Sunday, August 30, 2015

Joe Berger has been a veteran presence on the Minnesota Vikings offensive line for 3 seasons. He joined the Vikings in week 2 of the 2011 season after originally being selected by the Carolina Panthers in the 6th round of the 2005 NFL draft. He has appeared in 83 regular season games with 29 starts in his 10 year career with Carolina, Dallas, Miami and Minnesota.

Berger has been a solid reserve contributor for the Vikings playing in 45 games and starting 9 times. Berger is a versatile player who can contribute on special teams and has starting experience at center and both guard positions.

In 2013 Berger saw action in all 16 games with starts against Washington in week 10 and Philadelphia in week 15.

Joe Berger just signed a one year deal in March for $920,000. His cap hit is only $635,000 so from a dollars-and-cents stand point he is probably not in any danger of being cut. Berger’s performance is also at a satisfactory enough level to safely project him onto the 53 man roster again this season. The only question is his age. Berger celebrates his 32nd birthday on May 25th… wait, that’s today.

Happy Birthday Joe!

It has been a little while since we’ve gone around the web and checked in with all of our various friends.  If you think our Blogroll is missing a good quality Vikings site please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section and I’ll get them added right away.

Now, without further delay, here is some of the best stuff out there this week:

 

 

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[NOTE: Darren Page is continuing his absolutely phenomenal series breaking down the Vikings’ draft prospects. This one is his second, on Teddy Bridgewater. If you missed it, be sure to catch the first one on Anthony Barr. He is the lead scout at DetroitLionsDraft.com and contributor at the Bleacher Report (and avid Vikings fan). Be sure to follow him on twitter for the hottest sports takes this side of the Mississippi (by which I mean north of, I guess)].

By Darren Page

General Manager Rick Spielman pushed in all his chips by trading back into the first round at the 32nd pick and selecting Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater showed the makeup of a quarterback bound for the top ten in his junior season. Then came his pro day. He was abysmal by pro day standards, spraying numerous balls well out of the reach of his receivers.

Reports surfaced of scouts and executives having concerns with Bridgewater’s hand size, frame, durability, and mental toughness. It was all a perfect storm for a perfect fall, right into Minnesota’s lap.

Teddy Bridgewater was my #1 rated quarterback before the draft and in a tier of his own above Blake Bortles. His pro day didn’t change that. A pro day is an event doctored to show off a quarterback’s skillset, but leaves out most of the mental processes of quarterback play. That’s important to remember. How much of quarterback play is mental? A lot.

Everything Teddy Bridgewater has shown on the playing field points to a quarterback who will have a long career as a starting quarterback in this league and who will be a catalyst for runs into the playoffs.

Let’s break Bridgewater down to ascertain the traits he possesses and what they mean as a quarterback under Norv and Scott Turner and with the Vikings’ offensive personnel.

 

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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?

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In recognition of the fact that the state Minnesota has invested $348 million and the city of Minneapolis a further $150 million in public funds for a new stadium, the NFL Super Bowl committee has approved Minnesota’s proposal to host a Super Bowl in the city of Minneapolis in 2018, which will be Super Bowl LII (52).

This will be the first time Minneapolis has hosted the Super Bowl since 1992, when the Bills lost the second of their four consecutive Super Bowls to the Washington Redskins—one of the greatest football teams of all time, even to stats nerds (who are right). Unfortunately, the early 1990’s Bills were probably the best overall team over multiple years in that time, but could never prove it; perhaps Minnesota Super Bowl luck rubbed off on them.

As of early April, Minnesota’s bid highlighted Minneapolis’ 180 hotels with 19,000 rooms, 48 venue options and practice sites.

No single event can justify the cost of the stadium in public monies, but the Super Bowl may go some way towards providing a positive economic effect. Even if it doesn’t, it’s something huge for the city anyway.

 

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