Monday, April 27, 2015
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The Minnesota Vikings have announced that the NFL has upheld its three-game ban of Jerome Simpson for his arrest while on probation. Simpson, who for much of the season was the Vikings’ receiving leader last year, finished the year with 726 receiving yards but only one touchdown. Of note, his efficiency was not all that different, at the end of the year, from Greg Jennings or Cordarrelle Patterson—each had 1.61 yards per pass route run (45th of 94 receivers).

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He will be allowed to resume practice with the Vikings starting September 22. In the mean time, it’s generally expected that this opens another spot for a wide receiver on the roster, presumably Adam Thielen or Rodney Smith, who have finished the preseason in excellent form.

Jerome Simpson’s violation is generally understood to be a DUI, but he was actually convicted for careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test, though he was initially charged with a DUI instead of careless driving. This occurred while he was on probation in Kentucky, where his home is, as a result of his prior conviction for mailing himself two pounds of marijuana. He is now on probation in Hennepin County for two years as well.

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After a relatively successful first half, the Minnesota Vikings’ backups have looked pretty decent against the Tennessee Titans’ backups. The takeaways, as you’d expect, are about as shallow as you’d expect, but useful to dissect at any rate.

First, the second-team offense featured Teddy Bridgewater but didn’t use him very much. The first drive wasn’t particularly spectacular but neither was it worrisome. Running backs Joe Banyard and Jerick McKinnon did well on that drive to advance the ball and were probably the feature of the offense. After that, he certainly looked starting caliber, but not incisive. His biggest issues were decisions to throw to Jerick McKinnon deep when he was covered tightly and a questionable decision to throw out to Adam Thielen on a curl—the pass was inaccurate and he probably expected a different route.

Other than that, his passes were thrown with better timing and velocity than before and he checked down judiciously when the pass wasn’t there, McKinnon throw aside. That, and his corner touchdown pass (ANOTHER corner touchdown pass after the initial failure) was fantastic, thrown excellently to Adam Thielen who found a way to get half a step besides pass interference.

 

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Considering the regular bits with Pete Bercich, the interviews of legends like Tommy Kramer, and the on-field updates from first round picks, it was a great honor when VT was asked to participate in a series of preseason conversations with Tom Moore.

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First up is Darren Page discussing the rookie class, which is mighty timely considering final cuts are almost upon us.  Enjoy!

I suppose I’ll post about this.

Outside the Lines reported that Adrian Peterson told Jerry Jones he would love to play for the Cowboys. Buried from the lede of the story is the fact that Adrian Peterson was talking to a money manager at the time, who handed the phone to Jerry Jones without telling Adrian who he was going to talk to. In response, Adrian Peterson was fairly polite and said he wouldn’t mind playing for the Cowboys at the end of his tenure.

Adrian Peterson is from Palestine, Texas, two hours away from Dallas and grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan. This isn’t the first time he’s expressed finishing out his career in Texas, where he lives. This is why he was subject to a contrived altercation in the Houston nightclub—he spends the offseason in Texas (Houston is two and a half hours away from Palestine, which is between the two cities).

The Vikings released two statements in response to this report. First, from the Vikings:

“We are focused on the 2014 season, and as we have consistently communicated, Adrian is an integral part of the Vikings organization.”

And then from Adrian:

“This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings. I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking.”

Nothing big to see here. If the Vikings expect Adrian to perform in 2016 as he did in 2010, don’t expect much to change. He signed an extension in 2011 that saw his cap charge take 10.8% of the salary cap that year, and he rushed for 1298 yards at 4.6 yards a carry (86.5 yards a game) the season prior to signing it. Since then, he’s averaged 5.2 yards a carry and 103.2 yards a game, with a lot of that coming from a seemingly magical 2012 season.

Adrian Peterson carries the ball against the Carolina Panthers.
Photo provided courtesy of Vikings.com

 

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