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Goose, I think it's way too early to panic. Adrian and the Vikings have gotten off to slow starts on the ground in each of the past three seasons. Adrian, of course, didn't play another game in 2014. But things worked out well for him last season, when he won another rushing title. Adrian, hopefully, knocked some rust off after sitting out another preseason and the five offensive linemen need to develop some chemistry. This was their first game together, including preseason. I think they'll be OK.
If he costs them a game in the next couple of weeks, it might be time for them to bite the bullet with his salary and make a chance. We'll see how he responds after a disappointing performance in Nashville.
I was surprised, too. Zimmer pointed to Stefon Diggs not playing until Week 4 last season as an example of waiting to play a rookie when he is ready. But with Charles Johnson being a non-factor in Week 1, I was surprised they didn't give Treadwell some opportunities.
No. But I think Patterson did well enough on his five offensive snaps to warrant more opportunities.
Because you are paying Peterson, the NFL's rushing leader last season and a first-team All-Pro, about $12 million to be the bellcow.
Nothing new from what we reported a day ago. He felt a pop in his knee stretching Sunday morning and did not play. Zimmer said yesterday that he won't need surgery, which is obviously good, but the coach declined to say how long Rhodes will be out.
Is this a serious question?
The Vikings did not share what the other structural damage is, and that is significant for trying to determine how long Teddy might be out. All they said, basically, is that there were no surprises once Teddy went under the knife. But the addition of Sam Bradford, who is under contract through 2017, suggests that they have concerns about Teddy being ready for the start of training camp next year.
I'm not going to put a number on it, but I think they start Sam this week. That was the initial plan when they traded for him 10 days ago. I don't know if Shaun Hill, who was solid, did enough to get them to change that plan. Also, we aren't allowed to watch the full practice, so it's hard to say how Sam has looked, other being pretty limber during the team stretch at the start of practice.
Yes, but it won't be easy.
But why aren't you in your playbook?!?
Score touchdowns instead of kicking field goals.
No, but they will send the specialists over once, probably tomorrow, to kick there.
Sometime in the next few weeks. With all due respect to Charles Johnson, Laquon Treadwell is the more talented player and a better fit for the split end role. He will get his chance soon enough.
That is the biggest difference between Sam and Shaun. Shaun was actually pretty good in the 10-to-20-yard range Sunday, and that's important in this offense. But he couldn't stretch out the Titans deep, which allowed them to continue putting all 11 guys within 12 yards of the line of scrimmage. Sam, who has a stronger arm than Bridgewater, is more equipped to make opponents pay for doing that.
No. Now, if Shaun Hill is stills tarting by the time October rolls around, THAT would be shocking.
No. It just takes time to learn a playbook. Plus, and this is possibly even more important, he has to get used to the guys he's throwing to. How do they run routes? How fast are they in a game? Can they be trusted on a tight throw in traffic? That familiarity does not come in a classroom.
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If he plays well, he earns more opportunities. If he makes the most of those, then his role increases more. And if he keeps looking like the Cordarrelle of old, then maybe?