Sunday, June 26, 2016

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I know he is now three teams removed from being a Minnesota Viking, but for this hack blogger that named his dog after the 2009 Offensive Rookie of the Year, I can’t help but keep tabs on Percy Harvin’s NFL career.

Harvin left the Vikings via trade with a cloud of rumors and reports hanging over his head that indicated he was a bigger headache than the organization was willing to put up with. Then he was traded away from Seattle under suspiciously similar circumstances.

The reputation Harvin carries with him earned him the award of being Sports Illustrated‘s “most hated player in the locker room.”

“Seattle traded him to the Jets shortly after, and there weren’t a lot of unhappy folks in the Seahawks’ locker room when that happened,” reads the article.

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The folks over at Bleeding Green Nation (and specifically, Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation) have been putting together their Eagles Almanac and in the process, discovered something interesting: the Minnesota Vikings have the second-tallest team in the NFL!

Well, for them it was relevant that they found out their own team was the tallest, but that’s neither here nor there. The full rankings are over there, as is a weight chart (the Vikings rank 17th in weight).

An interesting piece of data:

OBSERVATIONS

* The difference between the tallest team (Eagles) and shortest team (Washington) is less than a full inch: 0.82.

* The difference between the heaviest team (Colts) and the lightest team (Rams) is 8.44 pounds.

* None of the bottom five teams in height or weight had a winning record last season. In fact, some of them were among the worst teams.

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com
Teddy Bridgewater, QB – Minnesota Vikings

I’m going to take a page out of Teddy Bridgewater’s book and cool the hype on Minnesota’s favorite quarterback. While I believe Bridgewater will improve his game in 2015— both on the stat sheet and on film — he’s not going to light up fantasy football leagues week-in and week-out. If anything, Bridgewater is a solid choice as your backup quarterback, and a safety net if QB1 is injured or cannot play.

Earlier today, Brett joked he’d take Bridgewater first overall in his league, no matter what I wrote tonight. Though it’s not necessarily true, Brett’s joke is a sign of the optimism surrounding Bridgewater as training camp nears. After a Week 13-17 stretch that saw the rookie quarterback complete 72.1 percent of his passes and throw six touchdowns, that positive feeling is warranted.

Though Bridgewater’s the center of attention in Minnesota, he’s not letting the spotlight skew his opinion of the team, per USA Today’s Tom Pelissero:

“Right now, we’re not as good as what we think,” he said. “We know that the ceiling is very high and the expectation level is very high — not only for the players, but from a coaching staff also. We know what’s being asked of us, but we have a long way to go.”

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Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jabari Price has been suspended two games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, per a statement from the Vikings.

He had pled guilty earlier in the year to a reduced charge of careless driving after being arrested for driving while under the influence.

While legitimately competing for a serious role on the team, Price is a valuable backup even if he doesn’t earn a major role. With Josh Robinson out for most of the year (or at best, half) because of a partially torn pectoral muscle, the Vikings cornerback group will start off the season even thinner.

Behind the presumed starters of Terence Newman, Xavier Rhodes and Captain Munnerlyn, that leaves rookie first-round pick Trae Waynes, punt returner Marcus Sherels, undrafted free agent rookie Justin Coleman, former CFL cornerback Jalil Carter and former Raiders third-round pick DeMarcus Van Dyke.

Last year, Price took 47 snaps from scrimmage, per Pro Football Focus, and was a significant contributor on special teams.

Jabari Price released the following statement:

“I sincerely apologize to my family, my teammates, the Vikings organization and Vikings fans for the mistake I made last winter. I can assure you that it will never happen again. I look forward to returning to helping my team on the field in week 3.”

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