Shrine Game -- Wednesday Notes

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Full contact practices for the Shrine Game are complete and all that’s left is to play the game. Next week it’s on to the Senior Bowl, but there was still a good amount of news at the players hotel in St. Pete.

Now that the declaration date for juniors has passed, expect the second half of invitations to the combine to be sent out in the coming weeks. I’ve been told there will be an unusual amount of offensive linemen invited to the combine this year compared to the past.

Several players have been told they are on the bubble, but those who play on the offensive line will have an advantage in getting the final invitations.

We wrote up Arizona cornerback Dane Cruikshank last night, and I’m told his schedule has been full of interviews over the past few days.

Interviews of note include the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, who had their general managers on hand to speak with Cruikshank.

Multiple sources tell me there were a lot of feathers ruffled when the New York Giants hired Dave Gettleman as their general manager.

Sources feel Gettleman was the favorite of former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi and was hired based on his previous tenure and familiarity with the organization rather than the franchise doing an exhaustive search for the best person for the job.

I’m told one of the reasons Gettleman was released by Carolina was that he wasn’t a people person and really did not try to ingratiate with enough members of the organization.

The agent world was caught off guard when it was announced Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield signed on with Capital Sports Advisors in Colorado for representation.

It’s a move I publically praised on twitter upon hearing the news.

I’m told Mayfield didn’t research the agent process until after the season ended and settled on CSA.  That’s unusual in the day and age when players meet with potential agents even before their senior season begins.

Mayfield is training at the Pro Active facility in the Los Angeles area.

I posted a tweet from the practice field alerting followers David Wells, the tight end from San Diego State, was taken to the hospital for x-rays on his wrist.  I’ve since been notified the x-rays were negative and Wells has a sprained wrist.

He intends on playing in Saturday’s game.