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When does the Vikings,Packers,Bears, & Lions Rookie Mini Camp Start?
The Vikings had theirs last weekend. The other three teams have theirs this weekend: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
If you had to make a prediction, what's your prognostication for Cutler this season? Does he finish the year signing a long-term deal with the Bears or will he be a FA trying to resurrect his career?
Wow. I think the Bears really want to make it work with him. Look at their history at the position, and how much they gave up to get Cutler, to understand how hard it is to get a quarterback even of his stature. He might not have reached the level the Bears have hoped for, but I would imagine half or more of the NFL would trade their starter for him. If I had to predict, I say he ends up staying with the Bears.
Is it safe to say that this will be the last ear in purple for K. Williams?
Most likely, yes. That was the impression I got after he re-negotiated his contract.
Can you give me some insight into the Packer's thoughts on their ILB situation. Releasing DJ Smith didn't make a whole lot of sense and now possibly shopping Bishop. Do they like Terrell Manning?
I don't think they were shopping Bishop. It's more likely that someone called asking about his availability, knowing the Packers had given Brad Jones a pretty big contract. The Packers usually like giving their draft picks a chance, so in that regard I'm sure they're intrigued by Manning. I've assumed that the Packers were too concerned about the state of Smith's knee, but maybe I'm wrong.
True or False: Patterson supplants Jerome Simpson as the Vikes #2 WR by week 3?
Not sure it will happen that fast. He's got a long way to go. They'll have a package they'll use Patterson in early on. But maybe Simpson gets bumped by an extra tight end? Who knows.
Many people were screaming for TT to upgrade the Packers at safety, but as of yet, the team has placed it's faith in it's young players. Does this seem like a wise decision?
It's what the Packers have done routinely, to more success than failure, in the TT era. Can't be surprised by it. Let's see what Jerron McMillian can do after a full offseason.
I am sure you have 100 of these in alraedy, but are you kidding me with the news on Slay (Lions)? How many times are they going to gamble with the 2nd round picks? Please tell me I am overreacting...
Generally speaking, a meniscus isn't a serious injury. But you don't like to see a draft pick have more surgeries than practice snaps. The Lions kind of fed into this reaction by downplaying the injury at draft time and then quietly sending him off to get surgery. It makes the injury seem worse than expected, even if it wasn't.
Do you think the Packers will try to sign guys like Sam Sheilds with all of that cap space or will they carry it over to next year?
Maybe a little bit of both? I wouldn't be in a rush to sign Sam Shields to a big multi-year deal. He's been really up and down in his career.
does Toby Gerhart have any trade value? Or do you think the Vikings just keep him on the roster this season, and then draft a backup in the mid-rounds next season?
The second scenario seems likely. I mean, I wouldn't sit Adrian Peterson to play Toby Gerhart more. Would you? And if I'm him, I definitely want to go elsewhere when my contract is up.
I think releasing Kluwe isn't that big of a deal. I admire him for sharing his opinions and his willingness to champion causes he felt strongly about. While people look to make a big deal of his release, aren't the Vikings doing him a solid by cutting him now as opposed to later? I think some folks are turning this story into a lot bigger deal than it really is.
Kluwe is a well-established punter who isn't near a retirement point, so from the outside it might seem surprising to see him released. It makes people wonder if there are other reasons. But as we discussed on the blog yesterday, there are plenty of financial and football justifications for the move. The sexy story is that the Vikings released Kluwe because they didn't like his off-field interests, but I don't think it's that easy of an explanation.
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Kevin, same question as CR posted, but this time for Ponder. Where are we with him at the end of this season?
He needs to have a good, consistent 16-game season in 2013. I'm not sure it's fair to expect Pro Bowl honors or anything like that, but he at least has to avoid the clunkers he had last year against Green Bay in the first game, vs. Tennessee and also Tampa Bay.
Hi Kevin, what's more likely to happen? Adrian Peterson getting 2500 yards, or Green Bay having a MUCH better (against read option?) defense.
I think there is almost no chance Peterson gets 2,500 yards. So by definition there is a better chance of the Packers having a much better defnse.
What type of impact do you predict Datone Jones will have for the Packers?
He'll give them a guy that is hard to block and makes big plays against the run and pass. It's not fair to expect him to lead a turnaround of their outside run defense, especially against the read option. But he can do his part.
Kev, when are we going to find out how Jay-C is performing under Trestman? mini camps? training camp? season opener? I'm dying to know what the difference will look like.
Probably not until the regular season. Offseason practices and training camp will give us an idea of what the Bears are emphasizing (at least for public consumption), but it won't be worth judging until the games start.
Will I have a chance to win the backup quarterback job this year in Green Bay?
I'm sure the Packers would like to see a competition, but Graham Harrell would have to be considered the favorite.
What changes do you anticipate after the shakeup in the Packers Offensive Line? And who would you prognosticate has the inside track for the RT position. Is Derek Sherrod ever going to be healthy?
Hard to make any plans for Derek Sherrod. If he gets back and competes, that's a bonus. The guess is that it will be Marshall or Barclay. Remember, Marshall had played some right tackle before Chad Clifton got hurt a few years ago.
Is it likely Greg Childs can make it on the field anytime this year?
Same mindset as Derek Sherrod: Anything he provides is gravy. He suffered a terrible, terrible injury that typically takes 18 months to recover from.
Rumor has it that the Colts at 24 and the Pack at 26 planned on drafting Long if he was availible. Is it starting to not sound like a "Reach" anymore?
Yes, Gil Brandt reported he heard that. I haven't, but that doesn't mean anything. If that's the case, then the Bears did the right thing.
Has anyone figured out why Floyd dropped all the way to 23? Got to be more than short arms
That and production. Some teams make a big deal about that. He had one sack during the season and two more in the Gators' bowl game, but let's just say that opposing offenses never lost track of where he was on the field and blocked accordingly.
Wasn't Slay's knee procedure a minor thing? Some fans seem to be blowing up over it. Thought I heard a few weeks and he's back to normal and probably read for Training Camp?
It is considered a minor thing in and of itself. But the Lions have a history of drafting players with injuries who then have injuries in the NFL. Jahvid Best is a prime example. That makes it a bigger deal. Also, the Lions and Slay said last week that he didn't need surgery and would be ready for rookie minicamp. That turned out not to be true. So that also piques the suspicion of some people as well. Are they to be believed now when they say it is minor if they said a couple weeks ago that he didn't need surgery?
Who do you see as the #2 wideout in Detroit? One of the receivers coming off of ACL surgery or Mike Thomas or even Kris Durham?
Nate Burleson had a broken leg, not an ACL. So the guess is he will be a prime candidate to start. Ryan Broyles (ACL) has an outside chance. Mike Thomas might be the healthiest of the group, though.
Given what's been said about Lacy being able to attack the Cover 2 defense, can we expect that Packers may scorch or at least be less affected by the Bears' defense and any other team imploying 2 high this coming season?
That would be the Packers' hope: To get the running yards that defenses are affording them.
Kevin, Do you see Corey Williams returning to the Lions?
No reason to think that's the case at the moment. Maybe they sign him after taking a look at younger players during OTAs.
Will Aaron Rodgers be sacked fewer times in 2013 than in 2012, or (heaven forbid) more?
It would be hugely disappointing for the Packers if his sack totals don't go down. They've made wholesale changes on the offensive line to help prevent that.
Have you heard anything about how Broyles (Detroit) is doing physically. Will he be able to open the season.
The timetable from when he suffered the injury puts him right up against it. He has a chance.
Where does the blame fall in the recent slew of injury/behavioral problems that have plagued Lions drafts? Management or Lady Luck?
All of the above. But in the case of Slay, they absolutely knew everything there was to know about the injury. They had to know surgery was an option. They surely projected the worst-case scenario before they drafted him.
Which is most accurate give his unsigned status? Urlacher is a fool for not taking the Bears offer or the Bears being foolish to offer him so much?
How about neither? The Bears really didn't offer him much. The $2 million was not all guaranteed. He wasn't going to get too much more than the veteran's minimum. And I don't blame Urlacher for turning down the deal. You have to wonder if the Bears really wanted him back given the offer. I don't blame him for not wanting to put himself in that situation.
You have referred to Rick S. as Crazy Rick in your blogs and I must assume there is a joke there that I must have missed. He has take alot of shots about the job he did in Miami and the first couple of years in Minn. with the Childress era. Since he has taken over full control I think he has done a great job. Am I the crazy one?
I've always tried to link back to where the name originated. It was during the draft last season when a reporter (not me) told Spielman he would be crazy not to take Matt Kalil. Spielman said something to the effect of, Well, maybe I am. He tried to create the impression that he might take someone besides Kalil, and so I started calling him Crazy Rick as a reference to his attempts to make himself look crazy. Just about every general manager would take a left tackle when given the opportunity.
Any change Charles woodson comes to detroit? He might be the vet presence they need since vandenbosh left on that defense.
That would be cool on many levels, including the fact that he played at Michigan. But the Lions don't have a spot for him as a starter at least. Their starting safeties are Quin and Delmas, and Woodson isn't a cornerback anymore.
A lot of football analysts/writers seem to believe that the Vikings backed their way into the playoffs last season, despite 4 straight wins to finish the regular season, including the must-win game against the Packers. Do you think the media just doesn't take the Vikings seriously because they don't have an established quarterback? If not, what's the source of the odd perceptions regarding their 2012 season?
Frankly, some of the cues came from the Vikings themselves. If they felt that good about 2012, why didn't then extend Leslie Frazier's contract? Are their decision-makers not fully convinced, either? It's fair to wonder....
Now that the hair-brained scheme with the Pull-Tabs is over, the Vikings' plans for a new stadium are pretty much dead, aren't they?
No. There are other blink-on revenue sources and the state will be required to find a way to fund its share.
Agree or disagree: if the Vikings' 2013 offseason has been successful, Adrian Peterson will run for significantly fewer yards this season.
More likely to agree than disagree, assuming the dip is caused by an increase in passing yards.
Why would the Packers want to draft Kyle Long?
Maybe they projected him as a tackle? Maybe the report wasn't accurate?
Do you see BJ Raji getting a long term deal any time soon?
The Packers have the salary cap space to do it, but sometimes it makes sense to stagger contract extensions. Matthews and Rodgers both went on the books this year.
I love all 3 of the Vikings 1st round picks, but the true gem could be Xavier Rhodes. The guy is a solid, solid CB, has great height/speed and has played corner less than any other top CB's drafted - meaning the sky's the limit with the guy.
Your best guess. Who has the more productive rookie year? Eddie Lacy or Johnathon Franklin? I'm guessing Lacy has more rushing yards but Franklin has more all purpose.
Lacy is a pretty good receiver in his own right. If they're both healthy, I'll say Lacy.
Isn't there a chance Jahvid Best gets cleared to play this year and then the Lions sit him this year and play him next season after renegotiating his deal?
I highly highly doubt that. If he's cleared to play, and that's a huge if, they'll get him out there right away. I don't think they're planning on that, though.
Is there a good possibility that Jonathan Franklin could be the starting running back for the Packers?
Sure. When camp started last year, none of us saw Cedric Benson as their Week 1 starter. The Packers aren't afraid to mix back there. But there are a number of people Franklin would have to leapfrong to win that, including DuJuan Harris and Eddie Lacy.
True of False: Green Bay's offensive line will be better this year
It all depends on whether Bryan Bulaga can make the transition to left tackle. If he can do that, they'll be better. It's the most important position on the line and one of the most important in the game.
with the loss of greg jennings, all the shakeups on their OL, and large questions on defense, why are the Packers still the consensus favorites for the NFCN, and a top 6 team to most talking heads?
In terms of the division, who else would you put ahead of them? The Bears are complete unknowns under a new coach. The Lions are coming off 4-12. The Vikings? I'm not willing to go there yet. I would still consider the Packers the spring favorites.
Kevin, Is it safe to say that the Lions are favorites to have the best pre-season record this year?
No one does the preseason like Detroit.
RE: Woodson in Detroit: Delmas gets injured quite a bit. He does have that 42% clause in his contract. He could easily start 8 games for the Lions.
Very true. And would that be worth it to Woodson? Would he want to be in a situation where he's waiting for an oft-injured player to get injured?
Is it really a tough market for Urlacher, Woodson and KVB or are these guys just asking for too much money? I can't imagine no one has offered any of them the veteran's minimum. Heck we know at least Urlacher was. I love guys like Woodson but it seems like if he really wants to play, he can, they just don't want to take the money offered.
To my knowledge, the only team to offer any of those guys anything was the Bears to Urlacher.
Can you refresh my memory on what exactly happened to Nick Perry's knee & if it's really possible for him to return to action at 100% to begin the season?
He sprained it against Houston. But the wrist injury was worse. It had happened before. That's what caused him to go on IR. All indications are that he is healthy.
Am I over estimating Forte thinking he will have 2,000 all purpose yards.
That's high, but Phil Emery did talk about not using Forte enough in the right ways last year. I'm sure it'll be a top priority for Marc Trestman.
Do you get the sense that McCarthy is content, happy and still very energetic in Green Bay? He is at or near the point where a lot of coaches get burnt out and look for a change
I think he works hard to find interesting and new things to do within the job. That's the best way I can put it. He has a way of digging into what seem to be obscure offseason projects that seem to keep him energized.
How likely is it that the Vikings are going to make a run at any Free Agents like Brandon Lloyd or Brian Urlacher before the season to try to sure up their soft spots?
They'll want to see how the younger guys do first, but sure, both are at least possibilities.
Why haven't you updated your photo?
It's not lot it's gotten any better, sir.
Will you have an uh oh post for the next Packers minor injury. With Perry, Harrell, Neal, Worthy, Sherrod, Collins, Terrence Murphy. Thompson has a longer list of drafting Round 1 and 2 players who get hurt.
Were those players also injured regularly in college? Regardless, if any team's second-round draft choice needs surgery before his first OTA or rookie minicamp, it's an uh-oh moment -- especially when the team and the player said surgery wasn't needed.
I don't know why anybody is even hinting that Mayhew's job is in danger. Old man Ford is reluctant to fire anybody (see Millen, Matt or Thomas, Russ). The simple fact is that the Lions are going nowhere until Bill Ford Sr. steps down or is no more. There's no guarantee that Junior will be any better, but at least he seems to have a pulse.
Junior seemed to gain some power when he pushed for Matt Millen's eventual ouster. So that's why there are at least some people who think the Lions won't operate the way you described any more.
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Wow! Can I steal that? Except for the Lions part, of course. Not nice.
Kevin, what would you consider a success this year for Reggie Bush in terms of APY? 1,000?
Rushing and receiving? I would take the over on 1,000.
Why was Kiper and others so convinced that the Vikings would take Teo with 23 or 25? (probably why he gives them the lowest grade of any draft analyst). Most knowledgeable observers know Teo is a 2 down player at best and in the Vikings scheme middle linebacker is not nearly as important as a good DT and CB. Don't you agree?
The Vikings were interested in Te'o and would have taken him if, say, Floyd and Patterson were both off the board by No. 23.
Who will be the Packers punt/kick returners this year? Will they continue to let Cobb do it, or will they give the duty to Jeremy Ross? Or someone else?
McCarthy doesn't want Cobb to do it. Jeremy Ross will get the first chance at that job.
A few weeks ago on this chat, you nailed the Kluwe release. Anyone else (starters) on the Vikes roster from 2012 who likely will be gone on opening day 2013?
Ha, no I'm about tapped out in that regard.
OK everyone, thanks so much. Chat with you soon!