|Is Teddy Bridgewater going to be the Vikings’ starting QB in 2014?|
While the official Vikings depth chart still has Matt Cassel listed at the top, Teddy Bridgewater continues to receive rave reviews—most notably from his offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, who has been positively giddy with his praise. Also notable was Bridgewater working with the first team during implementation drills at camp. Don’t bank on Bridgewater for 16 starts this season, but if you’re investing in a dynasty league you’ll likely see returns sooner as opposed to later.
TY Hilton ended his practice prematurely after suffering what appeared to be a jammed finger. The Colts don’t appear particularly worried about the injury, but don’t be surprised if Hilton takes a couple days off of practice. More work for Hakeem Nicks and Da’Rick Rodgers…
Of more concern for the Colts might be the injury to guard Donald Thomas. Last year Thomas missed most of the season with a quad injury, and he left Wednesday’s practice with another quad injury. An MRI is scheduled, and all of Indy—or at least those concerned about their offensive line—holds its collective breath.
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Much of the training camp news this Hump Day is of the financial variety. After Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson got paid yesterday, Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith backed up a Brinks truck of his own with an eight year, $98 million extension. And the Packers extended the contract of GM Ted Thompson. Other than it being a multiyear deal no specifics were given, and we didn’t want to pry.
Alex Smith, on the other hand, doesn’t want his contract to become a distraction. In fact the free agent-to-be said the focus needs to be on football, and if/when his contract does become a distraction he’ll stop talking about it—with the media and with the team. Maybe Smith is this year’s candidate to pull a Joe Flacco?
Contracts are no longer a distraction for Fred Jackson, who signed a one-year extension with the Bills. Adding a year and a few million dollars onto Jackson’s deal suggests he’ll remain in Buffalo’s backfield plans for 2014 and 2015—which means it will either remain a crowded house with CJ Spiller and Bryce Brown also bucking for carries, or someone other than Jackson might be wearing a different jersey in the not-too-distant future.
Finally, there’s plenty going on in Cleveland—unfortunately for the Browns, most of it off the field. Reports of noted party animal and rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel swinging by a local tavern on one of the Browns’ non-practice days have everyone wringing their hands. Meanwhile, Manziel’s would-be top target Josh Gordon is mounting an appeal that could very well have him ducking the year-long suspension that’s been hanging over his head. If only the Browns’ games could be as drama-filled…