Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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The Minnesota Vikings announced through their official twitter feed that they’ve released cornerback Kip Edwards in order to claim cornerback Julian Posey off of waivers. Posey is the brother of Texans receiver DeVier Posey.

Julian Posey comes from the Ohio University (like current Vikings UDFA receiver Donte Foster) and was an undrafted free agent for the New York Jets, jumping on and off of their practice squad. He was released at the end of the 2012 preseason. After that, he signed with the Miami Dolphins onto their practice squad, but was promoted to the active roster and was active for a total of two games, without taking any snaps.

In September of 2013, he signed on to the practice squad with the Cleveland Browns, and was promoted to the active roster once again in the middle of the season (bouncing back and forth from active to practice squad). He was active for five games that year, all at the end and was a substitute for three of those games (because of an injury to Chris Owens), starting the final one against Pittsburgh (because of Joe Haden’s hip injury).

The National Football Post had this to say on Posey coming out in 2011:

Possesses good overall height, but has a really thin, frail-looking frame. Does a nice job extending his arms down the field in zone coverage and can create a decent jolt on contact. However, in press man doesn’t seem real confident extending his arms into the target, has a tendency to open up his hips prematurely, takes a bit of a jump step off the line and allows himself to get way too high. Isn’t a real natural bender either, seems to double over the waste in off-coverage and although he seems more comfortable sitting into his stance off the line, he pops his pad level way too high initially off the line.

Wastes a lot of motion when asked to redirect and click and close on the football. Fails to stay real low and compact with his footwork, gets caught trying to regain his balance and can be slow to click and close. Possesses good fluidity in the hips when asked to turn and run, but he needs to step off to regain his footing and get back up to speed. Possesses good straight-line speed for the position, but doesn’t play real fast in tight quarters. Isn’t a real physical tackler by any stretch and I can’t see him breaking down on receivers in the NFL and coming up with the stick.

Impression: Lacks ideal balance and footwork, isn’t real physical and looks nothing more than a speed free agent.

At his Pro Day, he posted a 4.46 40-yard dash and a 40 1/2″ vertical leap, along with an impressive 10’10” broad jump. His three-cone was 6.71 seconds and his shuttle was 4.20 seconds.

Posey seems to be a cut driven by a pursuit to follow a model—the Browns under Pettine have shown signs of consistently preferring height and length, both of which are fairly average for Posey.

This should make camp slightly more competitive but likely does not have a long-term impact on the roster. Nevertheless, without a lot of depth at cornerback on the roster this year, it’s a move that makes sense.

16 games of football, and maybe even a post-season appearance, can change the way we look at the makeup of a roster and the value of an individual player.  With that being said, as I glance towards what drama might be in store for next offseason, Rick Spielman doesn’t appear to have many paramount decisions waiting for him on the horizon.

Most of the current players that are set to see their contracts expire after this season were signed (or re-signed) this offseason to one year deals.  The hope is that they will produce quite nicely and be worthy of another contract next offseason, but they really won’t be priorities until that production actually happens.

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One of the most entertaining, and knowledgable website personalities you will find when surfing the web for your Vikings fix is Andy Carlson at PurpleFTW.com. You can also follow him on twitter @PurpleForTheWin.

Andy invited me to be a guest on his podcast last Thursday night… and we had a blast talking football and “Chewing the Fat”. You can listen to the entire podcast on purpleftw.com or on youtube here.

Thanks again Andy! I enjoyed being on the podcast.

VT’s very own Lindsey Young will be making her guest appearance on the PurpleFTW podcast on June 9th. Be sure to catch all the fun!

 

For some reason I am overly obsessed with the free agency nuance that is the NFL’s compensatory draft pick formula.  It is a fairly secretive formula that seems to throw speculators a curveball right about the time they think they have it figured out.  The formula looks at unrestricted free agents (not restricted, released, traded or retired) and the contracts they sign, in addition to a year’s worth of performance, to decide how the 32 compensatory picks will be awarded.

In short, the picks will go to teams that lose more free agents than they sign, with the value of those picks increasing with the formulaic value of the players lost.  There are still plenty of unknowns at this point to truly give an accurate prediction, but I’m attempting to decipher the Vikings odds of getting an extra pick or two in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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The New York Giants have decided to cut former Vikings quarterback (technically) Josh Freeman despite the fact that he was only receiving veteran’s minimum (and therefore had a cap hit lower than he was actually paid) and that training camp hadn’t actually happened yet. The fact that it means Curtis Painter is still with the Giants speaks more to Josh Freeman’s prospects than the simple fact that he was given up on by three teams in less than a year.

Freeman’s rookie year was fairly typical for a rookie, but his sophomore season was one of the best for a young passer in NFL history (ranking ninth all-time in adjusted net yards per attempt for anyone 23 or younger). He had a down 2011, but his 2012 was incredible until the final three games—ranking seventh among quarterbacks at that point.

After that it was all downhill. In 2013, he threw four interceptions to only two touchdowns and had one of the worst years a quarterback has put together, playing for two different teams at the time—including a disastrous stint with the Vikings

I was a strong advocate of signing Josh Freeman, and a lot of the arguments I make in that post still ring true today though don’t take into account one evident fact: that Freeman, for some reason or another, doesn’t have the mental ability to run an NFL offense, despite having that ability earlier.

The fact that we debate whether or not Teddy Bridgewater should wait to start after several months of learning the playbook while ignoring the fact that Freeman had 12 days to learn the offense in 2013 is a little disingenuous, but the fact that he didn’t catch on in New York is certainly an indictment of who he is.

NJ.com has a description of one of the OTAs New York ran that paints an ugly picture:

The pecking order at quarterback during Thursday’s OTAs: Manning, Ryan Nassib, Curtis Painter/Josh Freeman. Manning appeared to take every first-team snap. That was somewhat expected, despite ankle surgery last month.

Seeing Nassib as the primary second-team QB was more of a surprise. It seems to indicate that the Giants are going to give last year’s fourth-round pick every chance to be Manning’s backup this season. If Nassib (who looked shaky on Thursday) doesn’t win that job, it’s going to be quite an indictment.

Painter is just another guy and Freeman appeared to be little more than the camp arm the Giants were trying to sell him as after they signed him this offseason. During one drill, Freeman lined up the offense incorrectly and the play was never run. He was immediately subbed out, with Painter taking his place.

The fact that Freeman was late to several meetings in Eden Prairie tells us that he gave up on the Vikings in 2013, but that may continue to be true for his career. Tom Pelissero wrote:

“You could tell Josh did not know the offense,” said one of several Vikings players who spoke to USA TODAY Sports about the situation Tuesday. The players spoke on the condition of anonymity, because they weren’t supposed to discuss team business publicly.

“Practices did not really go that well that week. But Coach Frazier was in the team meetings like, ‘Oh, I think this is the best week of practice we’ve had all year.’ And everyone’s like, what? What are you talking about?”

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“Debacle,” a second player said of the Vikings’ quarterback situation this season. “When they started Josh in that Giants game, we were as confused as anybody.”

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Four people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that Freeman was late for numerous meetings in his roughly three months with the Vikings. A third player said Freeman often was among the last players to the facility.

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“I feel bad for Josh getting thrown in so quickly,” the first player said.

Freeman bombed against the New York Giants on national television Oct. 21, completing 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards with an interception in a 23-7 loss, then reported concussion symptoms the next day and never played again.

The only situation that makes sense for him is Oakland, where he could compete with Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards to back up Derek Carr and Matt Schaub—and maybe play caretaker QB if Schaub underperforms. He did, after all, put up those impressive numbers in Greg Olson’s offense, and Olson currently is the offensive coordinator there, giving him a bit of a head start on Schaub and Carr.

But if the attitude he had with the Vikings continues elsewhere, his tenure in the NFL is over despite his talent. And it looks like it has.

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