NFC North Blog
We have heard nothing but positive things about Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason, and Vikings' head coach Mike Zimmer continued the love fest with his recent comments. "Cordarrelle is doing a good job in this offseason. He has been in better shape coming in and he is doing a better job of running routes, of competing each and every down. I look forward to him coming on and I'm a big fan of his. We're just trying to get him to realize all the little intricacies you have to do offensively in the NFL in order to be a great player."
Inside linebacker Eric Kendricks was considered by many to be the best ILB in this year's rookie class. He was a steal for the Vikings in the second round. Head coach Mike Zimmer has been very happy with what he's seen thus far. "I have been [impressed], he's very, very instinctive," Zimmer said. "He reminds me of some of the guys that I've had play for me in the past. He's quick, he can accelerate and run. He does a good job in coverage. We're excited to have him. Hopefully we can continue to upgrade at the linebacker spot and continue to get better up front defensively."
Disgruntled Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson is yet to report to the team. However, it is becoming inevitable that he will remain in Minnesota despite his best effort to kick-and-stomp his way out of town. Now that reality is setting in, head coach Mike Zimmer seems to have a feel about when Peterson will show up. "I think I do have an indication," Zimmer said. "It's up to Adrian, really. He's the guy you should ask...We'd like all our players here. It's the voluntary time of year right now and it's his decision in what he wants to do."
Adrian Peterson ironically continues to throw a childlike tantrum. He will reportedly not be showing up to OTAs and it's not clear when he'll show up at all. The team has the right to fine him, nevertheless, like a spoiled child AP continues to pout because he somehow has become the victim in his own mind. There is no word on how long this holdout may last.
The Adrian Peterson saga continues. Peterson's agent Ben Dogra sent a cryptic text to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole. In it Dogra said, "He is very very strong ... he's like Revis." Darrelle Revis has become infamous for contractual disputes over the years and getting his way. This clearly implies that a lengthy holdout is on the horizon.
Matt Forte has come out saying that he wants a contract extension, but he did not plan on holding out. Even though it was expected that the veteran would not miss OTAs, it is a good sight to see that he is performing in OTAs while still vying for a new contract. The Bears have very few options behind Forte including Ka'Deem Carey, Jeremy Langford, Jacquizz Rodgers and Senorise Perry. A contract extension for the 29 year-old RB within the coming months would not be surprising as he looks to be the main guy in the Bears' backfield again this season.
Joique Bell is still recovering from having his Achilles' and knee surgically repaired after the 2014 season. The surgeries were dubbed 'clean-up' surgeries implying that they were relatively simple. Bell played with multiple injuries last season and is looking to come into the season at 100 percent. The 28 year-old RB plans to participate in the offseason program, just not OTAs. Bell is currently the lead back on the roster and the Lions want him to nurse his injuries as long as possible. Bell is a bruising back with impressive speed and he will surely be needed at 100 percent this season.
In a recent press release, head coach Mike Zimmer said that Adrian Peterson only has two choices, "He can play for us or not play." The standoff between the Vikings organization and Adrian Peterson is going come to an epic conclusion very soon. There is no news on any deals for the veteran RB and it is likely that he will remain a Viking unless something unexpected occurs. Once this all boils down, Zimmer is correct, Peterson will either participate in the 2015 season or sit out. After sitting out an entire year from the NFL, Peterson will be trying to keep the rust off while not participating in OTAs.
After a breakout 2014, Martellus Bennett is now in a full-blown contract dispute with the Bears. The Black Unicorn's holdout has now hit the five-week mark. He is not attending OTAs and has shown no sign he will be returning anytime soon. Last season he caught 90 passes for 916 yards and six TDs.
Lions' 2014 first-round pick Eric Ebron had a disappointing rookie campaign. One of Ebron's biggest deficiencies was his drop issues. It appears he is yet to sure up his hands. He is once again struggling with drops at OTAs.