While the Bears are in the midst of a stretch of down time until training camp opens up in July, let’s tie up some odds and ends from around the league.
- The Minnesota Vikings’ defense gave Mitch Trubisky fits during his rookie season. Heck, they were trouble for everyone … well, except the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. So it should come as no surprise that the group is causing problems for Kirk Cousins, who threw two interceptions in three red zone practice plays. Cousins even told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he felt “pretty salty” after that performance. My take on Cousins’ struggles: Goooooooood. It almost makes me want to see what a Bears defense that returned its entire starting secondary and all but one starter will do to him this coming season.
- Elsewhere in Vikings Country:
Seriously bruh how tf you missing throws with no defense? I’m crying 😭 pic.twitter.com/CuKNA9DkhQ
— Robert Henson (@Mr_Henson51) June 14, 2018
- Moving around the NFC North, Marvin Jones Jr. finds himself downplaying the idea that new head coach Matt Patricia could lose his players because he makes them run at practice as punishment. “It’s football. We run. You know what I’m saying? Nobody is complaining,” Jones told the Good Morning Football crew. “Everybody is just going out here, working hard, and we’re having fun doing it. So, whoever’s grandma wrote that story … I don’t know.” It’s wonderful to see that Lions camp is as harmonious as it ever was!
- I find myself trying to balance my amused that Terrell Suggs is entering his age 36 season (seriously, I’m getting old) and is still playing at a high level despite his age. Suggs enters his 16th season in what his head coach believes is a career that will end with enshrinement in Canton. “I think he’s on a mission and I think he’s headed for the Hall of Fame,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said, via Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk. “I want to see that statement made this year, next year and for as long as he plays.” Suggs has seven double-digit sack seasons (including one in 2017 during his age 35 season) and 125.5 over the course of his career. He’ll get a good look at his future in August when his Ravens play the Bears in the Hall of Fame Game.
- Soon enough, Suggs will be able to add Baker Mayfield to the list of quarterbacks he has brought down during his illustrious career. So while Tyrod Taylor starts the season as the Browns’ starter, Mayfield – the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner and the 2018 NFL Draft’s first overall selection – will have to wait his turn. And according to new OC Todd Haley, there is work to be done. “He has a long way to go,” Haley said of Bradford, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “I’d say it’s clear that Tyrod is the leader of this team. That is a big component of that position, also.” Haley would go on to say his quarterbacks room was “one of the best, if not the best” he’s had. That’s big praise considering he’s worked with Kurt Warner and Ben Roethlisberger in his past.
- Josh Allen was the third quarterback taken in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. And even though the Bills toyed around with him in a first-string role during some practice reps during the offseason training program and minicamp, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW reports Allen will open training camp as the third-string quarterback:
#Bills HC Sean McDermott reiterated that the quarterback rotation will mainly be the same when they open up training camp: Peterman and McCarron alternating with the first unit and Josh Allen mainly with the third-team offense.
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) June 14, 2018
- Nick Foles was the Super Bowl winning quarterback for Philadelphia, he will eventually turn it back over to Carson Wentz. As expected, Wentz isn’t quite ready to kick it into full gear as he recovers from a torn ACL, but he is working toward a full return. Of course, he’ll need to be cleared for contact before that really gets going. “I think at the end of the day, I just need to be cleared for contact,” Wentz said, via Philly.com’s Zach Berman. “Like you see out here, I’m doing quite a bit. … To finally be cleared of that contact issue is really the last hurdle, and I feel I’ll be ready whenever that is.”
- One of the top prospects from the 2018 NFL Draft is already going under the knife. Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport suffered a thumb injury during the team’s minicamp and it will require ligament surgery. He’ll spend three weeks in a cast and need another few weeks after that until he is fully recovered. It’s more of a minor injury than a serious setback, but New Orleans would probably prefer not to deal with injury issues with a player with Davenport’s combination of size, speed, athleticism, and positional value.
- Perhaps this is the start of NFL front offices valuing guards a little more highly than they did in the past:
Cowboys and Pro-Bowl G Zack Martin finally agreed today to 6-year, $84 million extension that includes $40 million guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 13, 2018