The Vikings should not be happy with their secondary. Last week they were beat with 1 second left on the clock after the Buffalo Bills drove 80 yards which was technically 105 yards with penalties. This week they brought in former 3rd round draft pick DeMarcus Van **** who played with the Chiefs and Raiders […] The post Vikings worked out former Raiders third round draft pick appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds.
Maybe it’s because they both played college football at Southern Mississippi. Or maybe the Green Bay Packers legend has lost a bit in his old age. Either way, it’s clear that Brett Favre is a big fan of St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis. Davis has been a bright spot in an otherwise frustrating season for the Rams. Filling in for injured starter Sam Bradford, the 25-year-old is ninth in the NFL with a 66 percent completion percentage through six games and leads all second-year quarterbacks with 1,517 passing yards. According to Favre, his future could be even brighter. “Austin can definitely play at this level,” Favre told ESPN’s Ed Werder. “Not to sound off my rocker, but (Davis) — in my mind — can be the next Tom Brady or Kurt Warner. (Brian) Hoyer as well. Austin, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity.” That’s certainly a bold claim from Favre, as Brady and Warner both led their teams to Super Bowl victories in their first seasons as NFL starters, while Davis’
Usually it takes a few years to really judge how well NFL teams did in a certain draft. Sometimes top prospects don’t shake out for several seasons, sometimes they become busts.
For my money the Minnesota Vikings are ahead of the game because they got not just one franchise quarterback, but two.
What do I mean?
The Vikings have somehow found a way to clone quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Have a look:
My logical brain says that the gentleman wearing Bridgewater’s jersey has to be the man himself. But then who is this other character wearing the hoodie who looks EXACTLY like him?
I haven’t figured it out yet, but it’s possible that it’s Josh Kaddu, a linebacker who was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 2012. Until that can be confirmed I’m going to assume that the Vikings have indeeed cloned Bridgewater.
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Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux.
Seven weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out:
1. Peyton Manning – Manning’s record-setting night against the 49ers was a quarterback clinic, showing he’s still the best in the business. (LW: 1)
2. Aaron Rodgers - Right now, the Packers are absolutely cruising to wins, led by their cool-customer QB, who is playing better than ever. (LW: 2)
3. Andrew Luck – Nobody is putting up better numbers than Luck who has the Colts rolling after five straight wins. (LW: 3)
4. Tony Romo – When a guy has led his team to the best record in the league, it’s worthy of praise. No matte
Cordarrelle Patterson finds the end zone in Week 7; use remains limited (NFC North touches and targets)
Touches and Targets Week 7: Minnesota Vikings Mid-week, Mike Zimmer indicated that the team was going to have to find some carries for Matt Asiata, largely as a result of concerns over Jerick McKinnon’s pass blocking. That’s not how it played out, though. While the snap distribution wasn’t all that skewed (40-27) McKinnon had 19 carries and saw four pass targets, totalling 101 yards, while Asiata had six and two. He did get a goal line opportunity, but didn’t convert. Notably, McKinnon graded out in the black as a blocker this week, too. Moving forward, something in the range of 2:1 in terms of touches seems like a lock, though Asiata could maintain his role in the redzone, capping McKinnon’s value more than making his own relevant. Cordarrelle Patterson owners may overlook his usage this week, given that he scored a TD on a well designed WR screen as part of Teddy Bridgewater’s first career TD pass. All told, though, Patterson saw just four pass targets (and one rush) totalling 12 yards. Jarius W
Test your knowledge of the Vikings 2006 Draft class and see how much you remember or have purposely forgotten about the class that produced Tarvaris Jackson and Greg Blue. Center Ryan Cook was selected in round 2, where did he attend college? TCU New Mexico Arizona St. NevadaTRUE or FALSE | Safety Greg Blue was selected in the 5th round out of Georgia and never started a game for the Vikings in his 1 year stint. True FalseTarvaris Jackson was selected in round 2 and played for the Vikings for 5 seasons. Who caught his first career TD pass? Mewelde Moore Jeff Dugan Marcus Robinson Travis Taylor Chester TaylorBefore selecting Tarvaris Jackson who was the last quarterback the Vikings had drafted? Tyler Thigpen John David Booty Daunte Culpepper Chad May2nd round pick Cedric Griffin played 6 seasons for the Vikings, how many career INTs did he end up with for the Vikings? 4 8 11 5Chad Greenway’s rookie season came to an end due to what? Suspension Broken Forearm Torn Pectoral Torn AC…
Minnesota Vikings (2-5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5)
Last week, the Vikings lost in Buffalo on a last second touchdown. However, it was still only a one point loss. I like the Vikings’ chances of actually getting the win here this week a good amount for several reasons. One, they’re playing an inferior opponent as compared to last week. Buffalo isn’t a good football team, but the Buccaneers are worse, hence why this line is 3 instead of 6, as it was last week. Like last week, I think we’re getting line value with the Vikings.
The Vikings aren’t very good, ranking 28th in rate of moving the chains differential, moving the chains at a 66.83% rate, as opposed to 72.30% for their opponents, a differential of -5.47%. However, they’re better than the Buccaneers and this line suggests they are equal, which gives up value with Minnesota. The Buccaneers rank 31st in rate of moving the chains differential, moving the chains at a 71.60% rate, as opposed to 79.53% for their opponents, a differ…
In case you haven’t heard, the Minnesota Vikings are building a brand new stadium in Minneapolis. It’s quite an infrastructure project and its construction has already led to a number of clashes between the city, the team and the public.
There are a number of amazing features at the new home of the Vikings but this next one is nothing to be proud of.
In addition to being a death trap for wild birds, the building also has the world’s most inconveniently located portable toilet:
MORE PICS http://t.co/ejU49x3jL7 World’s Most Dangerous Port-O-Potty at #Vikings stadium site pic.twitter.com/q4ibKPbQU6
— FOX 9 News (@MyFOX9) October 21, 2014
Lots of questions here.
Who in their right mind would use it?
Under what circumstances?
But mostly, why?
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Earlier today the Dallas Cowboys released defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad. Sam is the first openly gay player in the NFL and won the SEC’s defensive player of the year award for Missouri, however he has yet to find a permanent home in the league after being drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams. Sam has some genuine pass rushing chops, as Johnny Manziel can attest to:
Now that Sam is a free agent he should expect to garner interest from a lot of teams, but would the Minnesota Vikings fit?
In my opinion the Vikings don’t really need another pass rusher – they are already doing a solid job of getting to the quarterback. Football Outsiders has Minnesota’s defensive line ranked fifth in pass rushing this season. Then again in today’s NFL you can never have too many talented pass rushers.
What do you think? Should the Vikings make a move for Sam?
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Minnesota Vikings have suffered for too long ever since Brett Favre nearly led them to the Super Bowl in 2009.
This year was supposed to bring more promise. Anthony Barr, Teddy Bridgewater as rookies, Cordarelle Patterson’s breakout year and new head coach Mike Zimmer.
To the surprise of few, the Vikings are 2-5 and the young players haven’t come together yet. That’s no shame, Vikings fans.
Unless you’re Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck, it’s hard for any team with a rookie quarterback to change a franchise right away.
I know it’s heartbreaking to lose 17-16 on a touchdown with a second left to the Buffalo Bills, but that’s part of being a young team.
Teddy Bridgewater looks twice as good as Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder ever have in a purple uniform. He has the electrifying play-making ability. He has a young receiver in Patterson, tight end Kyle Rudolph and solid rookie Matt Asiata to support him.
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Following their last second 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings fall to a disappointing 2-5 record. However, this 2-5 record may not be that disappointing. Obviously, Vikings’ fans would much prefer to see at least a winning record this season, but here are five reasons why Vikings’ fans should look on the bright side and at least be content with how the season has gone so far.
Young, but talented team
The Vikings boast the 5th youngest team in the NFL, with an average age of 25.58 years old. With a young team, you expect bumps in the road like the Vikings have had this season, especially when you consider how many of these young players are actually starting.
After registering 3 sacks in Sunday’s loss to Buffalo, Griffen showed why Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman have chosen to build their defense around the 5th year defensive end out of USC.
For one, Teddy Bridgewater is only 21 years old, and he’s the youngest starting quarterback in the NFL (the next closest is Bla
Another wild week in the NFL means the playoff picture (as crazy at that sounds) is starting to come into focus. Some teams who started hot are cooling off, while others are clawing their way back in the race. Along the way, the list of contenders and the batch of pretenders continues to be easier to point out.
What franchises fall into each category? This week’s Gut Reactions help provide an answer.
Seven weeks into the 2014 season, here’s where each team stands, including an updated “confidence level” showing how the editors of cover32 feel about every franchise at the moment:
Buffalo Bills – It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Bills once again got it done in the waning moments of a game. Kyle Orton is turning into the latest miracle maker in Buffalo, following up his improbable victory in Detroit with an even more amazing comeback win yesterday against Minnesota. Living so close to the edge will eventually burn them, but it sure is fun at the moment for the long-sufferi…
Brett Favre was asked about Peyton Manning breaking his touchdown record. His answer was a plain and simple “I don’t really care.”
An NFL team tried to call Brett Favre last year according to his interview on the NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Morning.”