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I'd say they are. Charles Johnson is simply a more polished route runner and a better receiver equipped to help Teddy Bridgewater develop. Let's not forget that's priority No. 1 for the Vikings. It's not going to do Bridgewater any good if they tailor an offense around getting Patterson the ball, limiting themselves and therefore limiting Bridgewater. Cordarrelle needs to develop as a route runner.
Patterson did just spend the past 8 or 9 months hearing how great he was, how he was going to have a breakout season, etc. etc. It's a learning curve for a 23-year-old that's hitting a wall. How he responds this offseason will better dictate his future, not necessarily how he responds in December of a lost season (for him).
Under. Jets may run it 40+ times, but Mike Zimmer will make them throw the football. He's already apt to sticking 8 guys in the box against teams like the Panthers -- he may just put 9, 10 or all 11 against Rex Ryan, who seems adamant on letting the Jets' front office know that Geno Smith isn't the guy he wants.
I agree, but they realize his potential is best suited as the 'X' receiver. His height, speed and skill set pegs him at that position. That doesn't mean he can't move around. But Norv Turner isn't going to cater to Cordarrelle just to get him some catches. Vikings' message: Either develop as a route runner (because you need to whether it's at split, flanker or slot), or you're not going to be playing.
I think Corey Wootton is an acceptable rotational end and they're holding out hope for third-round pick Scott Crichton. The offseason focus should fall on nabbing a couple of linebackers (a starter at MLB) and hope that either you find something in free agency or that Gerald Hodges is your replacement for Greenway. Robert Blanton has come along, not sure how they view him in terms of years to come. But they need more depth, there's no question.
It's possible, but he'll need a big final month here. After that Tampa Bay game, it seemed like a lock. But he hurt his knee in the Chicago game, out of the bye week, and hasn't been the same player since. Pro Football Focus says he's missed more tackles (22) than any other linebacker this year. I didn't realize the metrics were that high, but if that's the case, it certainly doesn't help. We'll see, not sure the competition is too stiff after Kyle Fuller got hurt. Clowney has largely been a nonfactor, Aaron Donald is a rotational guy.
Ben Tate has never been a featured back, finally thought he would be in Cleveland and flamed out. It only got worse after Alex Mack got hurt. McKinnon might be a feature guy, but I don't think you put all your eggs in that basket.
They need a No. 1 back. They currently don't have one on the (active) roster. That's either a top priority in the draft or free agency.
The only thing those two have in common are that they were (or are) employed by the NFL.
Those cases bring with them different stigmas, different crimes, different intentions, etc. Another major factor is what's left in the tank?
Because of all of that, I believe Adrian Peterson will sign another contract in the NFL, with another team. Ray Rice averaged 3.1 yards per carry before his incident. Adrian Peterson is still a formidable back, but has been marred by injuries in 2011 and 2013. Peterson will get a chance. It's not the same as Rice, both in what they are as players and what PR backlash they bring.
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