The Oakland Raiders open workouts under coach Jon Gruden on Monday without a key member of the defense present.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported pass rusher Khalil Mack is not in the building to kick off offseason conditioning, according to team sources. Rapoport adds it’s an unusual move for Mack.

Phase 1 of workouts are voluntary for NFL players.

He has 18 points in 19 games as a member of the Lightning, including six power-play points on the top unit. There has been some trading on the second line throughout the season, with the most effective pair on the line being Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat. Tyler Johnson and Yanni Gourde have traded in and out of the other spot, making them somewhat risky for a playoff pool. Andrei Vasilevskiy was the best goaltender in the NHL for the first half of the season, but tired down the stretch. We’ll see if he left anything in the tank for the postseason. But if you like the Lightning to succeed, he’s an easy pick. As tired as he may be, the Lightning have no choice but to ride him.

“I started to see he started to distance himself a little more and a little more and a little more,” Lewis said. “Listen to me. I don’t care about religion. I’m talking about a foundation.

“When your foundation is disturbed, when everything you are doing is the opposite of what got you to this place, then you are making your own life hard.”

Like Carter, who was an admitted drug abuser early in his NFL career, Lewis has experience with poor off-field judgement. Whether that makes him sound experienced and wise or hypocritical — and his comments are fair or unfair — is up to you.

Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice  in the stabbing deaths of two men in 2000, and both accused parties (not Lewis) were acquitted under self-defense.

That, ironically, was Lewis’ crowd. But it didn’t stop him from saying this about Beckham:

“You show me your crowd, I will you show your future,” Lewis said. “Justin Timberlake ain’t never played no football. I love Justin, but he ain’t getting on the ground like that.

“These guys (Beckham) is hanging out with, they are in studios all night. They don’t have to get up. They don’t have no discipline when it comes to athleticism. It’s a totally different discipline.”rams_030

Bengals in no hurry to extend Andy Dalton

Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton will not be getting a new contract any time soon.

I would say we were short about one or two plays, Butler added, and I saw a couple plays out there I could have made.

Calmer words this time around from Butler, who told ESPN’s Mike Reiss after the Super Bowl: They gave up on me. F—. It is what it is.

After signing with the Titans earlier this month, Butler told reporters he never got a reason for his surprise benching, but offered his personal theory on a story that simply refuses to go away.

It’s kind of unbelievable to me. We’re talking about a position that’s needed more and more on the field in today’s game. There are about five or six valuable starting safeties in free agency right now. But I guess it’s just trying to get us to take peanuts like the rest of them have. That’s just the business of the game.

Boston’s astute to realize what’s happening. Of the 11 players remaining in the PFT Top 100 Free Agent list, four are safeties, including him, Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and Tyvon Branch.

Friday’s rash of transactions included a head-turning move from the Jon Gruden-led Raiders.

Oakland announced the release of popular and productive punter Marquette King.

The dumping of King comes as a surprise. A Pro Bowl alternate last season and a second-team All-Pro in 2016, the undrafted punter has established himself as one of the league’s young stars at his position.

This week’s owners meeting reminded us that NFL executives are so like-minded that they dress like they all worked at the same used car dealership in the mid-1980s. Coaches are notoriously risk-averse, and while they believe they can fix Josh Allen’s accuracy and make Frank Gore young again with their wizardry, most have no coping mechanism whatsoever for Beckham-Sherman-Suh-Bennett types who don’t approach their profession like they are extras in Dunkirk.

The Rams are wagering that their young barista head coach and old drill-instructor defensive coordinator are the perfect leadership combination for their band-of-misfits defense. The Eagles proved themselves to be interpersonal relationship ninjas last season. Pete Carroll held the Seahawks together for a heck of a run. The Patriots just are. A few teams now follow their leads, daring to be different.patriots_011-223x223