Hodges' spot is primarily on the strong side, but they're set over there with Anthony Barr. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Vikings shift his focus more to that weak side, but it all depends on how talks go this offseason with Chad Greenway. He's been a team player through and through. I could see him agreeing to a pay cut and still being your 2015 starter in Week 1
I think there should be legitimate worry about Kyle Rudolph, as he's struggled to stay healthy throughout his football playing career. But i'm not so ready to bail on Blair Walsh yet. The positions he's been in have been very difficult and protection hasn't been sound on his attempts
Not so sure about that; I think Vlad Ducasse played very well, but know that Nick Fairley wasn't playing for Detroit on Sunday and Joe Berger and John Sullivan primarily handled Ndamukong Suh by keeping the strong side on the left.
If anybody is going to develop Patterson, it's Norv Turner and WRs coach George Stewart, one of the most respected in the NFL. Patterson has the structure around him, it's just up to him whether or not he wants to elevate his game. I think if you asked Spielman about his job security, he'd point to Teddy Bridgewater, Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes and Everson Griffen.
But really, Spielman's security lies with Teddy Bridgewater.
I'd be surprised to see Adrian Peterson play out his current contract, even if he didn't go through any of this and won a Nobel Peace Prize. A $15.5 million cap hit for a 30-year-old running back doesn't happen in the NFL, even if you are Adrian Peterson. They were wanting to restructure or prepare for life without him after this season, regardless of that legal case. It's a simple football matter with an aging player and the devaluation of the RB position. However, now that all this has played out, I'd expect them to approach a possible restructure or simply cut him.
I think it's possible, especially with the dysfunction in Chicago. Worst case, I see 7-9, which is very remarkable considering all that's happened. Credit to Bridgewater, Zimmer and Turner for holding things together through the otherwise tumultuous season. If they can beat Miami, they'll go 8-8. I just can't see them losing at home to this Chicago team. I mean, they're like the New York Jets of the Midwest.
Thanks, everybody! I'd say same time next week, but it's Christmas Day and nobody wants that.