Grading NFC North’s First Round Picks

Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Roquan Smith (Georgia) is selected as the number eight overall pick to the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
We are only one day into the draft, but a lot has already happened and the NFC North has already gotten more interesting. Let...

Vikings: Best in the NFC? They Just Might Be

The Minnesota Vikings were supposed to be in the tank by now. They lost starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, after just one start. Rookie running back, Dalvin Cook, tore his ACL three weeks later. With Teddy Bridgewater still on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, the Vikings only had career journeyman, Case Keenum, to man football's most important position for a Vikings team trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2016. That was the picture after the first four weeks of this season.

Vikings 2018 Roster Preview: Wide Receivers

Offseason training activities are on the horizon. With rookie camp completed, the Minnesota Vikings will now spend the next month evaluating the roster as...

2020 Packers Draft Profile: WR KJ Hamler

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2020 Packers Draft Prospect Profile Name: KJ Hamler Position: Wide Receiver School: Penn State University Height: 5’9″ Weight: 176 pounds Stats Receiving & Rushing Table ...

Breaking: Vikings Select CB Mike Hughes

Nov 24, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; UCF Knights kick returner Mike Hughes (19) runs back the kick 94 yards for the go ahead scorer against the South Florida Bulls during the second half at Spectrum Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
In what was one of the more strange, intriguing and confusing first rounds in recent memory, the Vikings passed on some top offensive line...

Bears sign Cody Parkey

The Chicago Bears announced yesterday that they have found their new kicker: former Miami Dolphin Cody Parkey. Parkey officially signed on the dotted line yesterday,...

Five Breakout Candidates for the Bears

It seems that with every season, without fail, unknown scrubs that barely cracked the roster in the first place transform into a premier contributor...

Charting Cousins: Week 1 49ers @ Vikings

Quarterback play is often one of the hardest positions to evaluate in the NFL during the game. The broadcast angle is shown from the viewpoint of the press box. Because of this, there is often no way to see what the quarterback is seeing.

Packers Active Early in Free Agency

With almost two days in the books in free agency, the Green Bay Packers didn't sit on the sidelines and got in on the...

TBT: Sheriff Denny Green Gets His First Win

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Call it the new Sheriff’s first showdown. Dennis Green was 43 years old on Sept. 6, 1992. He was also on the eastern sideline of Lambeau Field, preparing to make his National Football League coaching debut against the Packers’ Mike Holmgren, who, like Green, was another acorn of the Bill Walsh one-Super-Bowl-win-after-another coaching tree.

Vikings Draft Target: DT Da’Ron Payne

Jan 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm (11) passes the ball as Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne (94) defends during the first quarter in the 2018 CFP national championship college football game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Name: Da'Ron Payne Position: Defensive Tackle School: Alabama Height: 6'2" Weight: 308 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtNnk-fleFg Quickness Even against SEC offensive lines, Payne's quickness off the ball jumps off the screen. When he shoots...

Way Too Early Bears Predictions

Weathering the annual draft hangover and entering the dog days of the NFL offseason, fans and journalists alike have hit the highest degree of...

Cousins, Vikings Starters look Sharp in 42-28 win vs Broncos

Minnesota Vikings quarterback, Kirk Cousins, silenced doubters, at least for this week, with a strong opening touchdown drive in his only series on the night en route to a 42-28 victory over the Denver Broncos.

DeFilippo Playing to Vikings’ Strengths, Masking Weaknesses

Oct 7, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass under pressure from Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (55) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
So the Vikings did not exactly build up a stout line this offseason, and that is certainly costing the Vikings in the running game. But in the passing game, offensive coordinator John DeFilippo is hammering home the schemes that have blossomed from Bill Walsh out to Andy Reid and Doug Pederson while also incorporating the spacing elements of modern spread offenses. It essentially comes down to a few key features: 

2020 Packers Draft Profile: OT Lucas Niang

2020 Packers Draft Prospect Profile Name: Lucas Niang Position: Offensive Tackle School: Texas Christian University Height: 6'6” Weight: 315 pounds Latest Packers News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rg5z0Hf3QM Athletic Profile Lucas Niang has average height and weight...

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