered fellow passer’s defense on Twitter.
“This will probably cause an uproar, but I’m tired of the @Kaepernick7 vs myself comparisons and anger,” Manziel wrote on the social media site Saturday afternoon. “Kap is doing amazing things right now changing lives and donating millions of dollars. His impact off the field from a societal standpoint is legendary and straight admirable.”
Manziel’s tweet storm ended with a direct address to Kaepernick, wishing him luck in the future.
“I rock with you @Kaepernick7,” he wrote. “You’ve always been good to me and I appreciate that. All the best in your journey my friend wherever that takes you.”
Rosen added he had worked out privately for the Giants, Jets, Browns and Bills.
After saying he learned through Instagram that the Jets had traded up to No. 3, he demurred when asked if he believed it was because he had worked out for the team a day earlier.
With Donovan Mitchell stepping in, the Jazz haven’t missed a beat on offense, despite losing Gordon Hayward in free agency. Sam Forencich/NBAE/Getty Images
Mitchell’s timetable accelerated because of his aptitude. He showed the ability to develop new skills — such as finishing off one foot in traffic, a focus in his offseason workouts with Bryant — and instantly incorporate them into his game, grasping through film study the appropriate times to use his new tools.
“These guys dig in,” Snyder says of Mitchell and Bryant. “It’s that kind of cycle of ‘practice it, recognize it, use it.’ That whole process is what makes these guys good together.”
Bergeron ranked fifth in faceoff percentage (57.3) and first in short-handed faceoff percentage (59.3) and finished at plus-21 in 64 games played.
Kopitar, who won the award in 2016, led all NHL forwards in average time on ice at 22:05 per game. Kopitar often saw duty on the Kings’ penalty-kill unit, which finished tops in the league in penalty killing percentage (85.0).