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An unusually large portion of purple pie

December 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, 18, celebrates in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at US Bank Stadium. Compulsory Credit: Brace Hemelgarn - USA Today Sports

While doing some research for a different part, I found a pretty wild status for Justin Jefferson.

Jefferson is responsible for 45.27% of the Vikings' air yard, according to NFL Next General statistics. This is the highest percentage in the NFL.

Some of the reasons for this insane percentage are that Adam Thilan missed four matches. As a result, the Vikings had to rely on less established players for that WR2 spot. KJ Osborn has done well, everything has been considered, but he is still not at the stage of Thilen. It is also worth noting that Minnesota was working without Kyle Rudolph and Arv Smith Jr. as the former was with a new team and the latter was injured throughout the season. Cousins' TE1 and TE2 were thus unavailable from the previous year

Even still, it's a significantly higher number. Justin Jefferson was About half At the Minnesota Air Yard.

One wonders, then, if a little less Jefferson could lead to more dynamic crime. More diversity and balance is, in general, a good thing. Now, they are not an end in themselves. If the best thing is to keep feeding Jefferson, there is no need to balance. Still, Kevin O'Connell needs to ask himself if the separate distribution of airyards would be a good thing.

Perhaps more emphasis on some other weapon will help Jefferson become more proficient in a few less touches. Of course, getting some health goodies from Thilen and Smith will help here. One also has to imagine that seeing more contributions from the running back in the passing game could help reduce Jefferson's burden.

Another angle is that the Vikings could probably reduce the percentage of Jefferson's team's overall air yard and still pay him as much (or more) attention. For example, if the team gets better at maintaining the drive, they will have more opportunities to play and target other players. Jefferson's yards may remain the same but his percentage in the team as a whole may decrease.

Anyway, this is another way to show that Justin Jefferson had a very impressive season in 2021. Hopefully, the third year wideout is just beginning. As hard as it is to believe, he is still only 22 years old. It is possible that he will continue to improve.

Editor's note: This section originally appeared Purple PTSD.

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The former Vikings WR works for the team again

Dade Westbrook
October 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Westbrook (89), a Minnesota Vikings wide receiver, entered the field before the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets at TIAA Bank Field. Compulsory Credit: Douglas Defellis - USA Today Sports

Wide receiver Dead Westbrook returns to the Vikings for at least one workout. Before the 2021 season, the Vikings signed him, and fans were thrilled with the news. They finally expected a good third receiver on the team. However, it did not work as well as the people.

Westbrook tore his ACL in the 2020 season. He was injured on 26 October at 7 weeks. Exactly nine months later, he signed his contract in Minnesota. At training camp, Westbrook was a limited participant and has not yet fully recovered from his injury.

At 1 week, however, Westbrook was active and caught his only goal. Overall, he was disappointed in his role as a receiver, as he finished the season with 10 catches in 68 yards and no scores. Westbrook was the Punt Returner of the team and offered some reliability in terms of Punt Returning after the disastrous 2020 season.

Before his ACL injury, Westbrook was a big part of the Jacksonville Jaguar offense. In the first three seasons of his career, he caught 253 passes for 1716 yards with punt return duty. His best season came in 2018 when he recorded a PFF grade of 71.3. He made 66 receptions for 717 yards and five touchdowns.

Dade Westbrook
December 29, 2019; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguar Wide Receiver Dead Westbrook, Compulsory Credit: Douglas Defellis - USA Today Sports

If he can get back to the pre-injury level, he will be a great addition to the offense. If he can’t, he’ll still play an important role, as the Vikings don’t have a real punt returner on the roster. In addition, he could be an emergency receiver. He is definitely a talented player. In 2016, he won the Biletnicoff Award, the honor of being the most outstanding receiver in college football. He was drafted by the Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2017 draft.

The Vikings currently employ star receivers, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thilen. KJ Osborn was the third receiver in 2021. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah did not make a wideout until the 6th round of his first draft when he selected Jalen Nailor. The 2021 draft pick could have an extended role under Ihmir Smith-Merced, coach Kevin O'Connell. He flashed, especially in the final game of the season against the Bears when he had 103 yards and a touchdown.

The Vikings are expected to play many more games with a third receiver on the field under the new scheme. Hadley had a third receiver at 87% of O'Connell's Rams in Snap, while 60% of the 2021 Vikings had only a third receiver on the field in the play. A significant difference that makes the depth of the receiver room much more important. If Westbrook can make a good impression in his workout, the receiver can go back to the Vikings.


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Called a Viking elite

December 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) is facing Minnesota Vikings defensive back Harrison Smith (22) and linebacker Anthony Barr (55) and linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) in the third quarter at US Bank Stadium. Compulsory Credit: Brad Rampel - USA Today Sports

PFF places players in each position at a certain level.

Despite playing better than most of the players above him in the PFF, Kirk Cousin was ridiculously low on a level called 'Play-Action Merchants'. Thematic Vikings not only by fan opinion, but according to PFF grade.

Justin Jefferson, meanwhile, was part of the elite. However, it seems disrespectful to place him as the seventh-best receiver in the NFL. Jefferson led the yards league in the last two seasons with 3,016. He was the second and fourth best receiver in PFF grade in just two seasons in the league. One of the most consistent players on the Vikings roster of the last decade, though kept at an elite level.

Eric Kendricks

November 14, 2021; Englewood, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks. Compulsory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports.

Since Eric Kendricks was drafted in the second round of the 2015 draft, he was the Vikings' middle linebacker. And he's not just that. He is the backbone of the defense. Without him, the unit is disconnected. The star linebacker has missed seven games in the last two seasons. In these seven games, the defense allowed an average of 30.86 points per game. Surprisingly, the team still won three matches but only against the sub-competition. The three wins came in 2020 against the Jaguars, before Trevor Lawrence, in the same season against the Lions in meaningless Week 17 games and in 2021 against meaningless Week 18 games against the Bears.

PFF's respect for Kendricks is nothing new. In 2019, he was the company’s ranked player in his position. In 2020, he played at an elite level again and was the third-ranked linebacker. 2021 was a low year for him, as he dropped to 37th place. However, his coverage grade remained in the top ten.

Coverage elite

The level at which Kendricks landed is called 'The Elite Few'. The author of the article, Sam Monson, begins his explanation with the following words:

"The best linebackers in today's league are elite coverage players, but they can influence the game in other ways as well."

Sam Monson, PFF about elite linebackers
Eric Kendricks
December 17, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks. Compulsory Credit: Brad Rampel - USA Today Sports.

Kendricks is one of the league's elite coverage linebackers, as he covers hard edges and running backs like an elite cornerback. In some plays, he is asked to cover slot receivers and does a great job and doesn't look like a linebacker. Cover skills are truly at an elite level. He has blocked the opposition quarterback five times in the last two seasons. In addition, he leads the team in tackle every season.

"Kendricks is one of the best coverage linebackers in the game, able to consistently hold the throwing lanes and play on the ball once in the air."

Sam Monson, PFF, It's fair to keep Kendrick at the elite level

A new running mate

Since his college days at LSU, Kendricks has played alongside Anthony Barr. Barr is still a free agent and probably won't be Viking in 2022. Kendricks will have a new running mate. As his successor, the company has signed Jordan Hicks to the free company. Hicks was the 24th ranked linebacker for every PFF run, when his coverage grade was not very high. He will be a perfect complement to Kendrick in the new defense plan implemented by the new defense coordinator, Ed Donatel.

The Vikings need to play at a higher level to turn the struggling defense of the last two seasons. Hicks was not the only acquisition in the offseason to reach that goal. The top two picks in the draft addressed the secondary. Lewis Cine and Andrew Booth Jr. could have an immediate impact on defense. In addition to them, the team has signed Zadarias Smith, a long-time free agent. On the defensive line, Quesi Adopho-Mensah Harrison brought a new defensive tackle while signing Phillips. A good defensive tackle is a linebacker's best friend, because his job is to keep offensive linemen away from him. Without an offensive lineman in his face, Kendricks' instincts take over and he can play in the backfield and stop the run.

Kendricks will be a big reason for a successful year on the defensive side playing at his 2019 and 2020 All-Pro level.


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Why did the Falcons get ahead of Matt Ryan?

Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons wears his helmet before an NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on September 15, 2019.
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In the NFL offseason, the Atlanta Falcons are ahead of experienced quarterback Matt Ryan.

After 14 seasons with the team, they sent quarterbacks to the Indianapolis Colts on a trade deal.

The quarterback who once led the team to the Super Bowl was sent to another team.

But why would the Falcons go ahead with their star quarterback?

Things got worse with Ryan and Atlanta after a failed attempt to get Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson Sweepstakes has seen several NFL teams try to trade for young quarterbacks.

The Falcons were one of the parties that wanted to acquire him.

However, they failed to convince Watson to join the Atlanta list.

That failure has caused problems with their current starter in Atlanta.

Ryan still believes he is an early caliber quarterback.

That's why he's in Indianapolis with a team that needs a starter with proven success.

Now the Falcons are stuck with Marcus Mariota, the former starting quarterback of the Tennessee Titans.

But was it wise to follow Watson and move on from Ryan before his contract expires?

The Falcons probably wanted a quarterback younger than Ryan

One thing NFL teams understand is how players can't play forever.

Not every quarterback is Tom Brady, the NFL's current Iron Man.

With that in mind, the Falcons may like Watson because he is both young and a playoff-experienced quarterback.

Any team will want a combination of youth and experience.

However, getting over Ryan before he is ready to leave may not be the best decision in the background.

They now have a team that has no weapons.

Their quarterback average and their best receiver have been suspended for a year.

With Ridley out for the season, the Falcons are in real trouble for 2022.

Are the Falcons looking for the first overall pick in 2023?

The 2022 NFL season could have positive news for Atlanta.

If the team has a terrific season in 2022, they could get a lucrative first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

That draft will have some of the best college quarterbacks to choose from in Atlanta

However, is it worth having a lost season to get a new quarterback?

With the Falcons franchise, this is an easy question to answer.

They have no objection to losing to get the best quarterback in the NFL Draft.

This will replace them in the 2022 offseason.

Rookie quarterback will take time to develop.

Also, the player they draft could be an NFL bust, which they can't carry.

However, looking at the history of the NFL Draft, it happens in many quarterbacks.

From Johnny Manziel to Ryan Leaf, there are plenty of quarterbacks from the NFL Draft that were busty.

However, some of the problems with quarterback busts in the NFL are coaches working with them.

Poor coaching can lead rookie players to failure.

With the coaching staff in Atlanta, any potential rookie quarterback could face that nightmare with the Falcons.

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A one-word summary of Adam Thilen’s 2022 Feelings

A one-word summary of Adam Thilen's 2022 Feelings
October 17, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thilen. Compulsory Credit: Bob Donan-USA Today Sports.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thilen returns in 2022 at the age of 32 for his first season [as a regular season participant] Except Led by Mike Zimmer.

Zimmer was eliminated after a mid-season in January. In 2020 and 2021, Minnesota was "all-in" by building the roster but turned into a 15-18 (.454) record. Accordingly, the Vikings fired Brass Zimmer and his boss Rick Spielman.

Minnesota Kiwis have hired Adopho-Mensah as general manager and Kevin O'Connell as head coach, a young duo to replace the old-school, hard-nosed gym style.

And, of course, Theilen is on board for the experience of Adofo-Mensah and O'Connell. He used the word Rejuvenation Time to talk this week Fox Sports 9 In Twin Cities, "When I talk about breathing fresh air and a kind of rejuvenation, because when you get out of here, things are understandable and it's exciting."

November 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thilen. Compulsory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA Today Sports

Thiellen Rejuvenation Feelings make all sense in the world. Last week, however, the world confirmed Zimmer's various "doghouses", which housed players such as Cameron Dantzler and Kellen Mond in 2021. Early in Zimmer's departure, linebacker Eric Kendricks described the old system and culture as "fear-based". Closer to Bobby Knight's approach than the modern NFL standard.

In fact, Thiellen was the one to mourn Zimmer's departure, insisting that the team was in better shape now than Zimmer left in 2014. Still, Thiellen revived about the change, probably because the new coaching staff would make Thiellen even more criminal. Zimmer's infamous "first defense" in a league had a tendency toward "crime first".

October 29, 2017; London, United States; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thilen. Compulsory Credit: Kirby Lee - USA Today Sports.

When Egan's energy is revived, the national eyes and ears call the Vikings "same 'ol, same' ol". Minnesota has won eight games in 2021, and most sportsbooks theorize the Vikings as the eight or nine winning team for 2022.

Therefore, if Thilan's personal revival is fruitful, the Vikings will deny adversity along the way. Two-point home underdog for Minnesota Week 1. The Vikings will battle the Green Bay Packers on September 11th.

On a distinct front, Thilan wants to groom his first 1,000-yard season in four years. He hasn't used the 1,000-yard mark since 2018, the Kirk Cousins' first campaign in Minnesota.


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3 Bears star who could lead the team to the NFC North crown

A Chicago Bears helmet and football can be seen during the NFL match between the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears on December 23, 2018 at Lewis Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
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The new leadership of the Chicago Bears is trying to recover the team in 2022 and beyond.

While some steps may puzzle fans, others have come as a welcome joy to fans.

However, the thing that Bears fans want most is another NFC North crown.

Aaron Rogers and Green Bay Packers won this crown and they are sick and tired.

It's time for the Bears to change their fortunes and rise to the top again in the NFC North.

But it will require a lot more from the players on the Bears 2022 roster.

However, the three stars on the 2022 roster are different and could help the team win the NFC North title again.

3. Justin Fields

Justin Fields enters his second season in Chicago with a new coach.

Although his rookie season has not been great, Chicago is looking for him to improve this season.

As the starter of 2022, he can go ahead and shine as a player.

The Bears spent money to help him on the offensive line this offseason.

That offensive line was the worst in the NFL last season, allowing 58 sacks.

This extra protection will give him enough time to throw better.

This could allow him to improve his offensive production in a team whose scoring offense was 27th last season.

If he shows improvement in the place of his new offensive line, he can surprise the fans by winning the NFC title.

2. David Montgomery

David Montgomery is one of the players in the Chicago race who needs to feature more in the game.

Although he is not Derrick Henry, he still runs behind Fields with a solid option and passion.

Its production was low last season but could improve in 2022 with more carry.

He’s a tough option for dumps and go-passes.

Its 2,808 racing yards, 924 receiving yards and a total of 24 touchdowns in three years show its multi-threat capabilities.

If he can get back to his 1,000+ racing yards in one season, he will help ease the pressure off the field.

By pushing him, it could open the door for Chicago to win the game in 2022.

That ongoing game could open up a play-action pass game, which would put a defense on their heels.

All Chicago has to do is hand Montgomery the ball.

The rest he can do easily.

1. Darnell Mooney

With the departure of Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney is now the number one wide receiver.

But even with Robinson last season, he still finds success.

Last season, Mooney posted 1,000+ receiving yards, the first for him.

However, this season he could be seen having more yards than Robinson.

He will also be instrumental in helping his young quarterback succeed in Chicago.

The two have worked well together last season, which they could make in 2022.

If he can improve on his 2021 season number, he will be the clear number one in Chicago.

With that title comes great responsibility.

But he is ready to take on that responsibility and become a leader in Chicago.

As he takes his game to the next level, he could become a key part of the NFC North Crown-winning Bears.

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Round 13 team list: The main absence forced a major reshuffle, with Fifita eliminated

Round 13 means the first of two weeks of the NRL season when teams are hit hard by State of Origin absentees.

The Cowboys, Panthers, Rosters and Riders are the four teams that have suffered the most this weekend as eight teams advanced to the opening countdown to next Wednesday's State of Origin series.

North Queensland went on the field against the Titans on Thursday night, losing only the captain Criminal justice Original duty when the cowboys are Valentine Homes, Tom Dearden, Ruben Cotter And Jeremiah Nanai In Maroon Camp. Winger Murray oil And center Hamiso Tabuai-Fido Cowboys will be allowed to return to the Queensland squad.

Titans forward David Fifita Not picked by Queensland but out for 2-3 weeks due to recurrence of knee injury.

Six of Penrith's stars will be removed on Friday night as they host the Bulldogs, who are followed by no Origin representatives. Josh Addo-CarExcluding shocks from the blues team. Opi Koroisau will be allowed to play for the Panthers as he is in the NSW reserve.

Manly will miss Daily Cherry-Evans Only to play with Saturday fighters when the Raiders will not be there Jack Whitton And Josh Papali And James Tedesco, Lindsay Collins And Daniel Tupu There will be no line-up for the roosters when they meet in Canberra on Sunday. Blues squad member Joseph Swallow Spectators can return to club duty.

As of this round, clubs will now have to name a 22-member squad on Tuesday instead of the 24 players who applied for the first half of the season.

List of teams in 13 rounds

Thursday

Titans vs Cowboys at Cbus Super Stadium, 7.50pm (AEST)

Titans: Queensland have not picked star forward David Fifita but have been sidelined for 2-3 weeks due to a knee injury. Tino Fa'asumaleui is absent from their only original duty. Moaki Fotuaika gives the pack a boost after returning from an ankle injury and Isaac Liu returns to cover for Fa'asuyamaleui.

1. Jaden Campbell 2. Corey Thompson 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Jamaine Isaaco 6. AJ Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Jared Wallace 11. Sam McIntyre 12. b. Isaac Liu 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Jaime Joliev 16. Asan Masters 17. Sam Lyson 18. Aaron Booth 19. Herman AC's 20. Greg Marzeau 21. Alofiana Khan-Pereira 22. Sosefo Fifita

Shepherd: Todd Petten has had to bring new faces to the Queensland camp with Valentine Holmes, Jeremiah Nanai and Ruben Cotter. Tom Deirden was also ruled out as he is the 18th man of the Maroons. Journey winger Brendon Elliott has been called up to replace Hamiso Tabuai-Fido Holmes at the center. Ben Hampton replaced Deirden in the half and Helium started for Lukey Nanai and added Connelly Lemuelu to the bench.

1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Brendon Elliott 3. Hamiso Tabuai-Fido 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Toulagi 6. Ben Hampton 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reese Robson 10. Quinn Hess 11. Tom Gilbert 11. 13. Jason Toumalolo 14. Jack Granville 15. Connelly Lemuelu 16. Towneau-Brown in Jamaine 17. Griffin Nime 18. Ben Condon 19. Ken Bradley 20. Brendan Frey 22. Riley Price 23. Jack Borke

Friday

Panthers vs. Bulldogs at Blue Bet Stadium, 6:55 p.m. (AEST)

Panthers: With six stars out, Evan Cleary is playing in a completely different team for the Cowboys' winning team - Nathan Cleary, Brian Too, Jerome Louis, Liam Martin, Isaac Yeo and Stephen Crichton are absent from NSW duties. Kurt Falls will partner Shaun O'Sullivan in the half, while Robert Jennings and Charlie Steins have been widely withdrawn and Chris Smith and Matt Eisenhower have been brought in to pack.

1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Isaac Tago 4. Robert Jennings 5. Charlie Steins 6. Kurt Falls 7. Shawn O'Sullivan 8. Moses Leota 9. Episcopal Coroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. William 12K. Chris Smith 13. Matt Eisenhower 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Zeman Salmon 18. Sonny Luke 19. Jameen Hopgood 20. Lindsay Smith 21. Sonia Turuva Ricky 22.

Bulldogs: Josh will come out to show that he should have been selected for the Ado-Car Blues. Tevita Pangai Jr. is out again with back complaints.

1. Matt Duffy 2. Jacob Kiraj 3. Aaron Scoop 4. Jack Averillo 5. Josh Ado-Car 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Von 11. Josh Jackson Raymond Faitala -Mariner 13. Max King 14. Jack Docker-Clay 15. Corey Waddell 16. Chris Patolo 17. Ava Siumanufagai 19. Jackson Topin 20. Bailey Beondi-Odo 21. Joe Stimson 22. Corey Allan 25.

Saturday

4 Sea Eagles vs. Warriors at Pines Park, 7.35pm (AEST)

Sea Eagle: Jack will be packed down for Trobozevic Manly who is keen to prove that he is still at the Origin Standard after being dropped by the Blues. Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans is their only original representative. Josh Schuster got a run in his fifth-eighth position of choice as Kieran Foran moved to halfback. Martin Tapau (thigh), Jason Saab (toe) and Carl Lawton (suspension) are back in the lineup.

1. Ruben Garrick 2. Jason Sub 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Kaula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Josh Schuster 7. Kieran Foran 8. Josh Aloiyai 9. Lachlan Crocker 10. Tofofo Siple 11. Haumole Olakau 11. 13. Jack Trobozevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Carl Lawton 16. Martin Taupau 17. Shaun KP 18. Tanila Paseka 19. Ethan Bulemore 20. Kurt de Lewis 21. Cayo Weeks 22. George Tafua

Fighter: As speculation grows over Nathan Brown's tenure, club owner Mark Robinson has announced that no decision will be made on his future until the end of the season. Wade Egan and Bailey Sironen have been encouraged by their return from calf and osteitis pubis injuries, respectively.

1. Reese Walsh 2. Dalin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 4. Adam Pompeii 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Shawn Johnson 8. Ben Murdoch-Masila 9. Wade Egan 10. Jazz Tebhaga Etken 11 . 12. Tohu Harris (c) 13. Jack Murchie.
Exchange: 14. Tanila Otukolo 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Aaron Payne 17. Bailey Sironen 18. Freddie Lucic 20. Dunamis Louis 21. Alyssa Katoa 22. Deserne AC 23. Jesse Arthurus

Sunday

Raiders vs Rooster at GIO Stadium, 4.05 pm (AEST)

Attacker: Neither Jack Whitton nor Josh Papali left two big holes to fill Ricky Stewart. Matt Frawley was brought back to fifth-eighth place when Corey Horsberg started by joining Trey Mooney.

1. Javier Savage 2. Nick Katrick 3. Matthew Timoco 4. Sebastian Chris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Matt Frawley 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Corey Horsburg 9. Jack Woolford 10. Joseph Tapin 11. Hudson Young Head 11. Hudson Young Head 1. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Sterling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Corey Haravira-Naira 17. Trey Mooney 18. James Schiller 19. Harry Rushton 20. Adrian Trevillian 21. Brad Snyder 22. Emre Guller

Cock: James Tedesco and Daniel Tupau off the backline and Lindsay from Collins Pack. Joey Manu will start at fullback while Kevin Nikama and Billy Smith have been added to the outer back. Cioscia Toukeyaho will start for Collins when Cityley Tuponiwa has been promoted to the run-on team in the second-round and Egan Butcher has been returned to the bench.

1. Joseph Manu 2. Billy Smith 3. Paul Momirovsky 4. Kevin Nikama 5. Joseph Swallow 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Carey 8. Jared Weria-Hargreaves 9. Drew Hutchison 10. Siosia Taukeyaho 11. Angusia 11. 13. Nat Butcher 14. Connor Watson 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Egan Butcher 17. Terrell May 18. Lachlan Lam 19. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 20. Adam Kigharan 21. Tom Carr 22. Ben Marshke

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There is an interesting WR3 theory for the ‘Voice of the Vikings’ team

There is an interesting WR3 theory for the 'Voice of the Vikings' team
Michigan State Wide receivers Jalen Naylor (8) and Tight & Cameron Allen (82). © Junfu Han / USA Today Network.

According to the Minnesota Vikings Upstart WR KJ Osborn is not a complete shoe-in for WR3 duty in 2022, KFANPaul AllenThose who act as the radio "Voice of the Vikings" on game days.

In fact, Allen recommends fans Keep an eye on Jalen Naylor, a Rocky Wide receiver from Michigan State.

Nyler was a product of the 2022 Vikings Draft class and the only wide receiver to snatch. Interestingly, Nyler was a direct trade compensation to Kansas City Chiefs in 2021 from Rick Spielman's Mike Hughes trade. The Vikings got Naylor, where Kansas City used Hughes' service for one season. Hughes signed with the Detroit Lions through a free agency in March.

The "complaint" made by Allen - in an unsolicited manner - is significant. Generally speaking, +200 is not a longshot. Against the backdrop, the Vikings have +275 to win the NFC North in 2022. Either Allen is personally superior to Nailor based on his assessment - or he knows something about Nailor's rookie trajectory from within Vikings circles that others don't know.

How Rookie WR Jalen Nailor fits with 2022 Vikings
Jalen Naylor

At the time of the draft in April, wide receiver coach Keenan McCardel was reported to be "table pounded" for Naylor, an indicator that Michigan State alumni would be included in the 2022 regular season plan. But some believe, at least before Allen's prediction, that Naylor will win a WR3 job this summer.

Why? Well, KJ Osborne won the job in 2021 by registering 655 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Minnesota has been thirsty for a WR3 since the days of Jarius Wright, with Lacon auditioning for men like Treadwell and Chad Bieber. Osborn was the first non-Thiellen, non-Diggs, non-Jefferson WR for the Vikings since Greg Jennings in 2014 to earn 500+ receiving tards and 5+ TDs in one season.

And when a man dies for a bonafide WR3 to a team like his maintenance, he plays a responsible role.

Nevertheless, Allen maintains a Nailer is not a loose Nailer 5'11 ", smooth, and was a big game threat in the state of Michigan. As a Spartan in 2021, he averaged 18.8 yards per catch, a new look for the Vikings, predicted to make a saliva with the offense led by Kevin O'Connell.

December 30, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Jalen Naylor. Compulsory Credit: Brett Davis-USA Today Sports.

Allen's half-prediction is also interesting because BC Johnson is returning from injury in 2022, the last year of his contract. Some have predicted Osborne to take the next step in the WR2 region, while others, including quarterback Kirk Cousin, have a "BC alert" mentality.

Allen's Naylor theory is just another to observe.

The Vikings compulsory minicamp will begin June 7.


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Munster vows to fight hangover and care factor but promises to move on

An outspoken Cameron Munster, ready to own the State of Origin Arena, admits he "just hoped" for an unpleasant rate at last year's Queensland series.

Spent a month in a wellness facility to tackle the original five-eighth gambling and alcohol problems, to check himself after last year's infamous white powder scandal and to spend around his Melbourne NRL deal based on the bill.

He returned to pre-season training in career-best form and, despite the club's ban on alcohol, was reflected in Camp Maroon before the opening match of the series next Wednesday in Sydney.

"I went to the hangover on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, didn't put much input into the club (storm)," he said.

Cameron Munster of the Maroons is looking at the game below

Cameron Munster (Photo by Mark Colby / Getty Images)

“And then Thursday, Friday is coming good and playing on the weekends.

“Last year (at the time of origin) I was in and out of the game just hoping it happened.

“This year is a different story; I'm a little bit fitter and excited to take a lead in my role. "

Munster said he would lean on his strengths and aim to "run around like a headless choke" as part of a new look team proud of in-form rookie and experience.

Munster has set the stage to make his mark and he is feeling the moment.

“I haven’t done it (good football) less in the last few years; But I'm in good form and going out will be a good game, "he said.

“I just want to be consistent; I'm getting big money, when I don't play well there is speculation, (people ask) 'Am I worth that money?'

Former Storm teammate and rookie coach Billy Slater says the plan would be to give Munster as much power as possible.

"She is OK. I don't know how important the series is to him, but he's in a really good place right now, "said Slater.

“Happy off the field with partner and new baby. It has helped him on the field and he has worked really hard in the last six to eight months.

"She is OK.

"I love watching him play."

The team practiced together for the first time in Brisbane on Tuesday before heading to the South Gold Coast where they will be grounded before next week’s opening match.

Rookie winger Selwyn Cobo is lined up on the right wing, just outside the center of Dan Gaggai, Xavier Coates is moving left from his regular flank outside Valentine Homes.

Named No. 14, Hooker Harry Grant is battling the flu in Melbourne.

North Queensland half Tom Deerden is a potential next man up if Storm talent is not fit to play.

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Brian Too also announced his plans to stop the expected aerial attack from Queensland, with the unusual statement that he would 'squeeze your glutes and hope for the best'.

Penrith Winger, who is charitably listed by the NRL at 182cm, joked that he had tackled long-winded opposition wings and had a plan for his entire career.

"For me, for a little guy, I just said this thing, 'Hold on to your glue and hope for the best,'" he said.

"It's just a matter of trying to compete. I will do my best. Even if you are taller than me I will try and give my best [in the air]. All these wings are taller than me. I love looking at challenges.

Daniel Tupau was overtaken by Josh Ado-Carr because of his height advantage, while Queensland was considered important because he chose Selwyn Cobo and Xavier Coates, 190 centimeters north. Despite the adversity of the heights, Toard's strength in the yardage was a major factor in his inclusion in the team.

Brad Fitler defended his call with Tupau instead of ado-car in the NSW Blues squad, but revealed that his controversial decision caused 'quite a stir' among his players.

"[The decision] There has been a lot of excitement with the players, "he said Sen.Breakfast with Andrew Voss and Greg Alexander.

"[Addo-Carr] The way he is around the camp is so unique. But I really think it was more about playing Daniel Tupau - what he did on the roosters, how safe he was, the way he was finishing, the way he was getting the ball out of trouble.

"I think at the moment, I don't think it's right for Fox or the team to go to the first game. So we contacted and he was committed to getting back on the team and he had my line, well, he's here. So it was a tough one. "

Alexander backed his former Penrith teammate's decision, describing the Bulldogs winger - who allowed him to score two goals against the Dragons yesterday - as "out of form".

Brandi explained that he thought it would be better to resist the tall man, Tupu, Queensland.

"A lot of players were picked when they were in bad form or not in great form," Alexander said. "But they have worked before.

"Keeping in mind what Queensland will choose, we have decided to go with Daniel Tupo on the wing instead of Josh Ado-Car.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - November 18: Blues coaches Brad Fitler and Daniel Tupau watch Australia after three games in the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at the Suncorp Stadium on November 18, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde / Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Hyde / Getty Images)

Daniel Tupu is also in great form. She did too [in Origin] Before that - he did a great job for us in 2020. I thought in 2020 he would be one of our best players.

"He's a great carry-out in his own right. He's tall, he's the target of our kicks, but he can save the kicks too."

Earlier, in his first interview about the Fitler Blues team announcement, he doubled down on his decision, with the coach saying that the only thing he thought was unusual about his choice was his reaction.

"I wonder if people will be surprised," said the Nine News coach. "He has been the best winger for many years.

"I've coached Tups before on the City team and at the State of Origin and have always liked him as part of my team."

Regarding the selection of new centers by Cotoni Stags and Stephen Crichton, Fitler said that their ability to decide on the defensive side of the ball is the main reason.

“It’s a pretty clever position and defensively it’s extremely important,” he said. "Our centers will have a lot of work to do and some big decisions to make, but at the end of the day, it's about the team and I don't think it will cost you a place.

"We are very confident in the team we have and look forward to meeting all the boys."

Earlier, the Bulldogs' captain and coach, Josh Jackson and Mick Potter, backed their man ado-car for the blues gig.

"He's a responsible player and he's a very good original player," Potter said. "I would have been surprised if he had not been in the team. I'll be disappointed for Josh, I hope it's not.

Jackson added: "He was really good at that origin, he's been a part of it for years now and he's put in some great performances.

"The energy he brings around a place is quite contagious so I can imagine Brad Fitler wanting to be in his camp all week."