The only thing that’s gone well for Oklahoma’s massive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. this week is a vote of confidence from his Heisman Trophy-winning teammate.
”When are you ever going to watch Orlando Brown run 40 yards down the field?” quarterback Baker Mayfield asked Friday. ”You can watch last year’s tape and see he allowed zero sacks. I’d say that’s pretty important for a left tackle.”
It sure is.
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The nearly 6-foot-8, 345-pound left tackle managed just 14 reps on the 225-pound bench press Thursday, the lowest total of any lineman who has lifted at the combine this week.
That’s tied for third-worst among offensive tackles since 2000, according to Pro Football Reference.
Things only got worse Friday for the son of former Browns and Ravens right tackle Orlando Brown .
He lumbered through the 40-yard dash in 5.85 seconds. Even by big O-linemen standards, that’s sloth-like slow .
It’s the fifth-slowest time by any player at the combine in the last 16 years, and none of the four who were slower were drafted or started a single game in the pros.
”I’ve been fat my whole life,” Brown said earlier this week. ”I wish I was fast.”
Brown was projected to get drafted in the first couple of rounds, but his bad week in Indy could prove very costly.
His vertical jump was just 19 1/2 inches – nobody has ever gotten drafted with such a bad vertical jump – and his 6-foot-10 broad jump was off-the-charts bad, as well.
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, offensive tackles post a tad more than 25 reps in the bench press, run the 40-yard dash in 5.24 seconds and average 28.4 inches in the vertical jump and more than 8 1/2 feet in the broad jump.
He has another chance to impress at his pro day in a couple of weeks.
PHOENIX — As Arizona added another contributor, the New York Mets continued to run into road blocks.
Diamondbacks outfielder Jon Jay had hit leadoff in all five of his starts since joining the team in Colorado last week, and he has been good. Jay had three hits, including the game-clinching homer in a 13-8 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday, and he added a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Pirates in the final game of the series Wednesday.
The Mets, meanwhile, received more bad news Wednesday when right-hander Noah Syndergaard was told he will need more time to recover from a right index finger injury that landed him on the disabled list.
Seth Lugo will take Syndergaard’s spot in the rotation for a four-game series in Arizona that opens Thursday, when Diamondbacks right-hander Matt Koch will oppose Mets left-hander Steven Matz.
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, losing six and splitting one. New York has lost 10 of its last 11 games and 17 of 21.
Including a 4-1 victory over Atlanta on May 30, the Mets have scored 19 runs in 12 games and have been shut out three times, including a 2-0 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday. They have scored one run four more times.
The lack of offense has caused some shuffling. New York designated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for assignment last weekend and designated catcher Jose Loboton for assignment on Tuesday. Veteran Jose Reyes is hitting .147.
“We expected to rely on our pitching and build a lineup of position players that would be competitive on the offensive side and defensively as well,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said in a conference call.
“That hasn’t happened. When you’re scoring runs at the anemic rate that we have, something hasn’t worked.”
Jay has helped fix the Diamondbacks’ injury-depleted outfield group. His acquisition may have seemed an indication that injured outfielders A.J. Pollock (fractured thumb) and Steven Souza Jr. (strained pectoral) were on a slower path to recovery, but the D-backs say both are on schedule.
The chance to obtain veteran Jay was simply too good to pass up, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.
“He knows what it takes to go out every single day and play the game at the level we expect guys to play at,” Lovullo said. “Tremendous teammate. Understands his role. We felt like at this time with some outfielders that were out, we needed to create some sort of a bridge to when these outfielders return.”
Jay has made all his starts in right field, but he also gives the Diamondbacks an option in center field, where Jarrod Dyson and Chris Owings have played since Pollock suffered his injury May 14.
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,” Jay said of what he had noticed in Arizona. “Regardless of the results, it was always a tough out in the lineup one through nine. The way they run the bases. Defense has really stood out for a while.
“It’s a team I have followed because I had some friends and stuff like. Watching last year, with the run they had. I’m excited to be here and be another part of that puzzle.”
Jay has 67 games of playoff experience with St. Louis and the Cubs, and was in the postseason 2011-15 with the Cardinals and last season with the Cubs. Jay and Daniel Descalso were teammates in St. Louis from 2010-14.
“He’s a guy that possesses good on-base skills,” Descalso said. “He will go up there and give you good at-bats, take walks, hit by pitches. A guy who has been on a lot of winning teams, has played in a lot of playoff games, so just brings another level of veteran leadership to this clubhouse.
“The more guys that you put on this team that have been on winning teams and have been in big spots, the better off we are going to be.”
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, since replacing Taijuan Walker in the starting rotation. Koch has five quality starts, and he had a career-high six strikeouts in seven scoreless innings of a 6-1 victory over Miami on June 3. He gave up eight hits and seven runs (five earned) in his most recent start, a no-decision in the Diamondbacks’ 12-7 victory at Colorado on Saturday.
A third-round pick by the Mets in 2012, Koch is 3-2 with a 4.32 ERA in seven home starts. He made one relief appearance against the Mets in 2017, giving up two hits and a walk without retiring a batter.
Matz, 2-4 with a 3.53 ERA in 12 starts, faced the Diamondbacks on May 19. He gave up four runs in four innings but did not receive a decision when the Mets rallied for a 5-4 walk-off victory in the last of the ninth inning.
Matz has no-decisions in two career starts against Arizona, although he has given six runs and four homers in 10 innings. He has never pitched at Chase Field.