Anthony Barr and Jerick McKinnon were named to a mid-season all-rookie team while Teddy Bridgewater was beat out.
As we’ve reached the midway point of the 2014 NFL season, it’s the season for handing out awards for the players that have stood out in the season’s first two months. On Tuesday, the NFL’s official website released its Midseason All-Rookie Team and two Vikings – running back Jerick McKinnon
and linebacker Anthony Barr
– both made the team.
Barr has been a starter all season and McKinnon eventually took over the starting role vacated by Adrian Peterson
when he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.
The Vikings were one of six teams, along with Arizona, Chicago, Green Bay, Miami and Oakland to have two players on the team. Because of the nature of the team, there were no tight ends named (instead, there were four wide receivers) and defensive end hasn’t made a big enough impact to date to warrant selection. In addition, only one cornerback and safety were selected.
The team is as follows:
Quarterback: Derek Carr
(Oakland); Running Backs: McKinnon (Minnesota) and Branden Oliver
(San Diego); Wide Receivers: Sammy Watkins
(Buffalo), Kelvin Benjamin
(Carolina), Brandin Cooks
(New Orleans) and John Brown
(Arizona); Offensive Tackles: Taylor Lewan
(Tennessee) and Ju’Wuan James (Miami); Guards: Joel Bitonio
(Cleveland) and Zack Martin
(Dallas); Center: Corey Linsley
Defensive Tackle: Aaron Donald
(St. Louis); Outside Linebackers: Barr (Minnesota) and Khalil Mack
(Oakland); Inside Linebacker: C.J. Mosley
(Baltimore); Cornerback: Kyle Fuller
(Chicago); Safety: HaHa Clinton-Dix
SPECIAL TEAMS –
Punter: Pat O’Donnell (Chicago); Kicker: Chandler Catanzaro
(Arizona); Kick Returner: Jarvis Landry
Barr showing many skills with Vikings
The Vikings hope that, by the time the season ends, Teddy Bridgewater
will join Barr and McKinnon on the all-rookie team, but halfway through the 2014 season, the draft crop from May is looking pretty good for the Vikings and their scouting department.
The trade deadline came and went with only a couple of moves being made – Tampa Bay trading safety Mark Barron to the Rams and the Bucs trading linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the Patriots.
In a radio interview on 1390 The Fan in St. Cloud, American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt said that the support for the planned rally outside TCF Bank Stadium over the Redskins nickname continues to grow. Some estimates have projected 5,000 protesters may show up Sunday morning to make a statement to the assembled media that Native Americans view Washington’s nickname as a racial slur that will no longer be tolerated. Bellecourt was asked about those projected numbers and he said he expects that there will be more protesters than that come Sunday.
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Washington head coach Jay Gruden said Robert Griffin III is “very, very, very close to returning to action. He added that “we just have to decide if he’s ready.” He said the doctors are feeling good about his progress and kept the door open to not waiting until after Washington’s bye following its game with the Vikings to bring him back. We likely will learn more today when the team starts its practice week, but more likely it will be Thursday or Friday before we know who will be the starter. Gruden may term it a “game-time decision,” but if RG3 is going to start, he will likely need to take the lion’s share of the reps, since he hasn’t played since the first quarter of Week 2.
Some fans who forget may show up an hour earlier than intended Sunday. Daylight savings time ends, which will mean clocks get turned back an hour Saturday night.
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