Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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Week 17 Chicago 2014 by Matt Engstrom
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In the past two weeks, Vikings fans have had the pleasure (or pain) of welcoming players like Mike Wallace and Shaun Hill to the team, hoping their additions will lead to continued improvement in 2015. But, the greetings aren’t always so simple — fans were forced to say goodbye to veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings this offseason, and may soon see Adrian Peterson out the door.

The Vikings, however, aren’t the only team making these types of moves — our NFC North neighbors in Green Bay, Detroit, and Chicago have been busy tinkering and fine-tuning their rosters.

A look at the latest news out of the “Black and Blue” division, AFTER THE JUMP!:

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The Minnesota Vikings head into 2015 with one of the league’s best young cornerbacks, but still lack adequate depth at the position —depth which may be addressed late in the NFL Draft.

Xavier Rhodes blossomed in his sophomore season last year, finishing with 18 pass breakups and his first career interception. In Mike Zimmer’s defense, he showed the ability to shadow receivers like Calvin Johnson and Alshon Jeffery while cutting down on “grabby” man coverage techniques.

On the other side of the field, Captain Munnerlyn suffered through his worst season in the NFL. As a free agent signing from the Carolina Panthers in 2014, the 5’9″, 195-pound Munnerlyn was expected to step in and fill a pressing need opposite Xavier Rhodes. Although he finished the season with 2 interceptions, Munnerlyn struggled on the outside, and Zimmer may look to make him a pure slot corner in 2015.

“He has the chance to fall into the draft’s middle rounds and surprise many NFL teams.”

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Teddy Bridgewater started 12 games, going 6-6 for the Minnesota Vikings and proving he has the pocket presence, intelligence, vision and accuracy to be the franchise leader in Norv Turner’s offensive system.

The Vikings have also locked down the backup quarterback spot by signing veteran Shaun Hill after Matt Cassel was traded to the Buffalo Bills. Wasting little time, the Vikings signed Hill on the first day of free agency making it clear he is the right man to help develop Bridgewater.

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Welcome to “Sleeper Sunday” where a few of us here at VT are going to take a look at some of our favorite Day Two and Three prospects between now and Draft Weekend. Luke Inman is providing in-depth scouting reports for the bigger names set to join the NFL, but this is where we explore some of our favorite options that will be found further down the Vikings draft board.

Be sure to tune in every Sunday for a fresh batch of sleepers!

First up, I take a look at a guy that I think can be compared to Taylor Mays in a lot of ways, and we already know the Vikings have expressed interest in Mays as a free agent.

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The Minnesota Vikings came out of the initial free agency waive with backup quarterback Shaun Hill as their only unrestricted free agent signing. The team allowed four of their own unrestricted free agents to sign elsewhere, which means they are currently “plus three” for possible 2016 compensatory picks, for those keeping track at home.

A trade for wide out Mike Wallace meant Greg Jennings was sent packing and a recent signing of DuJuan Harris provides a little depth at running back. That signing will have zero impact on the outcome of the ongoing Adrian Peterson saga, but there is no doubt that the future of #28 is currently the hottest topic out there, and probably will be until it is resolved.

After the jump will be our Links of the Week(end), but first I encourage you to CLICK HERE and consider supporting your favorite quarterback while also supporting your favorite Vikings blog.

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