Cujo, it's surprising there is so much concern about what happened with a rookie free agent who was battling for a job. But to answer your question, we should get some clarity on that later today when the NFL releases its daily transaction wire. He had been dealing with headaches, according to Mike Zimmer, who wouldn't rule out a concussion. Don't be surprised if he clears waivers and reverts to injured reserve. This smells like a waive/injured designation.
Toes, I don't like his odds to start in Week 1. I think we will see the same five guys as a year ago (and the year before that, too). But if Johnson struggles, we could see a switch in-season.
Teddy Bridgewater...... unless it's Matt Cassel. Let's see how they do in the first two games before worrying about that.
JZ, I think the two battles everyone will be watching is at safety and middle linebacker. I think the safety position is the bigger deal because how often will the Vikings be in their base defense in today's pass-happy NFL? 40 percent of the time? The safety position is either wide open or a total mess, depending on your disposition, but I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out. I know they signed Chris Crocker, but don't rule out another player who is not on the roster starting next to Harrison Smith.
His contract is guaranteed. He is getting paid and counting against the cap no matter what.
Significantly better, Coach Tice. Say what you want about Norv as a head coach, but his track record as an offensive coordinator and play-caller speaks for itself.
Jim Bo, not sure who said this team looks better. Not saying it isn't true, but I haven't come out and said that.
Colin, I never say never about anything, but I doubt it. They are high on Chase Ford and the hope is he will be back by Week 1 or no long after that. And Rhett Ellison is the blocking, H-back type. With Kyle Rudolph around, I don't see the need to sign another receiving tight end, assuming Ford is on schedule.
I don't know if there is a catchy name, but it is an attacking 4-3 defense with multiple fronts. Zimmer will mix up coverages on the back end, but he likes to keep things simpler for his defensive backs so they can rely on their athleticism and press ability to make plays.
Buzz, that's easy for you to say. But people forget that many of these guys are competitors who want to play and want to be great. I don't think Christian is an exception. Yes, he is a millionaire with a new daughter and a lovely wife, but the guy still has ambitions.
He's under contract, so they would have to bail on him.
No, Steve, but I think it's telling that Josh does not have a job right now.
Right now, I surmise that he is sixth on the depth chart, behind Patterson, Jennings, Wright, Simpson and Thielen. I don't know how many receivers they plan to carry, but it does help his cause that Simpson will be suspended to start the year, temporarily freeing up a roster spot for someone.
Jonas, no idea, but they only have four healthy tight ends, so I wouldn't be surprised if they used it on another tight end.
I wasn't here then, so it's hard for me to compare the two. I will say that Bridgewater, for the most part, has been pretty impressive. He also benefited from having the whole spring to work with the coaches and offense. Ponder was drafted during the lockout, wasn't he? So he was thrown into the fire in training camp.
Vicki, the biggest questions marks are at safety and middle linebacker. Another question is are they comfortable with Josh Robinson, Derek Cox or a youngster like Jabari Price as their third corner?
Mr New Brighton, without giving any thought to this until right this second, I think they beat the Rams in Week 1. But don't hold me to that a month from now when the game actually takes place.
I have never heard of you either... Kidding, of course. I grew up in Pittsburgh and spent the past six years covering the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun. My first year was Harbaugh and Flacco's first year, so we'll see if I'm a lucky charm for new coach/quarterback combos. And yes, Mark Craig and I have been doing the daily videos. Thanks for tuning in.
As for your question, I haven't seen anything out of the ordinary with veterans and rookies. The veterans do what they can to help the rookies, except for maybe if they are competing for the same jobs. But I think that sort of question has to be answered on an individual case-by-case level.
Kyle, I could see that. We see it every year in the NFL. A team that people are counting out gets off to a good start, gets some confidence and takes advantage of a favorable schedule. That's why I believe a team has gone from worst to first in each of the past 11 seasons.
K'net, I hear you. I get critiquing him as a player, but I'll never understand the hatred some fans have for players. And trust me, there have been a lot worse first-round quarterbacks than Ponder. He was decent enough to ride Adrian Peterson into the playoffs two years ago. Besides, it's not his fault a team drafted him that high. Direct that frustration toward the Vikings, I suppose.
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Logan, he has a chance, sure, if he stays healthy. Injuries were what kept him from getting drafted. But if he can stay on the field, he has a chance to back up Kalil. He's second on the depth chart right now.
Stevie, he'll find a way to get 10 sacks, I'm sure. He'll probably get four of them against the Vikings. He's going to be amped up for those two games.