Sean Mannion

Former Oregon State QB Sean Mannion re-signs with Minnesota Vikings

Former Oregon State QB Sean Mannion re-signs with Minnesota Vikings

Sean Mannion will return as the Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback. 

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Thursday that Mannion has re-signed with the Vikings for his sixth NFL season. 

The Vikings rested their starters in the 2019 regular-season finale against Chicago, paving way for Mannion to get the start. In the 21-19 loss, he completed 12 of 21 passes for 126 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. 

Mannion, a third-round pick out of Oregon State, played four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams before joining the Vikings as a free agent last year. In St.Louis/Los Angeles, Mannion appeared in 10 games with one start. He completed 45 of 74 passes for 384 yards and three interceptions with a career passer rating of 57.5. 

With the Beavers, Mannion broke a number of school records, including career passing yards (13,600), completions (1,187), attempts (1,838), completion percentage (64.6) and touchdowns (83).

Mannion, 28, will return to a quarterbacks room that includes recently-extended starter Kirk Cousins and second-year player Jake Browning. 

Sean Mannion joins the Talkin' Beavers podcast ahead of his playoff game against the 49ers

Sean Mannion joins the Talkin' Beavers podcast ahead of his playoff game against the 49ers

The all-time leading passer in Oregon State history still has a soft spot for his alma mater.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion joined Nigel Burton on the Talkin' Beavers podcast this week ahead of his pivotal playoff matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. They talk about how Mannion's NFL career is coming along, reminisce about the college days in Corvallis, discuss why he chose Oregon State in the first place, and then finish off with a game of this-or-that including "duck or get punched in the face". 

With the Beavers, Mannion finished his career not only the all-time leader in passing yards in school history, but Pac-12 history. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams where he spent four seasons. This past offseason, he signed with the Vikings to backup Kirk Cousins.

Tracking Ducks, Beavers and other locals in the NFL

Tracking Ducks, Beavers and other locals in the NFL

NFL training camps swing into action in the coming days so it's time to take a look at the familiar faces from the state of Oregon currently on NFL rosters. 

Below is a list of players in the NFL that hail from Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State, Western Oregon, Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon and high schools from across the state. 

The Ducks lead the way with 35 players. Oregon State has 22 players in the league. 

Teams most represented by players from the state are the Los Angeles Rams, a potential Super Bowl contender, with six, followed by the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles with five.  

Former OSU wide receiver Brandin Cooks was acquired by the Rams this offseason to give the team potentially one of the more explosive offenses in the league. The Rams also acquired defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh out of Portland's Grant High School. 

The Eagles lost former Ducks running back Kenjon Barner to Carolina during the offseason but gained former UO defensive tackle Haloti Ngata

Seattle is next in line with four players, three from Oregon, including tight end Ed Dickson

Below is a list of the known players from the state that are in the NFL. If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

 

 ARIZONA CARDINALS

None. 

 ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Sean Harlow, Oregon State, guard: The 2017 fourth-round pick enters his second season. Spent all of last season inactive. 
  • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Entering his 10th season. 
  • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Spent last season on Baltimore's practice squad. Signed with Atlanta on May 18. 

 

 BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. 
  • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: Entering his third season. Appeared in 16 games last season and finished with 90 total tackles. 

 

 BUFFALO BILLS

 

  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Entering his sixth season. Intercepted five passes in 2017. 

 

 CAROLINA PANTHERS

 

  • Kenjon Barner, Oregon, running back:  Returns to Carolina, where he spent his rookie season, after winning Super Bowl with Philadelphia in his fifth season. 
  • Evan Baylis, Oregon, tight end: Spent last season with Baltimore where he appeared in one game. 
  • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Entering his fourth season. Had 19 tackles last season. 

 

 CHICAGO BEARS

  • Tanner Carew, Oregon, long snapper: Undrafted rookie free agent was cut by Seattle and then signed by the Bears. 
  • Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, center: Entering his fourth season. 
  • Kyle Long, Oregon, guard: Entering his sixth season. A three-time Pro Bowl player. 
  • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. 

 

 CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

  • Jake Fisher, Oregon, offensive tackle: Entering his fourth season. Has started 11 career games. 

 

 CLEVELAND BROWNS

 

  • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon, defensive back: Intercepted four passes last season for Kansas City. 
  • Fred Lauina, Oregon State, offensive line: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in May. 

 

 DALLAS COWBOYS

 

  • Tyree Robinson, Oregon, safety: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. 

 

 DENVER BRONCOS

  • Royce Freeman, Oregon, running back: Denver selected Oregon's all-time leading rusher in the third round last spring. 
  • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Entering second season. Appeared in six games last season. 

 

 DETROIT LIONS

 

  • Jace Billingsley, Eastern Oregon, wide receiver: Appeared in two games last season. 
  • LeGarrette Blount, Oregon, running back: Rushed for 766 yards last season for the Super Bowl champion Eagles. 
  • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, offensive tackle: Selected in the fifth round last spring. 
  • DeShawn Shead, Portland State, defensive back: Shead missed most of last season with Seattle with a knee injury suffered the year before. 

 

 GREEN BAY PACKERS 

None. 

 

 HOUSTON TEXANS

 

  • Treston Decoud, Oregon State, cornerback: Entering his second year. Appeared in 10 games last season. 
  • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Entering his third season. Appeared in 18 games over the past two seasons. 

 

 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

 

None. 

 

 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

 

  • Tim Cook, Oregon State, running back: The undrafted rookie free agent in 2017 is entering his second season. 
  • Manase Hungalu, Oregon State, linebacker: Undrafted rookie free agent. 

 

KANSAS CITY

 

  • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Entering his fourth season. Nelson has appeared in 36 career games. 
  • Arrion Springs, Oregon, defensive back: Undrafted rookie free agent. 
  • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, wide receiver: Entering his fifth season. Has 61 career receptions. 

 

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

 

  • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Entering his fourth season. Has 1,877 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns for his career. 

 

LOS ANGELES RAMS

 

  • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: On his third team in five years. Has three seasons of 1,000 receiving yards or more for his career. 
  • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: The four-time Pro Bowler enters his seventh season. Averaged 47.9 yards per punt last season. 
  • Troy Hill, Oregon, defensive back: Entering his fourth season. Hill has appeared in 24 NFL games. 
  • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Entering his third season. 
  • Johnny Mundt, Oregon, tight end: Undrafted rookie free agent. 
  • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: The five-time Pro Bowler joined the Rams over the offseason. 

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

 

  • Kiko Alonso, Oregon, linebacker: The sixth-year pro had 115 tackles last season. 

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

 

  • Josh Andrews, Oregon State, guard: Spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad. 
  • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Entering his sixth season in the NFL. 

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

  • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Entering his sixth season, all with the Patriots. Has a career punting average of 45.3 yards. 
  • Patrick Chung, Oregon, safety: Entering his 10th season, eighth with the Patriots. 
  • Eddie Pleasant, Oregon, safety: Recently signed with New England. Spent six seasons with Houston. 

 

 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

 

  • Josh Huff, Oregon, wide receiver: Entering his fourth season, first with the Saints. 
  • Henry Mondeaux, Oregon, defensive line: Undrafted rookie free agent. 
  • Max Unger, Oregon, center: The two-time Pro Bowl player is entering his ninth season. 

 

 NEW YORK GIANTS

 

  • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon, running back: Rushed for 7,318 yards in 10 seasons with Carolina. 
  • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made 18 of 25 field goal attempts last season. 

 

NEW YORK JETS

 

  • Obum Gwacham, Oregon State, linebacker:  Entering his fourth season. Has appeared in 14 NFL games. 

 

 OAKLAND RAIDERS

 

  • Cameron Hunt, Oregon, offensive line: Spent last season on the 49ers' practice squad. Signed with Oakland in May. 
  • Pharaoh Brown, Oregon, tight end: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent last year. Spent most of the season on the team's practice squad. 

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

  • Taylor Hart, Oregon, offensive tackle:  Entering his fifth season. Began his career as a defensive lineman. 
  • Haloti Ngata, Oregon, defensive tackle: The five-time Pro Bowler is entering his 13th season. 
  • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, guard: Entering his third season. Has appeared in 23 games. 
  • Joe Walker, Oregon, linebacker: Appeared in 12 games as a rookie last season. 
  • Marcus Wheaton, Oregon State, wide receiver: Entering his sixth season. Spent last year with the Bears. 

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

 

  • Kameron Canaday, Portland State, long snapper: Appeared in 16 games last season.  Entering his third year. 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

 

  • Arik Armstead, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his fourth season. The former first-round pick appeared in just six games last year. 
  • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver:  Had 396 yards on kick off returns last season.
  • DeForest Buckner, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his second year after making 45 tackles last season. 

 

 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 

  • D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, linebacker: Entering his fourth season. Has 34 career tackles in 44 games. 
  • Ed Dickson, Oregon, tight end: Entering his ninth season. Caught 30 passes for 437 yards last season. 
  • Dion Jordan, Oregon, defensive end: Entering his second season with Seattle. Had for sacks in five games last season. 

 

 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

 

  • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Entering his eighth season. Rushed for 244 yards last season with the Buccaneers.  

 

 TENNESSEE TITANS

 

  • Marcus Mariota, Oregon, quarterback: Entering his fourth season. Had a career low 13 touchdown passes last season. 

 

 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  • Alex Balducci, Oregon (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), offensive line: Originally with San Francisco as an undrafted rookie free agent. 
  • Byron Marshall, Oregon, running back: Entering third season, second with Washington.  

 

It appears Mannion has beaten out Goff for Rams' backup QB job

It appears Mannion has beaten out Goff for Rams' backup QB job

The Los Angeles Rams paid a high price to move up in the draft to make former California quarterback Jared Goff the first pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

But if you've been paying attention, you know that Goff has not had a very solid exhibition season for the Rams. And while this story seems to think that it's "shocking" that Goff couldn't pass Sean Mannion on the depth chart or even be the starter ahead of Case Keenum, Goff's performance in the exhibition season has not merited any sort of immediate playing time.

In fact, having seen Mannion in college, I've felt Mannion -- the ex-Oregon State star -- had a chance to be a pretty good pro. I was never that sold on Goff. So far, the Rams aren't, either.

NFL Training Camps: A look at the young Beavers

NFL Training Camps: A look at the young Beavers

With training camp in full swing I figure there was no better time to take a look around the league and see how some former Oregon State Beavers are performing.

For this particular piece we will look at some on the younger Beavers. There is no need to talk about players like Brandin Cooks, Derek Anderson, or Brandon Browner, as we all know how well those guys are doing. Instead we will look at some young bucks; players who are making noise, turning heads, and battling for a position on the depth chart. Let’s take a look.

Sean Mannion –

The second year quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams is a lock to be at least third on the depth chart, and depending on how Case Keenum and Jarod Goff perform, could realistically slide into the No.2 spot. Goff is the starter of the future for the Rams, so the real question is who is the true backup; Keenum or Mannion?

Mannion continues to improve, and has garnered some high praise from teammates early in camp.

Via Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Times:

“Everything’s slower to him now,” said receiver Bradley Marquez, who caught two of Mannion’s six career completions. “He’s able to know the plays, so in the huddle, he commands that respect when he comes in there. He’s coming in with confidence, telling everybody what they’re gonna do.”

…“From last year to right now,” said punter Johnny Hekker, “he’s leaps and bounds ahead of where he was.”

While it may not be this season, Mannion may end up being the Rams backup of the future. Mannion played in just one game for the Rams last season, going 6-7 for 31-yards. In four years at OSU, Mannion amassed 13,600 yards passing and 83 touchdowns.

Connor Hamlett -

Hamlett has yet to play a snap in the NFL since leaving OSU in 2014, but that could change this year. Hamlett has been a standout at Browns camp, and is the favorite to be named the backup to Pro Bowler Gary Barnidge.

Via Patrick Maks of ClevelandBrowns.com:

“He’s done great. That guy is tall,” head coach Hue Jackson said, laughing. “He’s got long arms. You can kind of throw it up there and he goes and gets it. He’s done a great job. I’ve been really pleased with him.

“One thing about him, the guy is really accountable. He’s always here. He’s always out here competing. I’m very, very impressed with the things he has done.”

Tight Ends coach Greg Seamon had the following to say with regard to the position battle at backup TE:

“Connor is a long, tall, spidery guy with excellent hands. He’s very smart,” Seamon said.

“We’ll see how it plays out. Right now, those jobs are available. What we’re attempting to do in practice is give everybody enough repetitions at all the various spots so that when we get to the games, they can go in and show what they can do.”

Hamlett played in 34 games at OSU, amassing 1,109 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.          

Isaac Seumalo –

The third round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles is playing catch up at Eagles Camp. Due to Oregon State’s quarter system, and ridiculous NCAA rules, Seumalo missed Philadelphia’s OTAs this spring. Now that he is with the team, he is a little behind the eight ball. However, with a world of potential in front of him, the hill should be easy to climb Seumalo. When healthy he showed Pac-12 foes why he was a top-round pick, and if not for those lingering injuries he may have been drafted even higher. But Seumalo is ready to battle.

Via Les Bowen of Philly.com:

"It's a tough drill. The NFL's no joke," Seumalo said. "You gotta bring it and be near-perfect every time you go, if you wanna win, and even then, it's hard. I just look for improvement."

             Seumalo said he knows the only way to get better is to be "really objective and coachable."

…"I expect that out of myself, to compete, but most importantly, get better every day," Seumalo said. "I don't make the depth chart. The best five will play. If that's me, I'm excited. If not, I'm still excited."

Seumalo is currently listed as the back up to nine-year veteran Allen Barbre at Left Guard, and with the Eagles projected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Seumalo get some playing time this season.           

Steven Nelson –

Nelson was a stud at Oregon State, grabbing eight interceptions and making 122 tackles in just two seasons in Corvallis. His ability to shut down some of the best receivers in the Pac-12 was a big reason the Chiefs picked him up in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Chiefs have a young, talented defensive backfield making snaps hard to come by for Nelson in 2015. However, he still managed to make an impact, playing in 12 games for KC. 

Nelson really started to find his groove late in the season, and if that upward trend continues he will easily crack the lineup for the Chiefs.

Via of J Kissel of Chiefs.com:

Throughout offseason workouts this year, Nelson has been one of the standouts for the Chiefs defense, making plays all over the field on both the outside as well as inside at the nickel cornerback position.

“He really started picking up towards the end of last year,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid recently said of Nelson. “I thought he kind of took off the last quarter of the season. We were excited to see if he’d continue to grow at that inside position.”

…Nelson has spent a lot of time this offseason at that nickel position—a spot he hopes to earn and one that he hopes to show Reid and the other coaches he can handle.

“He has made some plays in the inside with the first group there,” Reid said of Nelson’s offseason playmaking thus far.

The nickel package is a great spot for Nelson to fall in. It fits his skill set well, and will continue to give him an opportunity to grow. The position for those young DBs in Kansas City will be a very interesting one to watch.

D.J. Alexander –

Not a lot of news coming out of Kansas City with regard to the linebacker, as the Chiefs have one of the strongest linebacker corps in the NFL. Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Josh Mauga, and Tamba Hill make up a formidable first unit, while Dee Ford, Ramik Wilson, Frank Zombo, and Alexander anchor the second unit. 

The Chiefs’ second unit is strong, stronger than what some teams trot out on their first team. For Alexander, cracking the starting lineup will be very hard to do. But there is a tremendous amount of potential with Alexander, and 12-year veteran Derrick Johnson sees it.

Via BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com:

            After practice on Monday, Johnson gave a little breakdown of each of the young guys:

“Well, ‘Little DJ” (D.J Alexander) is probably our fastest linebacker,” Johnson explained. “I hate to say that because I've always been the fastest, but his speed to the ball is unbelievable. He's still young and he's still learning, but his potential is through the roof.

Not only has Johnson seen Alexander’s potential, Alexander has leaned on the veteran’s leadership as he continues to grow:

For Alexander, the leadership of not just Johnson and Mauga, but from all of the guys in that defensive room, is special.

“They're all like big brothers,” Alexander explained. “They want to see us do better and they're pushing us. They’re staying on us and challenging us and we look up to them because we want to be like they are.”

Alexander looks to be a large part of the Chiefs defense this coming season, and if he isn’t able to crack the starting lineup I would not be surprised to see teams contact KC trying to trade for the young linebacker.

Obum Gwacham –

The former wide receiver turned defensive end looks like he may have found a home with the New Orleans Saints. Gwacham was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2015, but was let go in September of that year. A day after being waived by Seattle, he was claimed by the Saints. Now in his second season with the Saints, Gwacham has found a sense of comfort as he enters his first training camp with the team.

Via Amos Morale III of NOLA.com:

"It's nice that I'm able to be here with this team during camp because I was with a different team last year," he said. "It's nice that I can grow with everyone and we can go through the struggles of camp days together."

Gwacham has been working at camp with Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson and pass rush specialist Brian Young to improve his technique. Specifically, he worked on his zero-step technique which he says involves initiating contact with the offensive lineman or tight end first.  

"It allows you to push-pull him and it makes it much easier to control them," he said. "So that's one of the biggest things that I worked on and I've definitely seen it pay off."

Saints head coach Sean Payton said the key with Gwacham's development will be how he handles playing against the run. 

            "That'll be a challenge," he said. "That'll be a little more new."

            Overall, Gwacham thinks training camp has gone well so far.

Gwacham had eight tackles and a forced fumble in nine games last season, and is currently listed as the backup defensive end behind Kasim Edebali. He is in a great spot in New Orleans, as they don’t need him to be a starter yet, and a year as a true No.2 will really help his development.

Terron Ward –

There hasn’t been a lot of noise with regards to Ward coming out of Falcons training camp. Ward his missed a few days of practice recently due a lingering ankle injury, but he still could be a factor for Atlanta this year. Ward was used sparingly last season, carrying the ball 29 times for 95-yards, but could see a little more action as he has the inside track to be the teams No.3 RB.  If his touches in the offense don’t see an uptick, that doesn’t mean he won’t see more playing time. With the recent release of kick returner Devin Hester, the special teams spot is up for grabs. Ward returned kicks at OSU, and worked on kick returns during offseason workouts.

Whether at running back or on special teams, Ward should have a chance to help Falcons, if he can stay healthy that is.