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Old 11-01-2017, 00:47   #1
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The NFLs OTA season is here. It'salways a good time to review the definitions of "voluntary"and "mandatory."The former refers to the workouts in late May. Mandatory describes the veteran minicamp teams will hold the first two weeks of June.MORE: NFL offseason scheduleFor help, heres what merriam-webster.com, the popular dictionary website, says voluntary means. It even uses it in a sentence: "Participation in the program is completely voluntary."It' Duke Riley Jersey s as if they know what time of year it is. Or, it's as if they know some player, coach, executive, reporter, commentator or fan is about throw a full-scale tantrum over a player mi sing a "voluntary"workout.Forexample, Derrick Henry, who was torn a new one last month by Titans teammate Jurrell Casey for not being on hand for the first day of the offseason workout program."It definitely puts that little check mark in the back of my mind and lets me know Hugh Thornton Jersey who I can count on, who I cant count on,"Casey said, according to the Tenne sean.Casey is worried about who he can count on in April, on the first day the doors are open.Henry was back at Alabama taking cla ses, likely because he knows he can't count on Casey to take them for him, since that would be ridiculous.No word on whether it was an English cla s, although Henry'steammate may be the one who needs one, because he may not know what voluntary"means.Mike Mularkey, their coach, seems to know he just also seems to feel the word should be synonymous with "mandatory,"because his reaction to Henrys absence was,"Maybe I used to get disappointed. I have no control over it."MORE: Impact rookies for 2017This is busine s as usual in the NFL. You don't have to be in the building every single day the rules allow, in sight of your coaches and teammates, showing them your commitment and desire. Its just that, if you dont, youll always feelnever-at-all-subtle pre sure to be there orto have an acceptable excuse.Even though, by those same rules, you dont need an excuse at all, nor is anybody entitled to accept it or not.Its old, and its tired. It should be mandatory for everybody involved to, just for one offseason, let that go.It isnt yet, though.So far this year, LeSean McCoy in Buffalo andRichard Sherman in Seattle went under the microscopefor not being there for Day 1 of offseason workouts. Itreally is part of the NFLs offseason routine do a head count for camps, OTAs and the like, see whos mi sing, dig for reasons, grill head coach and teammates about whats going on and what Matt Ryan Jersey itmeans.The disclaimer is always included: Workouts are voluntary, but ...It's exhausting. It needs to stop. It sucks up energy that could be applied elsewhere (for example,why Mike Mularkey is still being trusted with a young, rebuilding, contending Titans team led by a prodigy like Marcus Mariota).MORE: Should rookie QBs start or sit?It wont stop, though. The 2017 offseason is off to that kind of start already. The NFL has flunked another English exam.For Andre Roberts Jersey what its worth, Henry reported for workoutswhen he was done doing something that wasnobodys busine s but his own. Believe it or not, he showed up in great shape."There is no problem with Derrick,"his position coach Sylvester Croom said, according to the Titans website. "The guy was in school, he is here now, and he is working. So we are moving forward from there."The Titans, players and coaches alike, and their counterparts around the NFLshould have moved forward from this entire mindsetlong ago.
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