NFL Notes: Nick Mangold, 49ers, Saints, Texans


Nick Mangold

  • Free agent C Nick Mangold said he thought the Jets would have been willing to work something out before cutting him but that proved to not be the case: “I figured I’d at least talk it out with the Jets, but it didn’t work out like that. But I’ll always be remembered as a Jet.” (Sirius XM NFL Radio)
  • Mangold added that the split with the Jets was “bittersweet”:When I didn’t get a chance to talk it out with the team that surprised me. It’s bittersweet.” (Sirius XM NFL Radio)
  • In regards to his recovery from his ankle injury, Mangold admitted that his progress has been slow: “We’ve been making the right progress, but it’s been a slow grind. Taken a lot longer than I’d like.” (Sirius XM NFL Radio)
  • Mangold was also asked about the possibility of joining the Patriots: “After all the battles we’ve had, I don’t think Bill likes me.” (Sirius XM NFL Radio)


  • 49ers GM John Lynch mentioned that their medical staff never expressed concerns about first-round LB Reuben Foster’s shoulder, even though other teams believe he’ll require surgery at some point: “Our medical team never blinked and never wavered about Reuben Foster’s shoulder. It is healing very well.” (Sirius XM NFL Radio)
  • Lynch added that they anticipate Foster will be a “full go” for training camp. (Sirius XM NFL Radio)
  • According to Lynch, Foster is actually ahead of schedule right now. (Sirius XM NFL Radio)


  • Jason Cole reports that the Saints will have U.S. Olympic sprinter Marvin Bracy in attendance for their rookie minicamp this weekend.
  • Bracy worked out for the Panthers last week but wasn’t signed to a contract following the session.


  • John McClain of the Houston Chronicle tells Pro Football Talk that there won’t actually be a quarterback competition this summer between Tom Savage and first-round pick Deshaun Watson, even though the team suggested as much.
  • Instead, McClain expects Savage to be the team’s starter unless he either suffers an injury or ends up being ineffective this season.
  • McClain added that Texans HC Bill O’Brien doesn’t want to a rookie quarterback out there unless there’s really no other choice.

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