The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis, which means that free agency is just around the corner.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Head Coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the media on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, about a number of topics, but questions focused heavily on the quarterback situation in Minnesota. Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford and Case Keenum all have contracts set to expire, and time will tell if one – or two – return or if the Vikings go another route.
Michael Marot of the Associated Press ***wrote the following (published in the *Toronto Star***): *
*Spielman faces one of the most challenging decisions a general manager can with all three set to become free agents in less than two weeks. *
*The more telling question might be, how eager are others around the league to sign Keenum, Bridgewater and Bradford? *
The Vikings aren't the only ones in interesting scenarios, however. Marot highlighted storylines surrounding Alex Smith, Blake Bortles and Jimmy Garoppolo. The Chiefs have an agreement to trade Smith to the Redskins. It was announced before Super Bowl LII, but the move won't become official until March 14. Bortles re-signed with the Jaguars, and Garoppolo signed a megadeal to remain with the 49ers.
Marot said that "this could be just the start to a wild and woolly" offseason.
Other prominent names could be on the move, too.
Cousins and Mike Glennon are expected to be available after the Bears announced Wednesday they would release Glennon, and 39-year-old Drew Brees will be a free agent if he doesn't re-sign with the Saints in the next two weeks. The conventional wisdom suggests Brees will remain in New Orleans.
On top of free agency, Marot reminded that trades cannot be ruled out for teams across the league.
The team that appears in "no hurry to change anything," according to Marot, is the Super Bowl LII champion Eagles.
Diggs, Thielen ranked in top 30 for 'fantasy points per touch'
In the world of fantasy football, points can be scored in a number of different ways.
But NFL.com's Michael Fabiano pointed out that "while the final scoring leaders offer a look at how well a player performed in the stat sheets, it fails to offer a complete picture on how good the player *really *was for fantasy fans."
Fabiano explained that players could rank **lower in overall points than in points-per-touch**, depending on how they are utilized on the field. Fabiano wrote:
Let's take a deeper look into the numbers to see how our heroes performed when the football was in their hands. In the case of the wideouts, here's the position's top 30 players ranked based on a combination of receptions and rush attempts and the positive points that resulted via receiving and rushing yards gained, receptions and total touchdowns.
Vikings receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen were both included in Fabiano's list, coming in at 23 and 29, respectively.
Diggs "averaged an impressive 3.69 fantasy points per touch in his first three games," but things evened out a bit over the course of the season, and he finished with 2.75 FPPT.
Thielen had 2.60 FPPT, which Fabiano said would have been higher with an increased touchdown total.
And who was at the top of the list?
Fabiano highlighted Detroit's Marvin Jones (3.69), Philadelphia's Alshon Jeffery (3.44) and Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Shuster (3.41) as the first-, second- and third-highest performers in that specific fantasy category.
Kevin McDermott joins The Power Trip Morning Show
Vikings long snapper Kevin McDermott is making the most of his offseason.
While continuing to rehab a shoulder injury suffered in Week 16 against the Packers, McDermott hasn't slowed down. He and his wife, Lauren, recently returned from an overseas trip to Oman and the UAE. Upon returning to the States, McDermott made an appearance on KFAN's *The Power Trip Morning Show. *
Posted on **the episode page** was that McDermott "joins the guys for like an hour or two, and he was awesome … I think we just became best friends."
Take a listen, and keep an eye on Vikings.com for a future story about McDermott's international travels.