Thursday, March 5, 2015
Blog Page 92

The ideal situation for the Vikings secondary probably involves Xavier Rhodes and Captain Munnerlyn staying healthy with Josh Robinson progressing in a meaningful enough way to make him the clear cut number three.

There are plenty of reasons to worry about Robinson‘s ability to step up, however, and the top “Plan B” candidate appears to be free agent acquisition Derek Cox.

Last offseason, Cox was a hot commodity as an unrestricted free agent and he jetted across the country to play for San Diego after a productive first four seasons in Jacksonville.  He signed a four year deal with the Chargers worth $20 million, but disappointment followed shortly when he was unproductive enough to be benched and then released this offseason.

Sorry for being a few days behind on the normal rotation here.  The links are few days late partly because of a lack of links out there (slow news week), but mostly because of laziness.  Here is the best of the best, however, from around the net.  Go check them out and tell ‘em who sent ya:

  • The annual “Adrian Peterson Day” celebration will have a few drastic changes in 2014.
  • Undrafted defensive tackle Isame Faciane thinks a coaching connection might give him an advantage as he battles for a roster spot.
  • The theme of this offseason seems to be “hope and optimism” on almost all accounts.
  • The Vikings might keep only two quarterbacks this coming season to prevent losing a competitive player at another position.
  • Purple People Readers is a new addition to our blogroll and pointed us towards this cool letter about Teddy Bridgewater.
  • A prediction of five Vikings veterans that will not make the final cuts this season. Sorry, Gil, I only agree with one of those five.
  • It appears to some that Xavier Rhodes is being singled out by the coaching staff during OTAs.
  • Chad Greenway did everything he could to reverse the “Tonka Curse” last week.  Too bad “lives saved” is a meaningless stat, right Arif?
  • The Vikings stadium isn’t even built yet, but the State is making a hard push for elite events.
  • Fullback Jerome Felton can only hope Norv Turner’s offense means big things for his career.
  • Teddy Bridgewater says he wants the quarterback that is best for the team to start on day one even if that isn’t him.
  • Anthony Barr says the quarters system “kind of sucks” since he is unable to participate like other rookie players.
  • Christian Ponder acknowledges that things haven’t gone well, that there might be a better place for him, and that he is currently in limbo.
  • Linebacker is going to be one of the most competitive roster battles in training camp and Jasper Brinkley knows it.
  • New England was the most recent team known to be flirting with career-long Vikings Kevin Williams.
  • Norv Turner tried to get the Browns to sign Matt Cassel before he first signed with Minnesota.
  • This is you answer as to why rookie running back Jerick McKinnon remains unsigned.
  • And, here it is, your moment of Zen:

 

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[A note, there are a lot of GIFs. In this piece, it’s not as necessary to see them to get the point, but the post is better served with them than without]

Without question, Josh Robinson has been one of the worst cornerbacks in the NFL this past year.

It’s not a controversial statement, but even his biggest critics hold out hope for the young speedster from Central Florida. It’s a unique circumstance where a player finds himself maligned all season, but fans have a cautiously optimistic outlook on his future.

Robinson was miscast last year as a slot cornerback, required to defend space instead of the sideline. Often the optimism for Robinson stems not just from this fact (2013 was his first experience playing the slot), but also from the fact that Mike Zimmer, more than at any other position, is a defensive backs’ whisperer.

 

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LeGarrette Blount was arguably the most talented rusher in the 2010 draft class at the time and he arguably still is at the NFL level.  Punching out an opponent on the field, however, was one of a few reasons he went undrafted and had to watch teams trade around in the first two rounds to get the rusher they wanted.

One of those trades was between the Vikings and the Texans when the Vikings moved up to get Toby Gerhart.  In the moments following the draft there were unconfirmed reports that Blount agreed to an undrafted free agent contract with both the Vikings and the Niners, but he ended up signing with the Titans.  He then became the second undrafted rookie to ever run for 1,000 yards when he was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay.

There were other character concerns surrounding Blount in Tampa.  There was a report of him leading an attack on a Bucs fan.  In 2013, the New England Patriots sent a seventh rounder to Tampa and added Blount to their stable of running backs where he flashed his usual toughness, but often got lost in the mix.

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As Arif pointed out today, the powerhouse analytics website Pro Football Focus released depth charts for NFL teams that used colors and their analysis to show where the talent was for each team.  They base their rankings off of their own numbers, and talent will always be something up for debate, but the Vikings actually fared pretty well.

If you look at their depth chart for the Vikings and compare them to the other NFC North teams (all the depth charts can be found here) you will see that the Vikings have more starters listed as being above the “average” category than any other team in the North.  I hate ever bragging about being some sort of offseason champion, but it is at least nice to see that someone is noticing we have a talented roster, and that evidence could lead to a quick turnaround.

How quick?  Well, you tell me.  Use our Poll of the Week to let me know just where you think the Vikings currently sit within their own division at the moment.

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