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Which player do you foresee being the starting third cornerback?
-- Al P.
La Crosse, WI
Right now my guess would be
What do you think about
-- Steve F.
Of those pushing
With players such as linebacker Pat Angerer and cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Terrell Thomas still free agents, do you think the Vikings would pick any of them up?
-- Michael H.
One thing to remember about free agency is that it’s a two-way street – in order for a team and free agent to hook up, both sides need to be interested. A team can have all the interest in the world in a certain player, but if that interest isn’t mutual on the part of the player, then it doesn’t matter. With that in mind, it’s very possible those three players have interested teams, but they may be waiting for a team to become more desperate once camps begin so that they can negotiate a better contract. Unexpected poor performance and injuries are two factors that teams sometimes have to deal with, and often times the way they deal with those issues is to sign a free agent.
With training camp and rosters cuts coming, how active are Vikings GM Rick Spielman and his scouts in terms of looking for additional playmakers from the free agents that may become available from other teams?
-- Randy S.
Scanning the waiver wire, re-evaluating free agents on the street and studying other teams’ rosters for players who could become available is a daily practice for NFL scouting staffs. Teams send scouts to preseason games across the League as part of this effort and teams also study players in other leagues, such as the Canadian Football League, to see if there is a chance to upgrade the roster. Building and maintaining a NFL roster is a year-long process.
What are your thoughts on
-- Gabe G.
The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, so anyone playing a non-quarterback position who is voted in the top 10 has really accomplished something and is clearly respected by their peers (the list is created based on votes from NFL players). The problem with debating or disagreeing with these kinds of lists is that inevitably you come off as disparaging another player more than you come off as crediting your own player. Debating who belongs at No. 2 and who belongs at No. 4 between Johnson and Peterson is really splitting hairs – both are great players and you can make a strong argument for both being No. 2. I would put Peterson there, myself, because he touches the ball more frequently and has a greater impact on his team’s performance week-in, week-out.
-- James W.
Maple Grove, MN
Yes, my expectation is that Banyard will be good to go for training camp beginning this week and he will be in the mix to win the No. 2 running back job along with