ChatWrap: NFCN rookies and Sidney Rice

Thanks to everyone for taking part in Tuesday's intense but abbreviated SportsNation chat. You provided your usual thought-provoking questions, and let's take this opportunity to amplify a couple of our answers.

Original exchange:

Minn Sports Fan (MN)

Of all the NFC north rookies, which has impressed you most in camp?

Kevin Seifert (2:04 PM)

Interesting. So far, I would say I liked what I saw (briefly) of Ndamukong Suh. Just his personality. He's a serious, serious man. I also think Chris Cook looked pretty smooth at cornerback for the Vikings.


Let's name a rookie that stood out in each NFC North training camp.

Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton: I hope this doesn't sound too simple, but Wootton definitely looks the part. When you see a legitimate 6-foot-6 defensive end with long arms walk past, you think, "This guy has a chance to have a chance." I didn't notice him overpowering any offensive linemen, but it was early in camp. From a physical standpoint, Wootton has all of the tools.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh: In addition to his serious demeanor, Suh wasted no time making his presence known on the field after a brief holdout. His first-practice battles with right guard Stephen Peterman and left guard Rob Sims were intense.

Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Neal: This guy is a rock-solid 294 pounds and was getting extensive playing time with the second-team defense. Once he learns the Packers' scheme, you can envision Neal splitting time with left end Ryan Pickett.

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook: It's not often that you see a 6-2 cornerback, let alone one that runs the way Cook does. Whether he can cover won't be determined until the preseason, but like the rest of these rookies, he has the physical attributes to have a chance.

Original exchange:

Dan (Wisconsin)

Do you buy that Sidney Rice is exaggerating his hip injury because he's mad about his contract?

Kevin Seifert (2:06 PM)

I think it's a really interesting issue. Something strange has happened. He participated in minicamp in mid-June without a hitch. Then, after that, he started saying that his hip was still bothering him. The Vikings don't seem to think it's a big deal, and there have been mixed messages throughout. I think he's probably mad about his contract, but it's an awfully serious allegation to suggest that he's dogging it. At this point, there isn't enough evidence to say that he is.


I still feel the same way, but I remain curious about what happened between minicamp and training camp. I also think it's notable that agent Drew Rosenhaus announced Rice's injury information via his Twitter account. It's not often that Rosenhaus, or any other agent for that matter, publicly proclaims that his player his injured. I'll say this: Rice should be well-rested and in excellent condition when he eventually does return.