One of the things that personified the Vikings offseason has been the lack of surprises, with the exception of offensive tackle Phil Loadholt’s season-ending.
The players who left after the 2014 season weren’t surprises.
The players that were brought back weren’t surprises.
The moves the team made in the offseason trade/free agent market didn’t provide many surprises. The moves that were made by the organization made sense in the offense and defense the Vikings are currently running.
As the 2015 draft unfolded, there weren’t many surprises. A case could be made for every draft pick as it was taken and what potential need it could fill for the 2015 Vikings. It’s no coincidence that, of the 10 players taken, eight of them made the 53-man roster (not including undrafted rookie Taylor Heinicke).
As the weekend unfolded, there was plenty of juicy cut-related news for fans to digest. A lot of familiar names were cut. Perhaps the most ironic of all was that, in the final season of then-head coach Leslie Frazier in 2013, his roster of quarterbacks – Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman – were all told to leave their most recent teams. To his credit, Frazier is a defensive coordinator by trade.
All three of the 2013 Vikings quarterbacks were looking for a fresh start in the AFC. All three of them were informed over the weekend that their services were no longer required, reuniting them in an unexpected way on the NFL unemployment line.
Green Bay is scrambling to replace Jordy Nelson.
Dallas finally opted to add somebody to the post-DeMarco Murray run game – and his name is Christine.
Tom Brady gets to play. The NFL loses in court again to a judge who doesn’t view himself as judge, jury and executioner, which appears to steadfastly remain the NFL business model.
Tim Tebow is gone. Again. Jesus wept.
Robert Griffin III is adding to the legacy of the first night of the 2012 draft in which the top five picks were Andrew Luck, RG3, Trent Richardson, Matt Kalil and Justin Blackmon. Harrison Smith keeps moving up the list of offseason NFL.com draft do-overs.
In St. Louis, the questioning of taking Todd Gurley as high as the Rams did is getting questioned. He’s already been ruled out of Week 1 and the second-guessing is running rampant.
Reggie Wayne’s current career numbers are his final career numbers.
With the exodus of coaches and players from San Francisco, the 49ers’ release of Darnell Dockett, who got $2 million just to put pen to paper on a contract, is another error. The fact that he came over from a division rival makes the botched free agency signing even more a testament to why San Francisco has a lot more questions than answers heading into 2015.
Montee Ball no longer gets his mail in Denver.
For those fantasy football players who picked up Jonas Gray the week he ran for 199 yards, he’s gone but not forgotten.
Matt Flynn had it all when he had one game in a bench-the-starters affair at Lambeau Field against a defensively-challenged Lions team. He put himself in the all-time single-game record books. He was rewarded handsomely. Turns out he was a well-compensated one-hit wonder.
I.K. Enemkpali, a linebacker best known for altering the course of the 2015 season by punching quarterback Geno Smith for a non-reimbursed airplane ticket, was cut by the Jets in the immediate aftermath and just as quickly signed by embittered former head coach Rex Ryan. And then released by Buffalo.
One can only imagine that Corey Wootton can complete his NFC North grand slam if he somehow signs with the Packers.
Not only is RG3 having problems, so is RG8 – Rex Grossman, the first guy who replaced Griffin and let fans know the drop-off wasn’t that pronounced. He was told by the Falcons his chops work in Chicago but not in the Dirty South.
Yet, in Minnesota, with the exception of the Adrian Peterson drama that ended in May, all was quiet on the Northern Front.
Little drama. No surprises. No mad scrambling.
For better or worse, the Vikings front office clinked glasses and spent Sunday night without making national news. In the surreptitious world of the NFL, for all the teams making “cross your fingers” moves over the Labor Day weekend, the Vikings are staying the course.
In the NFL, surprises are rarely good. Having no surprises tends to lead to playing in 2016 for the 2015 season.
Keep it to yourself. All quiet on the Northern Front.
All was quiet on the Vikings front
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