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Aaron Rodgers on Anthony Barr: “It’s time to move on”

By Mike Florio Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr previously suggested that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers “get over it.” And he apparently has. “I mean, I think it’s time to move on for everybody,” Rodgers told Peter King in the debut of Football Morning in America, regarding the hit from Barr that busted Rodgers’ collarbone. It previously wasn’t over because [more]

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Randy Moss, Shannon Sharpe settle whatever differences they had

By Mike Florio A day ago, Hall of Famers Randy Moss and Shannon Sharpe had beef. And now they don’t. “Just got off the phone with @RandyMoss. Had a great conversation and provided context into why I mentioned his name yesterday,” Sharpe tweeted. “I believe misunderstandings/disagreements can be handled thru civil conversation.” Said Moss, on Twitter: “So glad [more]

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Ranking every starting quarterback (ep 338)

By Matthew Coller

Matthew Coller and Pro Football Focus’s Eric Eager get together to talk quarterbacks. Eric breaks down Matthew’s 1-32 list based on the first, second and third group of QBs. How many of the mid-range QBs could be toward the top? Who are the hardest to predict? Who belongs at the bottom?

Here are the lists from Matthew Coller, Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad…

MATTHEW COLLER’s NFL QB RANKINGS

1 – Tom Brady
2 – Aaron Rodgers
3 – Drew Brees
4 – Matt Ryan
5 – Andrew Luck
6 – Russell Wilson
7 – Ben Roethlisberger
8 – Carson Wentz
9 – Alex Smith
10 – Matthew Stafford
11 – Phillip Rivers
12 – Cam Newton
13 – Jared Goff
14 – Kirk Cousins
15 – Jimmy Garappolo
16 – Dak Prescott
17 – Patrick Mahomes
18 – Derek Carr
19 – DeShaun Watson
20 – Marcus Mariota
21 – Mitch Trubisky
22 – Sam Bradford
23 – Ryan Tannehill
24 – Case Keenum
25 – Tyrod Taylor
26 – Sam Darnold
27 – Eli Manning
28 – Andy Dalton
29 – Blake Bortles
30 – Joe Flacco
31 – Josh Allen
32 – Jameis Winston

PHIL MACKEY’s NFL QB RANKINGS

1. Aaron Rodgers

2. Tom Brady

3. Russell Wilson

4. Drew Brees

5. Ben Roethlisberger

6. Matt Ryan

7. Carson Wentz

8. Philip Rivers

9. Alex Smith

10. DeShaun Watson

11. Andrew Luck

12. Jared Goff

13. Matt Stafford

14. Kirk Cousins

15. Cam Newton

16. Jimmy Garroppolo

17. Nick Foles

18. Eli Manning

19. Case Keenum

20. Derek Carr

21. Dak Prescott

22. Andy Dalton

23. Tyrod Taylor

24. Ryan Tannehill

25. Josh McCown

26. Marcus Mariota

27. Sam Bradford

28. Joe Flacco

29. Pat Mahomes

30. Jameis Winston

31. Mitch Trubisky

32. Blake Bortles

33. A.J. McCarron

JUDD ZULGAD’s NFL QB RANKINGS

1 Tom Brady

2 Aaron Rodgers

3 Drew Brees

4 Ben Roethlisberger

5 Russell Wilson

6 Matthew Stafford

7 Matt Ryan

8 Philip Rivers

9 Carson Wentz

10 Jimmy Garapollo

11 DeShaun Watson

12 Dak Prescott

13 Kirk Cousins

14 Alex Smith

15 Jared Goff

16 Andrew Luck

17 Cam Newton

18 Derek Carr

19 Case Keenum

20 Marcus Mariota

21 Sam Bradford

22 Andy Dalton

23 Joe Flacco

24 Eli Manning

25 Jameis Winston

26 Patrick Mahomes

27 Blake Bortles

28 Tyrod Taylor

29 Josh McCown

30 Mitchell Trubisky

31 Ryan Tannehill

32 AJ McCarron

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Randy Moss, Shannon Sharpe don’t see eye to eye

By Mike Florio Terrell Owens won’t be attending the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony next month. But Randy Moss will be there. And if Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe also attends, it could get interesting. Or awkward. Or both. Moss on Thursday evening tweeted this message at Sharpe: “DO U HAVE A PROB WIT ME? everytime u mention me [more]

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Friday Football Beast feat. Darren Wolfson + #VikesOverBeers! (ep. 579)

By Andy Carlson

Darren “Doogie” Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) of The Scoop Podcast stopped by to talk about the latest with Stefon Diggs’ contract extension and the latest and greatest Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings scuttlebutt. Plus Vikes Over Beers with Andrew Roth (@sandrewroth) talking about the #NationalMedia and whether or not Vikings fans should care what those jabronis have to say.

All that and more “Shrinking” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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A look at the most accurate and most questionable Vikings Madden ’19 ratings

By Matthew Coller

Last year Mike Zimmer revealed a huge secret when the Vikings’ head coach said he’d never played Madden before. But since many fans will play Madden 19, here’s a look at some of the most notable ratings (which were released this week) for this year’s game…

Right on…

Harrison Smith (97)

Smith is the Vikings’ top rated player, which is a well-deserved honor considering he was last year’s highest rated defensive player by Pro Football Focus. The Vikings’ Pro Bowl safety made a good case for defensive MVP with five interceptions, 1.5 sacks and a career high 12 passes defended. Smith’s rating is up from 93 in 2018.

Xavier Rhodes (92)

Last season Rhodes faced a murderer’s row of top wide receivers and nearly shut them all down. From Michael Thomas to Mike Evans to Antonio Brown to AJ Green, the Vikings’ top corner was often put on an island against the best of the best and came away only allowing 6.4 yards per attempt when targeted (per Football Outsiders). His rating jumped up from 88 last year.

Everson Griffen (92)

Griffen’s rating rose from an 86 last year following a career-best 13.0 sacks. The Vikings’ top edge rusher has the physical makeup of a create-a-player with his strength/speed combination. If a foot injury hadn’t slowed Griffen down toward the end of the year, he might have pushed for the NFL’s lead in sacks. According to Football Outsiders, the Vikings were best in the NFL against runs to Griffen’s side.

Linval Joseph (90)

Madden doesn’t shortchange its nose tackles. While Joseph doesn’t rack up huge tackle or sack numbers, he’s the key cog in the Vikings’ defensive dominance. Joseph can’t be contained by one interior offensive lineman, which allows for mismatches across the D-line. He’s one of the strongest players in the league, but also has good quickness.

Stefon Diggs (90) and Adam Thielen (88)

While Thielen had higher catch totals last year than Diggs, the opposite was true in 2016. Both have turned into top-notch receivers who ranked in PFF’s top 10 in 2017. Giving Diggs a 90 rating recognizes some of the elements of his game that don’t show up in fantasy stats like his contested catch percentage or QB rating on passes thrown his way.

Might need some adjusting…

Rashod Hill (66) and Brian O’Neill (72)

The Vikings’ starting right tackle heading into training camp has the same overall rating as Josh Andrews, Colby Gossett, Jack Tocho and Eric Wilson. Meanwhile, their second-round pick who doesn’t appear close to being a starter is rated higher than Nick Easton. There are reasons to question Hill as a starter, but he’s certainly better than players who might not make the team.

Eric Kendricks (79) and Anthony Barr (84)

Since Kendricks and Barr play almost every snap alongside each other, it’s hard to pin down who deserves credit for things like the Vikings ranking No. 1 in passing yards allowed to opposing running backs last year. Based on PFF ratings, they should be closer. Each has his own talents that stand out around the league. Kendricks is better in coverage, Barr is a better pass rusher. But there isn’t a big gap in their value to the defense.

Kirk Cousins (82)

Quarterback ratings are tough. This isn’t the old days of Madden where a guy had throw power and throw accuracy. Now QBs have 50 categories that determine their overall grade. So it’s hard to say where Cousins got dinged, but he should probably be more than one rating point higher than Case Keenum. He’s 16th overall, which might be a fair grade of his 2017 season, but if the team maximizes his skills, there’s a good chance he ends up with a higher rating on Madden 20.

Pat Elflein (75)

PFF was hard on Elflein, but his teammates might make a compelling argument that the second-year center is on his way to being a franchise lineman. Elflein showed exceptional ability in space and strong leadership qualities as a rookie. By the end of the year, he very well may be considered the Vikings’ best offensive lineman.

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Pro Football Focus is not high on the Vikings’ offensive line

By Matthew Coller

Every year, Pro Football Focus comes out with offensive line rankings before and after the season. The Minnesota Vikings were ranked 22nd at the conclusion of 2017. They are rated even lower heading into 2018.

PFF author Mike Renner rates the Vikings 28th, ahead of only Buffalo, Seattle, New York Jets and Houston.

Renner wrote:

While the Vikings line certainly made strides in 2017, Case Keenum was still the third-most frequently pressured quarterback in the NFL. After investing heavily in it last offseason, their starting five may very well remain status quo heading into 2018. The only likely change is if second-round pick Brian O’Neill can win the starting right tackle job. Based on his 1-on-1 performances at the Senior Bowl though, where he won only 27 percent of his reps, he may not be NFL ready anytime soon.

The Vikings’ O-line is likely to shape up this way (from left to right): Riley Reiff-Nick Easton-Pat Elflein-Mike Remmers-Rashod Hill. But that could change during training camp. Last year the opening day starters were different than any combination during the preseason.

While Keenum was pressured often last season, some of those pressures were created by the ex-Vikings’ quarterback attempting to make something out of nothing. The Vikings also missed Mike Remmers for several games and lost Nick Easton to injury at two different points.

Center Pat Elflein was not highly graded by PFF last year. However, he also faced 11 of the top 20 rated defensive tackles by PFF in 2017. It would not be a surprise if Elflein and Easton took steps forward in 2018.

Hill is the biggest question mark. An undrafted free agent picked up off Jacksonville’s practice squad in 2016, he only has seven regular season and two postseason starts under his belt.

Other notable ratings:

  • Philadelphia landed the No. 1 spot
  • Detroit is eighth
  • Green Bay ranks ninth
  • Chicago is 13th

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Randy Moss helps Jameis Winston through rough spot in his career

By Mike Florio Currently-embattled Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has a new mentor: Once-embattled receiver Randy Moss. Via FloridaFootballInsiders.com, the soon-to-be Hall of Famer is working with Winston during the down time between the conclusion of the offseason program and the opening of training camp. Moss spoke to FOX 13 on Tuesday about Winston, who has been suspended for [more]

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Hey, Diggsy, Baby I Got Your Money feat. @JReidDraftScout + Joel Corry (ep. 578)

By Andy Carlson

Stefon Diggs’ contract extension has been a hot topic of Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings fans conversation (i.e. yelling at each other #online) recently. To get an agent’s perspective, we brought in Friend of the Program and former agent Joel Corry (@CorryJoel) of CBS Sports to tell us what he’d advise Diggs to do if he was his client. Plus we got his thoughts on the Danielle Hunter deal, why Anthony Barr’s deal might be complicated, and the time John Randle (his former client) almost screwed up his training camp holdout. Plus Jordan Reid (@JReidDraftScout) of Inside The Pylon and Climbing the Pocket chimes on the latest Purple blurbs ahead of a BUSY weekend for him.

All that and more “Featuring Kelis” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Will the right side of the Vikings’ O-line hold up?

By Matthew Coller

USA Football and Scouting Academy offensive line analyst Brandon Thorn joins Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad on the 1500ESPN airwaves to discuss whether he believes the Vikings’ offensive line will be better than next year. Can Mike Remmers successfully switch to guard? What are Rashod Hill’s strengths and weaknesses? Where does Brian O’Neill fit into the mix?

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