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Tryg, that remains to be seen. His salary is guaranteed for the season, so it's not like they will save money by cutting him or trading him, and they have historically kept three quarterbacks. But if Ponder lights it up against second-stringers and third-stringers during the preseason, I wouldn't be surprised if a team that needs a quarterback offered a late-round pick for Ponder, who could definitely use a change of scenery.
Yes, Vicki. While Norv Turner hardly used a fullback last season, there is still a need to have one on the roster. And Line is bigger, cheaper and younger than Jerome Felton.
Buzz, this sounds like a fantasy football question. Anyway, I'd go with Cordarrelle.
Corey, it's too early for me to say that. They haven't even played a preseason game yet. But typically teams like to keep all their draft picks, and I know Zimmer likes the defensive backs they drafted in the last couple of rounds and we have seen seventh-round linebacker Brandon Watts get some run in camp. Remember, there is going to be at least one of those bubble rookies who "stubs his toe" and has to be put on IR, keeping them with the team and essentially giving them a redshirt year.
They are pleased with Asiata and they like Jerick McKinnon's potential, so I assume they will stick with what they've got on the roster.
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.