Second-year wide receiver Sidney Rice checks in at No. 20 on this list of breakout players to watch in 2008. "Rice caught 31 passes in 13 games in 2007 as a rookie," writes Pete Prisco. "With Bernard Berrian now on the other side that number will go up. Rice doesn't have great speed so he needs speed on the other side to help open things up for him. Berrian has that. Look for Rice to possibly have a 70-catch season."
The Brett Favre rumors won't stop, including this snippet by Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com: "One team that would make a lot of sense is the Minnesota Vikings," Prisco writes. "They have a star-studded nucleus, but they have issues at quarterback with Tarvaris Jackson. Adding Favre just might make the Vikings a real Super contender, even if he's had some issues in the Metrodome in his career." But, "The problem with that is the Packers would never send Favre to a team in their own division," he adds. "Can you imagine if he helped Minnesota win the NFC North? Packers general manager Ted Thompson would be fried like a cheese curd."
LDE Ray Edwards gets a mention in this week's NFC team reports rundown: "DE Ray Edwards is penciled in as the starter opposite Jared Allen," according to this TSN snippet. "Edwards had five sacks last season but was inconsistent. He has the speed, size and talent to excel, though, and has made excellent use of his time all offseason."
The Vikings are running at 18 to 1 odds on winning the Super Bowl this season.
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is among those teeing off at Minnesota's PGA Championship on Wednesday, July 9 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska to help kick off the event to launch the PGA Championship 2009 ticket sales.
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