Monday, January 22, 2018

Kyle Sloter

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TEDDY OR CASE: Who should start?

It’s the hottest debate surrounding the Vikings right now.

The points are clear on both sides of aisle.

One side argues, “Keenum is just as good as Teddy ever was,” “He’s basically 5-2 and has won four games in a row,” “Case gets the job done so roll with him,” and “the Vikings have chemistry so don’t mess with it.”

The other side argues, “Teddy has a higher ceiling and can win us a Super Bowl,” “Bridgewater was an average starter in 2015 but has better pieces around him now,” and “You need to make a decision on him for next year, so start him now and see what you have.”

It’s a very interesting debate. Both sides make valid points. Plus, it seems like everyone has an opinion.

Whatever your opinion may be, Keenum and Bridgewater are similar quarterbacks. They both make smart decisions, take care of the ball, extend plays with their feet, and make plays through the air. Even their Pro Football Focus grades are similar.

So, what really sets them apart?

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The Minnesota Vikings added 24-year old quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the active roster after he missed the last 24 games. The team also announced a subsequent roster move regarding quarterback Sam Bradford.

The Vikings activated quarterback Teddy Bridgewater off the physically unable to perform list and placed quarterback Sam Bradford on injured reserve. The roster move was officially announced by the team on Wednesday, November 8th.

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In order for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to join the active 53, the Minnesota Vikings need to make a roster move. The transaction will take place on, of all days, Sam Bradford’s 30th birthday. Is a QB swap in the works? 

Ever since news broke that Teddy Bridgewater was going to be activated from the PUP list, Vikings faithful have pondered what roster move the team would make in order to add the quarterback to the active 53-man roster. Well, it appears the team is close to that decision.

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Minnesota Vikings salary cap update

This offseason, despite having over $20 million in salary cap space, the Vikings chose to hang onto their money rather than sign some notable free agents. It was a puzzling move at the time. The offensive line needed help and there were still quite a few positions to fill. But fast forward to now, and the decision makes complete sense.

The team used the excess cap space to lock up its best core defenders. In addition to the three contract extensions of defensive end Everson Griffen, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Xavier Rhodes that were inked this preseason, standout safety Harrison Smith signed a 5-year, $51 million contract last year. The last two offseasons, the Vikings committed $135 million in guaranteed money to four defensive starters.

Because of the enormous salaries top defenders command, it has been difficult for NFL teams to keep an elite defense intact for very long. However, the Vikings front office has shown they’re committed to doing just that. Financially, they have put the team in a strong position to succeed for the long haul.

Let me tell you why.

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Vikings fans are back in a familiar position with Sam Bradford’s latest injury — Hoping for a miracle.

The day began with Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer declaring starting quarterback Sam Bradford out for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That was bad enough, knowing Bradford was going to miss his second straight missed game. The culprit? The same left knee injury that kept Bradford out of last Sunday’s game versus Pittsburgh.

But then, things got even worse.

Amid Zimmer’s vague description of Bradford’s knee situation, the scope of the quarterback’s injury was unknown. Although he practiced, Bradford was limited and didn’t appear to be comfortable throwing. The injury, according to Bradford, occurred during the Viking’s Week 1 win against the New Orleans Saints. It was a non-contact injury, one that resulted from a “twisted knee.”