Tuesday, October 6, 2015

gerald hodges

Trader Rick stikes again

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According to a report from the NFL Network’s Rand Getlin, the Minnesota Vikings have traded Gerald Hodges Jr. to the San Francisco 49ers. Shortly after Getlin broke the news, Adam Schefter shared details of the trade, which includes a 2016 sixth-round pick and center Nick Easton from the 49ers in exchange for Hodges.

The trade comes just days after the Vikings’ Week 4 loss to the Denver Broncos, a game in which Hodges did not start at middle linebacker. The 2013 fourth-round draft pick out of Penn State had started the first three weeks for the Vikings and recorded 19 tackles through four games, but saw less playing time as Mike Zimmer’s defense became more Nickel-heavy.

Hodges played just 26 snaps against the Broncos, while Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks played the majority of the Vikings’ defensive snaps at linebacker. Throughout the season, the rookie second-round pick has replaced Hodges in the team’s Nickel defense and performed well enough to warrant the trade. General manager Rick Spielman, who spoke to the media after the announcement, expressed his comfort with the team’s linebacker depth moving forward.

“It’s because of how we feel about (second-round pick Eric) Kendricks. We felt we had a lot of depth at that position. We feel strongly about Audie Cole and what he can bring and how well he’s been playing, but the development of Kendricks and Edmond Robinson continues to come along and we still have (Brandon) Watts on our practice squad at that position.”

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The San Diego Chargers arrived in Minnesota with one of the league’s most potent offenses, a triple-headed attack led by wide receiver Keenan Allen, rookie running back Melvin Gordon, and veteran quarterback Philip Rivers. Their success starts with Rivers’s intelligence at the line of scrimmage and ends with his unorthodox throwing motion — a combination shot put, Tim Tebow release that’s led to a miraculous 81.2 percent completion percentage through two games in 2015.

Those three, however, are just a small piece of this West Coast puzzle. Next to Allen, Steve Johnson has solidified himself as the Chargers’ number two receiver with his quick feet and penchant for winning in the slot. Malcolm Floyd, San Diego’s deep threat, is averaging 28 yards per catch in 2015. And behind Gordon, Branden Oliver is contributing on special teams, in the passing game, and on the ground.

Even without veteran tight end Antonio Gates (lost to a four-game suspension) and his backup, Ladarius Green (progressing through concussion protocol and questionable for today’s game), the Chargers are finding ways to win, whether on the ground or through the air. More than that, they’re finding ways to win in all shapes and sizes, no matter how big or how small.

Danny Woodhead, for example, stands just 5’9″ and weighs 200 pounds. Next to Chargers left tackle King Dunlap, he looks like a child. But Woodhead’s ability with the football has been vital to San Diego’s success in 2015, and he’s one of the most important players to watch against the Vikings this afternoon.

If Woodhead’s streak of six-plus targets a game continues, and he continues to make linebackers miss in space, the trio of Eric Kendricks, Anthony Barr, and Gerald Hodges could be in for a long game.

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The mourning period for last week’s embarrassing loss is already over for the Vikings organization, but it will continue for us fans for a couple more days.

Still, the torment is slowly turning towards hope as Sunday’s home opener against the Detroit Lions draws closer.

Nothing can cure a fan base’s disgust for a road loss quite like the good thumping of a division opponent and that is exactly what the Vikings are hoping to provide. Now it is time to take a look around the web and see what everyone is saying about last week’s loss, this week’s matchup, and maybe a couple of other things in between.

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Robert Blanton had run all offseason and preseason as the starter at safety next to Harrison Smith.

For the first game of the regular season, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is returning to the alignment he finished last season with. Prior to Monday night’s game at San Francisco, Andrew Sendejo was named the starter at safety.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are a mere 5 days away from trekking to the Land of Hippies & Silicon to begin the 2015 season, which will also hopefully end in the Land of Hippies & Silicon. Di Murphy (@DiMurphyMN) makes her weekly pit stop to talk some junk about the the 49ers, Vikings, and especially Cordarrelle. Leslie Frazier gets a random diss as well.

Other “The Niners Miss Jerome Simpson” Talkers Include
• Goodell is Incompetent = Water is Wet
• The Niners black unis are garbage
• The NFL is like the NCAA and FIFA
• The only thing that could stop the NFL is game fixing
• I was on with The Michael Grey Show on 107.3 WBBL yesterday
• Dramatic Prediction: Who will score the Vikings first TD?
• The Rooster cuts. What stuck out to you?
• Sullivan injury concerning? Berger is JAG.
• The starting middle linebacker is irrelevant
• #44 is the best linebacker number. Period
• Scott Studwell looks like Detective Stabler from Law & Order: SVU
• Di: “Bloggers are professionals.”
• ANDY knows why you played in the final preseason game, Blanton
• Robert Blanton is Jose Cuervo…
• Di goes off on Cordarrelle
• We Ninerize’d the Vikings (Spoiler: Not so bad)
• Many of the Niners problems were self inflicted
• America’s newest favorite game: Niner or Nah?
• Di battles the comment section warriors
• Visit our new sponsor Stars Draft for Daily Fantasy Sports!
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