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Possible Options at Quarterback for the Vikings | Post Teddy Injury

While it was a painful day for Teddy and Vikings fans, it’s time to start looking towards life without Teddy in 2016. The quarterback pool is razor thin and the Vikings are already behind the clock to add someone in time for the start of the season. While Shaun Hill will almost certainly start the season as the Vikings starting quarterback, longterm for 2016 Minnesota will be looking to add depth and someone to possibly take over the starting spot early in the year. Below are 5 guys that very well could be wearing that beautiful color of purple before the week is over.

Josh McCown, Browns

Browns haven’t been shy about being open to shopping the 37 year old quarterback. While he isn’t a sexy name, he could be the best option to fill Teddy’s shoes. He has plenty of experience, has played in the NFC North and brings a veteran presence. Would most likely come with a price tag of a draft pick in the 4th round range.

Mark Sanchez, Broncos

I have never been a very large Sanchez fan …. but when options are limited anything is possible. Sanchez does have experience and has had a few years to sit on the bench to season. During his time in Philly he actually did show some life. His play has been inconsistent during his 7 year career, and as hard as it is to imagine the butt-fumbler in Purple it might not be too far fetched, and wouldn’t cost a ton.

Mike Glennon, Bucs

Aside from McCown this would be my 2nd best option, Glennon has proven he can win game and while he is most likely suited as a career backup, he could come in for a year and help the Purple win some ball games. Still a youngster at 26 years old, the former North Carolina St. quarterback has a career passer rating of 83.7 along with 29 TDs to only 15 INTs. The asking price would be the wild card here …. the Bucs would be smart to hold on to him as he offers solid stability behind Winston.

Mike Vick, Free Agent

OK this one is pretty far fetched, but as long as he is saying he wants to play teams will be tempted ….. His best days are clearly behind him and many other things would have to fall through for this to actually happen, but it’s fun to think of what Vick and A.P. could do as a tandem. This free agent wouldn’t cost a thing, except his low salary.

Geno Smith, Jets

The Jets are set at quarterback with Fitzpatrick, and as of now Geno is struggling to hang on to the back-up spot. So why would the Vikings be interested in the Jets quarterback? Well …. if anyone needs a fresh start it’s Smith and going into a situation with the Vikings could be a win/win for both parties. While his leadership skills are questionable, the Vikings have that pretty squared away with a handful of vets.

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Vikings Who Need To Step Up in 2016 | #5 Jeff Locke

#5 | Jeff Locke

I gotta be honest i’m amazed Locke is still even on the squad. Not only that … but the Vikings didn’t even bring anyone in to really compete for his job. That said … he is our punter and all we can do is hope for improvement in 2016.

Why Locke’s Performance is so Important

It’s no secret why the punter is important to the team, his job is to pin the opposing offense deep in their own territory and allow the special teamers to get to the rerturnman before he can make a big play. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case with Locke. Time and time again he has given the opposing team not good, but great field position putting the Vikings defense in a tough spot. His career average of 43.4 yards a punt needs to improve and also his consistency, you just never really know if you are going to get a 60 yard boomer … or a 30 yard dud that goes flying out of bounds.

Best Case
He proves all his doubters (including me) wrong and bounces back with a big season.

Worst Case
We continue to see the same old Locke as we have seen for the past 3 seasons …. which at least SHOULD put his fate for 2017 in serious doubt.

#10 – Charles Johnson
#9 – “Other Safety”
#8 – Matt Kalil
#7 – Laquon Treadwell
# 6 – Joe Berger

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Vikings Who Need to Step-Up in 2016 | #6 Joe Berger

#6 | Joe Berger

The Vikings appear all but ready to move on from long-time center John Sullivan. While it is painful to see a favorite on the outs with the franchise, everything we have seen in the preseason has shown that Berger has outplayed Sullivan …… and it isn’t even that close. While Berger is at 34 years old is by no means a long term solution, he offers a cheaper/better solution for the 2016 season.

Why Joe Berger is so Important

The Vikings SHOULD have a much improved offensive line from the 2015 season. With a handful of new faces and Fusco moving back to his home on the right side, this could be the best the line has been in the past few years. Berger’s play will be a large part of making or breaking the o-line success. His play isn’t sexy and won’t win any awards but he is steady and can get the job done.

Teddy is entering a pivotal year of his career and will need all the protection he can get if he wants to lead this team into the playoffs. Oh … and lets not forget about #28 …. if the line plays as expected 1,500+ yards shouldn’t be too far fetched.

Best Case
Berger continues to play as he has in the past, and helps anchor the offensive line and the Vikings never look back and regret moving on from Sully.

Worst Case
Berger’s play takes a hit and the Vikings immediately regret from moving on from John Sullivan.

Top 10

#10 – Charles Johnson
#9 – “Other Safety”
#8 – Matt Kalil
#7 – Laquon Treadwell
# 6 – Joe Berger

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5 Things To Watch For in the Vikings 3rd Preseason Game

The Vikings are finally home playing their first game in US Bank Stadium this Sunday afternoon.  There are many hot topics to look for when watching this contest, and here are five of them.

5. The Look and Feel of US Bank

This Sunday’s game will be the first ever played at US Bank Stadium.  How will it look and feel on TV for those watching at home?  Will there be weird shadows? Will it be nice and bright and feel like the game is outdoors?  How loud will it be?  Lots of intrigue with the new stadium and this Sunday’s game will be the first to test how much of an advantage this field really gives the Purple.

4. Laquon He Get Open?

There is no way to sugar coat it, Laquon Treadwell didn’t look god against the Seahawks.  The first rounder struggled to get any type of separation and poorly misjudged the one ball he could have caught.  It was a big step back after such a solid debut against the Bengals.  Treadwell will look to have much more success versus a secondary that isn’t nearly what he faced a week ago.

3. All Out of Locke?

Jeff Locke started out last week’s game nicely by pinning the Seahawks inside the five.  After that things got real ugly.  He had multiple touch backs, and then shanked a punt which gave Seattle excellent field position.  It really is mind boggling how he is even still on the roster.  Maybe the Vikings are just waiting to see who gets released when the final 53’s come out, and then plan on grabbing the best option.  The team may be wise to start trying out a new holder for Walsh this week, because Locke’s time with the team really needs to end soon.

2. Safety Battle

In week one, it was Jayron Kearse making a name for himself with some big plays against the Bengals.  In week two, veteran Michael Griffin stepped up and played pretty well.  So a murky situation got even murkier.  Who will step up in the biggest preseason game of the year?  Can Kearse bounce back?Will Griffin make it two in a row?  Or will  someone like Antone Exum step up his game and turn the heads of the coaching staff?  Only time will tell.

1. Will Teddy Play?

The biggest shocker last Thursday night in Seattle was that Teddy Bridgewater didn’t play a snap.  All head coach Mike Zimmer would say is that it was his decision and Teddy was fine.  Then later in the week ESPN reported that Bridgewater had a sore shoulder.  So will no. 5 take the field this Sunday? Fans will be watching close if he does, and will see if he shows any signs of soreness or injury.  The Vikings would be wise to let him play into the third quarter, getting plenty of reps, before resting him until the season opener against the Titans.

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Vikings Who Need To Step Up in 2016 | #7 Laquon Treadwell

#7 | Laquon Treadwell

The Vikings used their first round choice on the big wideout from Ole Miss.  His overall speed is a question mark, but he has good size, runs smooth routes, and has big strong mitts.  That is why the Vikings took him and added him to this offense, hoping he will make their passing attack a little more dangerous.

Why Treadwell’s Performance is so Important

It’s probably not fair to put a rookie on this list, as each player is different on how long it takes them to adjust to the NFL level.  But the Vikings didn’t draft Treadwell for the future, they drafted him to help out this season.  If he can work his way into being the Vikings’ number two receiver, it will give Teddy Bridgewater something he didn’t have a year ago; a big physical target who can go up and fight and come down with those contested balls.  It also would give no.  5 another big red zone target, making life easier for the young quarterback as a whole.  Treadwell flashed his ability in the opening preseason game against the Bengals, but took a step back against the Seahawks.  Clearly, he has some growing pains to overcome before he consistently is a help to this offense.

Best Case
Treadwell becomes the Vikings no. 2 wide receiver.  He earns Teddy’s trust and catches 5-8 balls a game.  His presence makes opposing defenses respect the Vikings passing attack, removing one safety from the box.  This makes life easier for Adrian Peterson and the Vikings offense becomes as dangerous as it’s defense.

Worst Case
Treadwell can’t crack the starting lineup, and the lack of separation he suffered in Seattle becomes the norm.  He drops  down the Vikings receiver depth chart, becoming the 5th target.  He finishes the season with 26 catches, 223 receiving yds, 1 touchdown and a ton of question marks.

TOP 10

#10 – Charles Johnson
#9 – “Other Safety”
#8 – Matt Kalil
#7 – Laquon Treadwell
# 6 – Joe Berger

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