Teddy Bridgewater will make his first start today, which brings some much-welcomed optimism to this Minnesota Vikings team, and we are curious how you think they will fare against the Atlanta Falcons:
Sun, Sep 7 - @ Rams (12:00 PM)
Sun, Sep 14 - Patriots (12:00 PM)
Sun, Sep 21 - @ Saints (12:00 PM)
Sun, Sep 28 - Falcons (3:25 PM)
Thu, Oct 2 - @ Packers (7:25 PM)
Sun, Oct 12 Lions (12:00 PM)
Sun, Oct 19 @ Bills (12:00 PM)
Sun, Oct 26 @ Buccaneers (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 2 Redskins (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 16 @ Bears (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 23 Packers (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 30 Panthers (12:00 PM)
Sun, Dec 7 Jets (12:00 PM)
Sun, Dec 14 @ Lions (12:00 PM)
Sun, Dec 21 @ Dolphins (12:00 PM)
Sun, Dec 28 Bears (12:00 PM)
The NFL’s reigning rushing leader LeSean McCoy is making headlines for two reasons this week. First, he is claiming to be the best running back in the NFL, even better than Adrian Peterson. Second, it is kind of a slow news week and these things happen this time of year.
Peterson has since stated that he doesn’t think McCoy believes what he said.
“(Laughing) It was funny because when Stephen A. (Smith) asked him the question, he kind of hesitated,” Peterson said this week. “And he didn’t believe it when he said it. I tell the youngsters, ‘Say it with your chest, like you mean it.’”
If I take my purple sunglasses off I can actually see where the case can be made for McCoy. It is fairly easy to argue that he is the more complete running back in terms of pass catching and blocking. Still… it’s Adrian Peterson and there has arguably never been a more feared ball carrier in the history of the sport.
So, what do you all think? Does McCoy have a point or does his assertion seem a little shady?
Chase Baker, George Johnson and Troy Kropog were long shots to make the roster just four weeks ago, but hard work and consistent effort paid off for these young players.
Chase Baker might have the best chance to stick. The undrafted rookie from Boise State had 11 tackles during preseason working on the inside of the defensive line. Standing at 6-1 298 pounds, Baker has just enough meat on his bones to earn a few snaps as a backup rotational depth player this season. During camp and preseason, he has been asked to learn the three-technique position while also staying focused on the nose tackle spot as well. Jared Allen said, “He has probably grown the most of all the young guys I’ve seen in camp. That is good because he just might be asked to play a role on this team. We’re hurting at D-tackle right now.”
Lady luck has been on Baker’s side as Christian Ballard left the team for personal reasons, Sheriff Floyd and Kevin Williams have been banged up a bit which opened the door for Baker to get plenty of reps needed to win a roster spot. After spending his rookie year on the practice squad, Baker might be ready to take the next step in 2013.
George Johnson, the 6-4 265 pound 4th year DE beat out D’Aundre Reed and Lawrence Jackson to win the 4th and final DE roster spot. Johnson was promoted to the Vikings 53 man roster in late December of 2012 and has impressed the coaches enough this off-season to make the final cut in 2013. In 2010, Johnson was signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted rookie out of Rutgers. Johnson worked his way up to playing in 2 games for the Buccaneers in 2011 before an injury put him on IR. Johnson looks to build on his 7 total career NFL tackles. Johnson’s 5 solo tackle in preseason lead all Vikings’ DEs, but in the regular season he will have a hard time taking snaps away from Jared Allen, Brian Robison or Everson Griffen.
Troy Kropog won the swing tackle position, at least for the next four weeks until DeMarcus Love comes back from his suspension. The 6-6 308 pound tackle from Tulane has been in the NFL for 4 years. Kropog was drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans. The Vikings promoted Kropog from the practice squad to the 53 man roster last season when Percy Harvin was placed on IR. Kropog has played in 7 games with 0 starts in his NFL career. It will be interesting to see what the Vikings do with the backup tackle position in the next few weeks. Will Kropog stick when Love comes back, or will the Vikings look to upgrade the backup tackle position by signing a free agent? Frazier had talked about finding a swing tackle in the 2012 draft, but that did not appear to have happened. Was that just a smoke screen? Do the Vikings have confidence in Love or Kropog? Stay tuned… I don’t think this story has reached the final page.
Spoiler Alert: Barring injury (or murder charges), Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson are guaranteed spots on the opening day roster for the Vikings. Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright may not have the same amount of security as those two guys, as the Vikings have invested considerably less in them, but they also seem close to “locks” for opening day.
That leaves a whopping eight wide outs vying for a remaining one, or maybe two, roster spots. Watching the depth chart at receiver shake out as training camp progresses should be quite entertaining. Whether it is evaluating Joe Webb’s chances in his new(ish) position, tracking Greg Childs and his progress in his comeback attempt, following local boy Adam Thielen, or simply waiting for someone to unexpectedly emerge, the battle for those last spots will provide plenty of intrigue.
So, I want to hear from you. How will this all end up? The poll below allows for you to select as many receivers as you like. Check the box if you think the player will survive through the final roster cuts. Keep in mind, however, the Vikings are likely only going to keep five or six wide outs.
The topic of the week, which happens be literally the only topic of the week, is the decision of linebacker Desmond Bishop to choose the Vikings over multiple other offers. Details of his deal have been revealed and it appears Rick Spielman signed a high-upside player to a very low-risk one year contract. Bishop’s deal is reportedly worth up to $1.35 million, with playing time incentives built in, which is a bargain by just about anyone’s standards. Even Erin Henderson, who Bishop is expected to force back to the weak side position, will make more money this season than Bishop.
So, despite the lack of experience in a 4-3 defense and his recent injury woes, I can’t see why anyone would have any issue with this signing. Some might be expecting far too much from our new linebacker, but I just fail to see the downside.
Now is your chance to voice your opinion, however, so use the poll below and the comments section to let us know what you are thinking.
Well, I hate to keep throwing fuel onto this particular fire (I honestly do), but Joe Webb playing wide receiver seems to be as juicy of a storyline we’re going to find during an otherwise boring portion of the offseason. So, I figure this is as good of a reason as any to resurrect our “Question of the Week” feature and give those a chance to voice their opinion, in the poll below, if they didn’t want to do it in the comments section of our recent post on the matter.
Here’s the question: Does Joe Weebb make it as a wide receiver or will this latest attempt to establish himself finally see him out the door?