Can the Vikings beat the defending NFC champs? Will the Vikings have any sort of running game? Is Bradford going to be able to repeat his performance from last week?
Tonight at 7 CT the Vikings will be taking on the LA Rams. They are more than likely going to be starting the game with Jared Goff at QB, who has been anything but consistent this preseason. Will the Vikings backup defense have a feeding frenzy on the young QB or will he show some improvement? The Vikings will be taking a long look at QBs Joel Stave and Brad Sorensen to see who will be backing up Shaun Hill, while Taylor Heinicke recovers from his moronic injury (kicking in a glass door while drunk) that will likely keep him out for about 3 more weeks. There are also some interesting position battles that will be decided tonight.
Safeties: With Exum’s move to IR the remaining back up safeties are Jayron Kearse, Michael Griffin, and Anthony Harris. While Kearse has played well as he has come away with a couple picks, it will take a strong outing for him to overtake Griffin as Sendejo’s primary backup.
Linebackers: The Vikings are absolutely stacked at LB with the likes of Edmond Robinson, Emmanuel Lamur, and Brandon Watts battling out to back up Barr and Greenway. It would seem as though Lamur has the edge to be Greenway’s backup as he has more experience, is solid in pass coverage, but is in need of growth in the run game. Robinson will likely be backing up Barr and Watts will continue to be a special team specialist. Audie Cole and Kentrell Brothers will be facing off to see who will be Kendricks backup, with Cole likely being the winner and Brothers finding a spot on the PS.
DE: The Vikings have an embarrassment of riches along the DLine with the likes of Hunter and Trattou backing up Griffen and Robison and the developing talent of Stephen Weatherly. The question is can Weatherly overtake Trattou or is he destined for the PS?
HB: Will Matt Asiata continue to be the 3rd running back or can the youngster Ham beat him out?
WR: With Diggs, Treadwell, and Johnson at the top of the depth chart the Vikings have an intense battle going on between Patty and Theilen with Wright bringing up the rear. Wright likely will lose out to Patty as “Flash” is a stud kick returner. Böhringer is a major question as he hasn’t really done anything, although that is to be expected for a guy who has never played even close to the level of competition he is facing. He likely will be at the top of the PS list, hopefully no one steals him before he has a chance to develop.
There are other interesting battles at backup TE and OLine, with Clemmings earning extra reps with Kalil being dinged up. There is some bad blood between the Vikings and the Rams after S Joyner took a shot at Teddy’s head.
Also very important the VFB FF league draft is set for Friday, Sep 2, 2016 at 5:00pm CDT
Today at 9pm CT the Vikings will be taking on Seattle. The team they should have beat in the playoffs, if not for a broken play going Wilson’s way and a botched FG. Anyways, the Vikings starting offense will be looking to show continued improvement from last week’s 2nd drive.
Can Bridgewater continue to show that he has enough arm when needed? Will the starting OLine, mainly Kalil, keep Teddy safe? Are the Vikings WRs going to play big in the preseason, only to peter out when the regular season begins (Charlie Johnson)?
As for the defense will they continue to do what they did last year and play shitty against the run? Will Mack and Waynes continue to show development?
Do you guys want the Vikings to dump Jarius Wright, if so why? He is very consistent and doesn’t really cost that much.
Is everyone still interested in the VFB fantasy football league? When is a good time for the draft?
The Vikings have a few immediate needs, but will mostly be looking to add some depth and future starters. Will these needs prove to great to put off or will the Vikings target a specific position or person? All will be revealed on Thursday, but for now it is time to mock the mocks and see who may likely be going where in this year’s draft. The first round only has 31 picks as the Patriots lost because of their soft balls. So lets get started boys and girls.
- Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff, QB, Cal
There is no way the Rams traded up to pick any other position than QB. While there is doubts on who it should be, rumors are circulating that it is Goff. Goff has a ton of potential and paired with the supporting cast of the Rams he could have an impressive rookie year, if they get him a WR.
- Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota
Wentz is more pro ready than Goff, but many will ding him over playing a lower level of competition. There will be some growing pains as Carson gets used to the speed of the NFL, but with the NFC East being little more than a joke he could actually reach the playoffs his rookie year.
- San Diego Chargers
Laremy Tunsil, LT, Ole Miss
The Chargers could go a number of ways, either strengthening their secondary by adding CB/S Ramsey, getting a LB like Jack, or in this case adding an actual OT who can protect Rivers’ blindside. If not for QB needy teams Tunsil would have gone number 1.
- Dallas Cowboys
Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Many want the Cowboys to take HB Zeke Elliot, but the need at DE with all the failed drug tests just keeps increasing. The obvious DE pick would be Bosa, but he has also had off the field things, so the Cowboys should go for the cleaner, more explosive Lawson.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
Gus Bradley loves big corners and when one of those big corners is one of the best players in the draft you don’t waste any time running that pick to the podium.
- Baltimore Ravens
Ronnie Stanley, LT, Notre Dame
Stanley makes almost too much sense to be the pick here. Ravens love going BPA and he is one of the best players around, he will also help strengthen an OLine that was held together with shoe strings and bubble gum protect Flacco who is coming off a ACL tear.
- San Francisco 49ers
DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
The 9ers couldn’t trade up for one of the top QBs, but they land a guy that will make one of them regret being in the NFC East. Buckner has some familiarity with HC Chip Kelly, so more than likely he may be used to the way Kelly coaches.
- Cleveland Browns
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Bosa is a relentless monster and if you are playing the likes of Flacco, Dalton, and Big Ben 6 out of your 16 games you need a guy like that to go QB hunting.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
The Bucs land the 2nd best corner in the draft, with the hopes that he can help mitigate the dangerous offenses of the Saints, Falcons, and Panthers. He will likely be burned on more than a few occasions, but given time Hargreaves could be great.
- New York Giants
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
There are growing concerns about Jack’s knee, but the Giants may look past that as they need an immediate play maker on defense. Sure Jack likely will not last past his first contract, but he will dominate while he is on the field.
- Chicago Bears
A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
The Bears as said to be in love with Elliot, but they need an anchor for their 3-4 defense. Robinson is a monster who will eat blockers and free up some blitzers, although they will still need to get a rush LB at some point.
- New Orleans Saints
Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
Ragland is insanely good and the Saints would love to get a great young leader for their defense.
- Miami Dolphins
Ezekiel Elliot, HB, Ohio State
The Dolphins would love for Elliot to fall to them, but that likely will not happen (more likely they trade up with the Cowboys). If they can land Elliot they will have a complete back, obviously a threat in the run game, but a solid pass catcher, and amazing in pass protection. Getting someone like that will only help Tannehill grow.
- Oakland Raiders
Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
The Raiders may have grab some help for the OLine over the past 2 FA, but they need a long term answer at LT, Conklin will give them that. Pairing him with Osemele and Hudson would solidify Derek Carr’s protection in a way that his older brother never knew was possible.
- Tennessee Titans
Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
The Titans could easily go OLine in hopes of finding a RT, but they can usually be found in the later rounds, so they should find a good young corner. Apple has some technical issues, but Dick LeBeau can help him overcome those.
- Detroit Lions
Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
The Lions may target a WR after Cal John’s retirement, but doing so at this point would just undermine the big time contract given to Marvin Jones. Instead the Lions should go defense as Durant has left and Levy doesn’t have much in the tank. Floyd would be a nice piece next to Whitehead.
- Atlanta Falcons
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Why WR? Well Matty Ice is at his best when he has a ton of targets. Tread is the most polished WR this draft, but his lack of elite speed may hurt him from becoming a no. 1. This pick would also allow Julius Jones to not be the only guy as he has been beaten into a bruised mess, yet somehow still being able to dominate.
- Indianapolis Colts
Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Your franchise QB can’t do a thing if he is not on the field, Decker will make sure that Luck never has internal injuries again.
- Buffalo Bills
Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT Mississippi
Rex Ryan is one of the guys everyone says that can get the best out of his defense, so why not pair him with the Nkemdiche the man with all the potential in the world if only he’d use it.
- New York Jets
Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky
The Jets may try to move up, but lack the picks to do so. Therefore they are stuck, so maybe they try and land the guy everyone is comparing to Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. Spence likely will not live up to those aspirations, but he could be really good if his head is right.
- Washington Redskins
Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
The Redskins landed on of the best CBs, in Josh Norman, so they should grab someone to help him make their secondary a fearsome unit. Joseph is a dangerous play maker and his development will only accelerate if paired with a “lockdown” corner like Norman.
- Houston Texans
Will Fuller, WR, Norte Dame
The Texans landed their QB in FA, so they would only help his growth if they find him a good no. 2 WR to go with Hopkins. Fuller will take advantage of the cannon that Osweiler has, although he needs to learn his routes and more importantly how to catch.
- Minnesota Vikings
Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Doctson is not afraid to fight for the ball when it is in the air and that is what Teddy needs, someone he can trust to snatch the ball away on the not so good throws. Besides his strong hands Doctson is adept at running routes and has better than average speed. Out of all the WR in this draft Doc has the most potential to develop into a no. 1. (Could see the Vikes trading up to insure they get him.)
- Cincinnati Bengals
Corey Colman, WR, Baylor
Colman has speed for days and is pretty good at running routes, his main knock is his lack of size. Since the Bengals lost Jones and Sanu in FA they are hurting for WRs outside of Green, so getting someone like Colman would be the best way to help Dalton as the Bengals try to win their first playoff game in basically forever.
- Pittsburgh Steelers
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
The Steelers no longer have Ike Taylor and the rest of their secondary is pretty bare, so adding someone who is as talented as Alexander may bring their defense back to dominance. Alexander may be smaller than your typical no.1 corner, but his technique is impressive (very similar to Jason Verrett).
- Seattle Seahawks
Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
The Seahawks lost Bruce Irvin, even though he didn’t live up to his potential in Seattle, so finding a replacement may be the way to go. Lee is great in coverage and while he may never overpower blockers, but that is not as much of a problem with the Seahawks DLine freeing him up to kill QBs.
- Green Bay Packers
Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
B.J. Raji is gone, so finding a replacement could be the way to go. Reed is a dominate run defender and may eat up blockers setting their rush LBs to do what they do.
- Kansas City Chiefs
William Jackson III, CB, Houston
The Chiefs may have landed a stud CB in Marcus Peters during last year’s draft, but they need someone to play opposite of him since Sean Smith left in FA.
- Arizona Cardinals
Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
The Cardz are pretty solid all around, so it is possible they try and find a QB of the Future. Palmer would be a great mentor for Lynch.
- Carolina Panthers
Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
Most would scream that a corner to replace the loss of Norman is a must, but grabbing someone for the sake of taking a guy at that position is moronic and could very well be a waste of a pick. Instead the Panthers will try to improve their OLine by adding a guy who can play all three of the interior positions along it if needed.
- Denver Broncos
Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State
The Broncos have everything they need to repeat except a QB, but again adding a person of a position of need without having faith in the guy will only hurt the team. Now the question is why a rush LB, and the answer is simple: as in just in case things don’t work out with Von Miller. Finding an OT to replace the recently traded away Clady is an option as well.
The Vikings have some glaring needs along the OLine, Wr, and Safety, should we try to fill atleast one of them in FA? Is there a big named FA who would solve all our problems? Doubtful, but maybe we should pick up some mid level guys that Zimmer and company are familiar with in hopes of transitioning the younger guys into more important roles.
A list of some of these players: http://espn.go.com/blog/minnesota-vikings/post/_/id/18149/mike-zimmers-former-players-could-make-sense-for-vikings-in-free-agency
What are your thoughts? Is there a player you guys want? Or should we build through the draft, while relying on the support structure currently in place?
the day has finally come for the VFB FF League to draft their teams and battle in a year dog fight for supremacy. Will last years champs the Roughneck continue to prove that they are the Best in the World? Or will the LesBarooooos (ReDux) step out of the gutters and shock the world? Who will take the crown? All these and many more questions will be answered in the weeks to come, but it all starts tonight at 8pm CT.
Today is the Vikings final preseason game and they will be facing the Titans. While most of the starters will be sitting on their backside having already earned their spots, many hungry, young players will be fighting to make the squad. Will Diggs prove he should be the PR guy making Sherels obsolete? Will one or two of the young OLinemen prove that with them we have depth? Can Heinicke show enough to make the team or will he be relegated to the PS? This game may not matter when in the record books, but it will form the building blocks of the team for years to come.
Also the VFB FF League draft is this Sunday, September 6th, at 8pm CT.
In a few minutes the Vikings will take on the Cowboys in Dallas. While it will be the Vikings 4th preseason game, it will be their dress rehearsal for the regular season, which means the Vikings starters will likely get extensive time. Perhaps they will unveil some new plays that will strike fear into defenses. Or they could make everyone (casual fans) doubt the hard work Coach Zim has been putting in. Now the game is meaningless as far as wins and loses, but each and every player should be fighting to earn the right to be apart of the 2015-16 Vikings as they try and do what all of those before have failed to do. Who has what it takes?
Tonight the Vikings take on the surprisingly promising Raiders in the Vikings 3rd preseason game. Soon Teddy will face off against the 2nd best QB of last years draft, Bridgewater being the best, Derek Carr. While Carr may have the bigger arm, Teddy will prove tonight that he can and will make better decisions as he slices the Raiders secondary to pieces as he showcases the talented weapons that are growing around him. Then the man, the myth, the legendary Ponder-er will make an appearance as he poos in his pants while trying to decide what to do with the ball, before eating turf.
actually it is as this Saturday the Vikings take on the Bucs in our 2nd of 5 Pre-Season games. While the end result will not matter in the grand scheme of things, it should be a nice way to see how far players young and old have come. It will be interesting to see how many snaps the starters get as well as which WRs have found the ever elusive chemical combination, I mean chemistry with Teddy. Maybe the Flasher known as Patty will establish himself as a viable option or perhaps an unknown player will light it up like Victor Cruz against the Cowboys all those years ago, becoming a break out star for the Vikings.
With that all said let me remind you all that the VFB FF League Draft is set for Friday, Aug 21st at 7:00pm CDT.
Skol Vikings and all that stuff.