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Turns out NFL executives aren't sure what Kyler Murray will do either

Turns out NFL executives aren't sure what Kyler Murray will do either

Still don't know where Kyler Murray will end up? 

Us either.

But don't feel bad -- not even NFL personnel executives have an inkling on whether he will be a future baseball or football star.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Media reached out to some execs to discuss some of the prospects that will be arriving at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The intriguing ones were mentioned, which meant, of course, they had to discuss the Heisman Award winner.

One executive: "Murray will be the big story. Will he or won't he play football? How does he interview with teams? (His) Super Bowl media interviews were a mess. Overall, I think the QB field is wide open. Will one of them separate from the pack? That's what I'll be following."

Another: "It's a QB league and Murray is an outside the box prospect. Teams are anxious to get to know him. (The Dan Patrick interview last week) confused me. Teams want to find out where he is with baseball. Those conversations will generate a lot of buzz. Also, if he runs and tests, it'll be quite the show. He can fly!"

And another: "It's got to be Murray. We've all been told what he'll measure and run but I want to see it for myself. Also, it will be interesting to see if he's still so wishy-washy when asked about baseball."

Jeremiah isn't too surprised with the fascination behind Murray, and who can blame him?

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It's a very unique situation, but to see there are multiple executives worried about his decision can't be the greatest of news for them, or the A's. But to see prominent people in football using the term "wishy-washy," just adds to everything that already has us scratching our heads. They also weren't the only ones that witnessed that awkward interview.

You can relive that, here:

With all that said, sorry to report -- I have no, new news to give you. But it appears they have just as many questions as baseball fans do. 

A's prospect Sheldon Neuse honored for huge week at plate in Triple-A

A's prospect Sheldon Neuse honored for huge week at plate in Triple-A

A's prospect Sheldon Neuse is making a whole lot of noise with the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators. 

The infielder was named to MLB.com's Prospect Team of the Week on Monday after hitting .500 with two home runs over a six-game span.

Neuse had his nine-game hitting streak come to an end Sunday when he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Prior to that, the 24-year-old was on fire at the plate. 

Neuse, the A's No. 9 prospect, hit .623 with three homers over his nine-game hitting streak. 

Though Neuse has the talent to join a long list of A's prospect who could make their major-league debut this season, it will be hard to find a spot for him on the big-league roster. Neuse's primary position is third base, and that's clearly locked up with star-in-the-making Matt Chapman.

He does have experience at a few other spots, however. 

While Neuse has played 64 games at the hot corner this season, he's also played two games at second base and four innings in left field, the first time he's put on an outfielder's glove in his minor league career. There has to be a place for his bat, though. 

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Neuse has hit at every level so far as a minor leaguer. He's batting .318 with a .928 OPS and 11 home runs this season. Since being picked by the Nationals in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft, Neuse owns a .290 batting average with a .787 OPS and 33 career homers. 

Neuse is not yet on the A's 40-man roster. For now, he'll have to keep doing what he's doing in Las Vegas -- hit, and then hit some more.

Bob Melvin isn't sweating A's-Rays series split, anxious for road trip

Bob Melvin isn't sweating A's-Rays series split, anxious for road trip

The Rays were the team to beat -- and not just for the A's who split the series against the team in Oakland after an 8-2 loss on Sunday.

Brett Anderson received starting honors, but his stuff wasn't what it has been recently and skipper Bob Melvin even said during his postgame press conference that it was the first time all season he believed Anderson didn't have his best showing.

"It's frustrating from my end we could've taken a series from a team ahead of us, but I don't really dwell on it too much," Anderson told the media scrum following his outing. 

The A's put up a heck of a fight, earning the split against a Tampa team that is off to a hot start, but they're eager to get back out on the road and create better numbers away from the Coliseum.

"You always want to play above .500 at home -- we did that and you know, it could have been a lot better," Melvin told the media. "You go out on the road -- couple tough games in St. Louis and then we got four more in our division so the guys are looking forward to getting out and trying to climb up on .500 more so than we are right now."

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Following the Cardinals' series, the team has a four-game stint against the Angels in Anaheim.