2019 NFL minicamp live: Best of rookies, veterans from around the league

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It’s early June in the NFL, which means it’s mandatory minicamp season. Nine teams — the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins — are in action this week.

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Here are the highlights from Thursday.

Pat Shurmur views Odell Beckham’s assessment of Baker Mayfield’s arm strength being greater than Eli Manning’s as “less criticism of Eli … more, ‘hey, he likes who he’s playing with.'”

– Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) June 6, 2019

A number of teams opted to cancel the final day of minicamp. Here’s what they did instead:

The Broncos players didn’t know it until team meeting a few minutes ago, but Vic Fangio has cancelled their final minicamp practice. Instead the team will have a “Field Day” with HR derby, chipping contest and other activities. The music’s already pumping here at the facility.

– Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) June 6, 2019

Here’s the best from Wednesday.

Don’t mess with @NdamukongSuh! pic.twitter.com/Kl1WzPqSOG

– Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) June 5, 2019

The throw.
The catch.

Manning 🎯 Ellison for 6️⃣ pic.twitter.com/VEgj01YfyV

– New York Giants (@Giants) June 5, 2019

Picture perfect. 📸@Young_Slay2 | #GiantsPride

Practice Pics → https://t.co/a76jO3AXYa pic.twitter.com/jqfIQmX63v

– New York Giants (@Giants) June 5, 2019

Got a couple of special visitors in the 🏡 for Day 2 of minicamp.

👋, Peyton & Archie! pic.twitter.com/IXttxhD3i6

– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 5, 2019

Who’s not at practice?

Trent Williams, T, Redskins: He not attend the mandatory minicamp Tuesday, letting the team know he wanted to redo his contract. The NFL Network first reported Williams’ desires for a new contract. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the matter was between Williams, his agent, Redskins president Bruce Allen and senior vice president of football operations Eric Schaffer.

Darius Slay, Lions, CB: It’s about the money. The two-time Pro Bowler is angling for either a redone or a new contract with two years remaining on his deal and because of it, he’s stayed away for all of the team’s offseason workout activities. He’s in the area – and has posted about attending charitable events in town – but as far as football goes, he’s trying to make a point with the leverage he has as the team’s No. 1 corner and possible best defensive player.

Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison, Lions, DT: Harrison was traded from the Giants to the Lions at midseason in 2018 and solidified Detroit’s run defense almost immediately. He’s 30 right now – and will be 32 when his contract expires after the 2020 season – so this could be one of his last chances to bring in real money during his NFL career. One of the league’s top run-stoppers, he has outperformed the contract he currently has. The biggest impediments for him getting a new deal are his age and that general manager Bob Quinn has yet to re-sign a player with two years remaining on his contract. But from an on-field perspective, Harrison and Slay both have points.

Here’s the best stuff from Tuesday’s practices:

🛫 @LeVeonBell 🛫 pic.twitter.com/73VVAElQRs

– New York Jets (@nyjets) June 4, 2019