Lions draft pick, FB David Mackie accepts invite to Giants rookie mini-camp

Canadian fullback David Mackie has accepted a rookie mini-camp invite from the New York Giants.

Mackie was selected in the second round, 16th overall in the 2018 CFL draft.

He was a first-team OUA all-star last year for Western University as the Mustangs rushed for a USports-leading 2,479 yards in 2017 (averaging over 309 yards per game and 7.6 yards per carry) on the way to a perfect 12-0 during a dominating Vanier Cup championship season.

Mackie was a key part of that powerful ground game as a punishing blocker. He ran the ball three times for 13 yards and made 20 receptions for 261 yards and one touchdown during his university career while serving as the Mustangs long snapper, which he does at a high level.

Giants rookie mini-camp runs from May 10-13.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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16 Comments on Lions draft pick, FB David Mackie accepts invite to Giants rookie mini-camp

  1. A player going to the NFL and no Mr Red response. What?

    • He’s not going to the NFL, he’s going to a rookie camp.
      He will line up with a dozen other big blocking backs.
      Good luck to him but I doubt he would make it.

  2. Edward Leslie // May 5, 2018 at 12:40 pm //

    “He was the USports leading rusher with 2,479 yards in 2017. He averaged 309 yards rushing per game.”
    What a bunch of nonsense!

    Mackie had 14 receptions for 261 yards and three carries for 13 yards. He is a blocking fullback and a Long snapper primarily. Skills like those, plus his size (6’3”) got him drafted highly… not his rushing yards.

    Justin Dunk, do you have a hacker messing with the posts and adding false information after the fact or something? Something is screwy with this site. You might want to investigate.

    • BC Bomber // May 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm //

      Ed, actually try to read the article before you criticize. It says, “the Mustangs rushed for a USports-leading…” The site seems fine.

    • Some people don’t actually read articles just the headlines or stats.
      Read before criticizing!!

  3. BC Dave // May 5, 2018 at 1:09 pm //

    Good eye Bomber. I missed that too. Verbage was correct but misleading since the article was about Mackie but team stats were slid in there. Me might have been only ⅓ of that 2479.

  4. Sounds like a very good athletic but I would expect him to be in the CFL playing in 2018. Guys like him in NFL training/mini camps are a dime a dozen.

  5. Area51 // May 6, 2018 at 3:07 am //

    This guy should do himself a favour and just focus on the CFL. Fullbacks have gone the way of the dinosaur in the NFL. About the only ones still remaining are the FBs with the ability to catch throws coming out of the backfield.

    This guy will be a tackling dummy during mini camp and waste time that he could be using towards familiarizing himself with BCs coverage units and return teams.

    Total waste of time.

    • But if you are invited to an NFL mini-camp you go and get the experience. This guy has only been tackled by CIS players. Getting hit or blocking NCAA players will be good experience for him.

      You can imagine him hitting a NCCA player and saying “wow I’m not in the CIS anymore, these guys don’t fall over when I hit them”

    • BC Dave // May 6, 2018 at 12:04 pm //

      Disagree, as usual, with your opinion but I won’t lower myself to your level by calling you names for your opinion. As you so politely explained how CIS grads are a stupid breed of people compared to than American NCAA folks (ignoring the fact US has ten times as many people to choose from) so being exposed to those American folks at a US camp might be a good thing. I am sure you have applied for a job that you saw a an opportunity but everyone else and their dog knew you would be useless but …Need I spell it out and dumb it down?

      Anyway to the rest of the readers, I til it is a good thing for him to attend as it gets him into camp mode, he could learn while there and most importantly I think, if he had the bug, he’ll find out if he is what they are looking for in the NFL and if not, then he can know he tried and jut focus on CFL without the “what ifs” lurking in the back of his mind. It is an opportunity and everyone deserves that.

  6. greenenvy? // May 6, 2018 at 11:48 am //

    If it’s the Giants, this is “the usual” for this NFL club. They invited about a dozen players one year – none got far. The Giants had, maybe still have, a guy very familiar with the CFL. Mackie’s CFL bound. Eventual replacement for Lumbala, it is hoped.

  7. BC Dave // May 6, 2018 at 8:15 pm //

    You’re right greenenvy, that is the hope. He is the heir apparent to Rolly’s job but Solly still has a lot to contribute. Hoping we use two back sets more often this year. I think it will help both the ruling game and the passing game.

  8. He’s going primarily as a Long snapper & specials which is a high demand position & his snap times are right on with NFL

  9. He also completly dominated at the College Gridiron Showcase in Texas against American players & that’s why he has this opportunity… In fact about 4 NFL teams were very high on him at camp…

  10. canadianfootballfan // May 9, 2018 at 9:23 pm //

    The Giants love to invite Canadians over for a cup of coffee. Wouldn’t it be a lot cheaper to just send them a Starbucks giftcard?

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