"It takes all 11 to move the football on offense—to run it, to throw it, to score points in the red zone." Kevin O'ConnellAI Sports Predictions
"Is that guy really wired to take his $3-$5 million and play behind someone else?" the executive wondered. "Does it make sense for him to play for that kind of money? Because that’s his value. Add in some incentives, but with his production and the injuries, you can’t convince me he is more than a $5 million player."http://nfltraderumors.co/nfl-rumors-adrian-peterson-cardinals-chiefs-cowboys-ravens/
Adam Schefter reports that if the Vikings reach NFC Championship game, the fourth-round pick they’re sending to the Eagles as part of the Sam Bradford trade would actually be a third-round pick. In this scenario, the Eagles would also send the Vikings a seventh-round pick.http://nfltraderumors.co/nfl-notes-sam-bradford-trade-browns-jets/
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer was noncommittal on DL Isame Faciane‘s future with the team, adding that his arrest was "not very bright."http://nfltraderumors.co/nfl-notes-bears-browns-dolphins-redskins-vikings/
Goessling writes that Emmanuel Lamur is the favorite among the players currently on the roster to take over for veteran Chad Greenway at weak-side linebacker. According to Goessling, it’s possible Lamur could beat out Greenway for the job this year, which could result in Greenway seeing some time in sub packages. While Goessling isn’t ruling out Taylor Heinicke beating out veteran Shaun Hill for the backup quarterback job, he still expects Hill to be their No. 2 option to open the year.http://nfltraderumors.co/nfc-notes-cowboys-lions-vikings/
Top Scoring Defense in the League (You heard it here first!)
Over the last four weeks, Bridgewater leads the league in completion percentage on throws of 10-plus and 15-plus yards. He also has the fifth-highest completion percentage on third-down passes (71.4 percent) during this time frame and has the highest Total QBR on third downs (93.8). . . . In the end, if the OROY voters want to reward the player who has made the biggest impact on his team, and who has done so under the most difficult circumstances, Bridgewater is by far the most logical choice for this award.From K.C. Joyner's article on ESPN Insider, entitled Bridgewater Deserves OROY Award. Kind of hard to argue his logic.
NORV TURNER SOUNDS LIKE TURNOVERAustin Malarchick
I think (Mike) Zimmer in Minnesota is going to do some good things there with that defense with his schemes. If I had to pick one team, I’d go with the Minnesota Vikings. I think overall by the end of the season they will have the best defense in the NFC North.Former NFL head coach Jon Gruden in a conference call on Tuesday. (Quote comes via The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) I'm guessing it won't take that long.