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Buzz, Patterson clearly has a bigger role in the offense now. He was targeted 9 times at Seattle and 11 times on Sunday. Leslie Frazier also noted yesterday that the coaching staff is moving him around the formation instead of just keeping strictly at one receiver spot. Frazier said the coaching staff brought Patterson along as quickly as possible. But they obviously feel a lot more comfortable with giving him more responsibility now.
Frazier declined to comment about five times when asked about the situation yesterday. You're right, in the past the team has waited for the legal system to play about before deciding how to proceed. That wasn't the case with Jefferson.
Floyd has been more active the second half of the season but he still hasn't had the kind of impact I think most people expected when they drafted him. The knee injury in preseason probably set him back some and hurt his development. But even so, he hasn't made the same kind of impact as Patterson or Rhodes so far.
I'm interested to see how they handle that position this offseason. They obviously helped themselves by re-signing Robison a few weeks ago. I don't expect Jared Allen to return, but it will be intriguing to see what the market is for Everson Griffen. He's had some nice moments, but it's still unclear how he would handle being an every-down end. If the team doesn't re-sign him, they will have some work to do this offseason -- either draft or free agency -- to fill that hole and add some depth.
I'll be surprised if Cook returns. He still has zero interceptions and has his injury history. Maybe he returns as a backup once he tests the market, but I think the team might move in a different direction and find someone to start opposite Rhodes, who had his best game of the season against the Packers.
Gordon, I assume they will keep Jamarca as the starter but Sendejo has played well enough to earn his share of reps, too. They like to rotate those guys throughout the game so he still should see plenty of snaps.
No, Ponder is the starter and I'm guessing they keep Cassel as the backup.
I think the Vikings will win Sunday. The Bears have a terrible run defense and the Vikings had their best rushing performance of the season against the Packers. Peterson and Gerhart could have huge days again Sunday.
Yes, Frazier said the same thing yesterday. He had four pass breakups, including one in the end zone. The thing I like was the coaching staff allowed Rhodes to play more man coverage and press at the line. That fits his size and skill set. Frazier said they will consider playing more man going forward.
Gary, I think the Vikings should try and re-sign him for one more year. I still think Kevin can have an impact, particularly at nose tackle. He's been really active in recent games. And he's an extremely respected player in the locker room. He's a positive influence on everyone. And I know he'd like to stay here and finish his career in Minnesota.
I thought they would make the switch after the Seattle game so at this point, I'm not sure. If Ponder completely falls apart in one if these final game, I guess they could make a change. Frazier didn't rule it out last week, but he's sticking with Ponder for now.
Jim, Frazier said last week that he doesn't regret the decision, but I'm not sure how they can feel that way privately. The organization didn't spend $2 million to sign Freeman thinking he would be inactive every week. That clearly was not their plan so no matter what they say publicly, this has to be a major disappointment for them.
Dan, I just don't know where he fits in. They only have so many plays and now they're starting to incorporate Patterson more into the offense. I don't see Webb's role changing.
I don't know if I would say many teams, but he's a powerful back who is tough to bring down the more carries he gets. He could be starter for a different team next season. He's handled this situation well and been a team player, but he obviously wants to play.
I would be surprised if ownership made a change there this offseason. Don't really see that happening.
Well, he's under contract, but that is a great question. That will be an fascinating situation this offseason to see what direction they go and who stays as a backup. I still think they have to target one of the top QBs in the draft and start over, as painful as that might sound internally.
They would have been No. 1 right now had they lost on Sunday instead of tied. Now they're sitting at No. 4. That probably doesn't sit well with some fans but ....
You're right, the first play was bad. He just whiffed on Matthews. I talked to Kalil after the game and he thought he settled in after that and did a decent job against Matthews. But I agree that his second year hasn't matched his rookie season. But the entire line hasn't played as well across the board.
Wow, forgot about that. Thanks for reminding me. Now about all those other picks .....
Nobody wants to win the thing that's for sure. I'm writing more about this for Thursday, but the quarterback changes obviously has had a major impact, but the defenses haven't been very good either.
The Bears said he's not playing so McCown will start again.
I always prefer a pocket passer. The read option has created a buzz, but I just think it exposes quarterbacks to injury.