WallerGeneral managers and decision makers from around the league are on hand in St Petersburg for the annual Shrine Game. Here’s the scuttlebutt making its way around day one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Given the tradition as well as the cause hopefully the Shrine Game sticks around for a while. But what happens if the game hits the financial skids and folds? I’m told there’s an idea being floated which includes players getting invitations to a week of practice and football drills that would last 3-to-5 days. Unlike other post season events there would be no game at the end of the week. Players invited are those who would not be receiving Senior Bowl invitations.

– More than a few people on hand have not been complimentary on the pending hire of Mike Maccagnan by the New York Jets as the teams new general manager. Sources say Maccagnan does not have the resume to run an organization as is required by a general manager. Many in St Petersburg believe this is a move by Charley Casserly, hired as a consultant by the Jets, to get one of his guys promoted. To be totally fair Maccagnan is respected for his evaluations of players and owner Woody Johnson did publicly say he would look for a “draft guy” as his next general manager.

– There is a belief here in St Petersburg that perceived pressure in Cleveland to have Johnny Manziel start at quarterback may keep potential offensive coordinator candidates from interviewing with the franchise.

– At the start of practice today I spoke with my buddy Josh Norris of Rotoworld and he mentioned the potential move of Darren Waller from receiver to tight end. I spoke with sources throughout the day and they told me if they feel its a definite possibility the Georgia Tech wide out could make the move to tight end this summer.