Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford told media members yesterday that there's a lot of talent in the offensive meeting room.
The Vikings are returning receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, whom they signed to a contract extension, and during the offseason added some pieces that include running backs Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook and receivers Michael Floyd, Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley.
While this year's offense looks to create chemistry on the field, NFL.com writer Adam Rank looked back and highlighted former standout Vikings. Randy Moss and Robert Smith were listed at No. 10 in his list of "Top 15 RB-WR tag teams of the Super Bowl era." Rank wrote:
Obviously everybody remembers how awesome Moss was during his day. But Smith is often overlooked as one of the best in the business from his time. At age 28 in 2000, Smith rushed for 1,521 yards (with Moss going for 1,437 yards and 15 TDs) -- and then he retired. Yep, he pulled a Barry Sanders.
In the top three spots, Rank tabbed current Steelers duo Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, former 49ers Jerry Rice and Roger Craig, and former Lions Herman Moore and Sanders at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively.
Smith was able to make it to Mankato on Sunday for Verizon Vikings Training Camp:
Rhodes, Griffen extensions part of 'elite' Vikings defense
Griffen's extension is the second of his career since being drafted by the Vikings in 2010. Rhodes, drafted 25th overall in 2013, has agreed to his first deal after his rookie contract.
ESPN's Kevin Seiffert delved into Minnesota's current situation on defense. Following Rhodes' signing yesterday, he said "the market agrees" with the cornerback's value. Seiffert wrote:
[This] is largely how the NFL financial market develops: Teams project how much their player would be worth on the open market and then offer something they hope will be signed to avoid a free-agent bidding war.
Seiffert added that General Manager Rick Spielman is following his strategy to plan for the future. He reminded that the Vikings also signed safety Harrison Smith to an extension in June 2016. He wrote:
Viewed this way, it means the Vikings have at least three elite defensive players. Griffen requires extra attention from offensive linemen to be slowed in the pass rush. Rhodes can be matched up against an opponent's No. 1 receiver. Smith can be counted on to support the run like a linebacker and tackle as well as anyone in the secondary.
*This is both a recognition of the Vikings' talent and a confirmation of their high floor. *