NFC North Blog
Running back Mikel Leshoure was cut from the Lions' roster Saturday. Leshoure was the Lions' 2011 second-round pick, but he was stuck on the depth chart behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell last year. Leshoure is just 24 years old and may be claimed by another team through waivers. Bush, Bell and Theo Riddick will make up the Lions' rushing attack in 2014.
Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater finished his first NFL preseason with five touchdowns passes and no interceptions. Bridgewater was the starter in the Vikings' preseason finale Thursday night and completed 4 of 9 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown. In total this preseason, Bridgewater has gone 30-of-49 for 283 yards, with the previously mentioned five touchdowns and zero interceptions.
There's another suspension to cover today. The league has suspended Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. It stems from Simpson's DUI last November.
Simpson was previously suspended three games after pleading guilty to a drug trafficking charge in 2012.
In a statement made by Sam Gash, the Green Bay Packers' running back coach, he believes Eddie Lacy is, "Without a doubt," perfectly capable of leading the NFL in rushing this season. He also went on to say, "I think he's a bell cow." In the 2013 season, Lacy showed flashes of league-leading potential, racking up 1,178 rushing yards as a rookie, the eighth-most rushing yards in the NFL. He also totaled 11 touchdowns.
In Friday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, Aaron Rodgers went 9-of-20 for 139 yards and two TDs. He hit Jordy Nelson in the end zone on one drive and had a quick strike to TE Andrew Quarless on another passing touchdown. The stats don't do the performance justice, as Rodgers and the rest of the Packers' offense looked in midseason form, and Rodgers has looked great all preseason. The Packers play the Chiefs in their preseason finale, but Rodgers will likely sit out.
It's very hard to decipher in fantasy whether you should take Rodgers or Peyton Manning as the first QB in the draft. At this point, you can't go wrong with either. Each looks to be in tip-top shape and should put up solid numbers every week.
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy played only one series Friday night versus the Raiders, rushing six times for 36 yards and notching a 1-yard leaping TD. Lacy routinely broke arm tackles and showed great burst in the impressive outing. The Packers play the Kansas City Chiefs next week, but Lacy is likely to sit out and rest up for the regular season.
Richard Rodgers was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft and has started all three preseason games for the Packers. As such, he may very well start in the regular season. Rodgers has lined up at tight end often in the preseason, but he has been moved around the formation to also play fullback and slot receiver. He caught two passes on three targets for 40 yards on Friday. Fellow TE Andrew Quarless also ran with the first team but has played only when Green Bay has gone with a two-tight end set.
Defenses have a hard enough time trying to guard Calvin Johnson just because he is a huge human being with a ridiculous catch radius and athleticism. Now before they try their best against Megatron, defensive players will have to find him first.
Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is finding creative ways to get Johnson involved in the offense, and one particular way involves playing Johnson out wide, in the slot and with pre-snap motion.
"I think he's going to move around a lot," Lombardi said of Johnson. "If they want to roll coverage to him or double him, it's harder if he's in multiple spots."