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Pre-Season should be interesting. I'd like to see Joe Webb push Tavaris Jackson out.
if any QB is going to get pushed out it'd be Sage...Tavaris gets a lot of hate from Vikings fans, and for the most part it's deserved, but in his limited time last year he showed a more fundamentally sound game than what has been seen in the past.
How about we discuss some position battles then. Let's start with CB. CB has been a week spot in the recent past, but while it isn't a real strong spot, it is very deep.
We currently have the following CBs on our roster:
Antoine Winfield, Cedric Griffin, Chris Cook, Lito Sheppard, Benny Sapp, Asher Allen, Marcus Sherels, and DeAndre Wright
If I remember right we carried 5 CBs last season: Winfield, Griffin, Sapp, Allen, and Karl Paymah(ugh). I definitely see us carrying 6 (only 5 active each week) with Griffin recovering from the ACL injury and Winfield's injuries recently. Therefore I think we will keep the 6 obvious ones(the first 6 above), but the real questions become who will start for Cedric if he misses some time and who will be the nickel and dime backs when he gets back as well as before he gets back.
If our offensive line play doesn't improve or get back to the level it was to start last season, we are going to have a helluva time with the schedule we have. Hutch being healthy again will help, but McKinnie is on his last legs with me. He was **** for most of last season despite being one of the most talented players in the league. Put down the Goose and start putting work in. Now. This team's too good for that.
Also, EJ being back (hopefully) should give us a little better coverage down the seam. We can all agree that coverage was not Jasper Brinkley's strength.
"Compadres, it is imperative that we crush the freedom fighters before the start of the rainy season. And remember, a shiny new donkey for whomever brings me the head of Colonel Montoya."
I'm holding out some hope for McKinnie because he did have stretches where he was dominant last year as well, they were just pretty few and far between and when he was bad he was REALLY bad (Peppers,ugh). If he can just be above average that would be big.
EJ will help with coverage some but I've never thought he was a great cover guy either, as good as they are against the run I really haven't ever been impressed with any of our LB's cover skills to be honest.
Im hoping EJ will be back and ready to go, but I actually feel pretty good about Jasper Brinkley. I know he got burned some in coverage, but he has the physical ability to be better in coverage. With the playing time he got last season and the added reps this off season, I think he'll improve in a lot of areas.