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Jerry, that's Mr. McCrabbypants to you. Anyway, I think the Vikings are sticking with the four safeties they have for this week. If there was a better option to be had, they probably would have pulled the trigger by now. But this position could be in flux throughout the season.
Andrew, I'm sure they will explore all options to improve the roster. I'm not sure what they think about Clemons, who as you said was just cut by the Texans, which is saying something. They seem to like Blanton -- or they at least think he's the most tolerable of the bunch -- so we'll see how he does.
Buzz, when there is smoke, there is often fire. And Jerry Jones reportedly acknowledged that the conversation went down like the reporter assumed. But context is key. We don't know how serious this conversation was and when Peterson was allegedly talking about. It's very easy to say to someone you're friendly with, "Yeah, I want to play for you some day or go grab a beer someday" but you aren't seriously considering following through. The thing is he's under contract with the Vikings, so it doesn't matter what Peterson or the Cowboys want to do at this point.
Keith, let's pump the brakes on the kid with local ties a little bit. They have Kyle Rudolph as their starting tight end. Rhett Ellison is a similar player who is established as the second guy. And they have a good fullback in Jerome Felton. If Gray is going to have a role, I don't think it's going to happen right away.
It doesn't matter what I say in this case. The coaches say they plan to keep using him as the kickoff returner and I have no reason to believe they aren't being truthful. They look at the kickoff as the first play for the offense and they are banking on Patterson to give them good field position if he is able to return one.
Doug, that is a little puzzling. My guess is that they feel Line is too good of a prospect to give up on. But I don't remember him getting a single first-team snap in camp or the preseason.
If he failed his physical, he wouldn't be on the team.
My buddy Chip Scoggins wrote about this today, TDogg. And while I'm not much of a prognosticator, I have trouble following the logic that the Vikings have gotten worse. Remember, if they get a couple of key stops last year, they are 7-8-1 and in the mix in the division. Sure, the NFC North will be tougher this year probably. Maybe that's the rationale.
Reggie, Barr will have a huge role. He will be an every-down player. He's the starter at the Sam linebacker spot in the base defense and the Vikings trust him to cover or rush the passer on third downs. And you make a good point about him flying under the radar, though I think they guy deserves a little more pub than he is getting, and I guess we are guilty of that, too.
This is a fantasy football question, so I'll keep it brief. I took McCoy over Peterson in one league, but ended up with Peterson in another. I tried not to draft Vikings players so I don't have a rooting interest, even just a small one, in the press box. But Peterson at the fifth pick? How could I pass that one up?
Reggie, you could say that about all 32 teams really. Whether it is Cassel or Bridgewater, the Vikings need stability and mistake-free play at quarterback to make a run at the playoffs.
I think he should worry a little. I don't think he's in danger of getting cut or anything like that, but he didn't really push Jerome Simpson for the third receiver spot and you can't help but wonder if Adam Thielen will overtake him with Simpson out the next three weeks.
Guys, I know some of you are newcomers to the chat, but I'll do my usual disclaimer about repeat questions. Please check and see if a question has been asked already before clicking send. I say this because I want to get to everyone's questions, but I don't want to keep repeating myself. As for the answer, they must have liked Line's promise so much they didn't want to risk losing him.
As for Coleman, it was surprising that they let both Crocker and him go. They are both veterans with starting experience and it was my understanding that Coleman was pretty good on special teams in Philadelphia.
Eh, if you have ever seen me at Canterbury, you would know I'm not the one to go to for betting advice.
Jake, the first six games are rough, and don't overlook the Rams just because they lost their quarterback. Their defense is tough and could give the offensive line fits. If the Vikings win two or three games, they will be in great shape.
Christian, not sure where you are hearing that. I have heard nothing of it.
Do or die? I don't think they plan on killing him if he doesn't make it to the Pro Bowl. That would be some Game of Thrones type stuff. But he does need to step it up. He said yesterday that he was just trying new things and working out the kinks in the preseason. It's up to him to play well in the regular season then, or it will look like he was just making excuses.
He is not on the practice squad, no.