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We have yet to hear Teddy Bridgewater say that he wants the starting job and is going to compete for it. Do you think there is any room for concern with Bridgewater being content as the backup? -- Chad S. San Antonio, TX
No, there is no concern about a lack of competitiveness on Bridgewater's part. While it's true he hasn't been outspoken about competing for the starting job, I actually don't feel he should be. There should be less desire to hear him speak about playing well and more demand to actually see him play well. In addition, I feel it's implied Bridgewater is competing for the starting job because everyone should be viewed as competing for a starting job and therefore there's no need to declare such is the case, particularly for rookies.
Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner was asked a similar question last week during a radio appearance with Voice of the Vikings Paul Allen's weekday radio show. Here's what he said: "I think he's (Bridgewater) saying all the right things. He's really a competitor. I think he has his sights set on playing and playing well as soon as he can, so that's what you want."
Cornerback Brandon Flowers is on the market and if he can be had for a relatively cheap price, wouldn't he be a good piece to sign for our secondary? I know you've said in a previous post pertaining to Asante Samuel and Ed Reed that we have veteran leadership on this team and we want to develop young players rather than sign veterans. However, Samuel and Reed while very good in their prime are significantly past their prime. Flowers still should have a three-to-five more good years left in him before a decline. Let me know what you think…I think he'd be a great signing. -- Michael J. New Jersey
I am never against adding good players to the roster, and Flowers is a good player who is just 28 years old and is coming off a Pro Bowl season. Whether he's the right fit for the Vikings or not, that's another matter. Given the signing of Captain Munnerlyn earlier this offseason, who projects to slide inside to play nickel corner in sub packages, a high-profile addition to the depth chart now would mean the player would have to project to play primarily outside. For the Vikings to have interest in Flowers, they would have to see him as an outside corner and Flowers would have to be on board with that, as well. There are also salary cap concerns – this is a big reason why the Chiefs had to part ways with Flowers. As you can see, there are a lot of factors that go into this type of situation, and I'm not sure where the Vikings stand on those issues as they pertain to Flowers.
NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal identified seven teams who are potential suitors for Flowers, and the Vikings were not one of them. That doesn't mean a Vikings-Flowers reunion is impossible, but it's one indication that perhaps the odds are stacked against it.
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How has the safety competition for the spot next to Harrison Smith gone so far? Does it appear that Jamarca Sanford or Mistral Raymond are still top dogs in that race or does Robert Blanton or newcomer Antone Exum have a strong chance to unseat them for that starting spot? -- Tom F. Palm Harbor, FL
The competition for this spot is thick and has gone well so far this spring. At this point, my sense is Sanford remains the starter but he will indeed be challenged for that spot by several players. Blanton has worked quite a bit with the first team, and it's also been interesting to see veteran Kurt Coleman, added to the roster in April, work his way into the mix. Other names to watch include Brandan Bishop, Exum, Raymond and Andrew Sendejo.
This will be one of the key position battles to watch moving forward, but particularly once we get to training camp because then the pads come on and there is live contact. There likely is not enough room on the 53-man roster for all of these safeties, so the more they can do for the team the better chance they have of making the cut. Special teams will play into the decision as well as defensive fit.
When the team practices at Organized Team Activities (OTAs), would the coaches rather see the offense move down the field and score or would they rather see the defense stop them? If one side dominates, it would not be too good. -- Terrel T. Honolulu, HI
Terrel is right – if one side of the ball dominates day in, day out in practice, that is not good. Ultimately, you want to see a good balance and lots of competitive periods during practices. The Vikings focus a lot on situational football, particularly toward the end of practice, and the best thing a head coach can see is balance over the course of time. Also, some drills throughout practice are set up to favor one side of the ball over the other. The seven-on-seven passing drill, for example, should see the offense complete a high percentage of passes, and so in that period of practice the coaches would like to see the offense stand out quite a bit.
What's been going on with the TCF Bank Stadium upgrades? I have not heard anything on this since they announced they were tearing out the old turf. Pics of the new turf would be awesome! -- Paul R. Savage MN
The Vikings have made significant upgrades at the University of Minnesota to ready the venue for NFL games in 2014 and 2015. Among the improvements: a hydronic heated field, heating for various other areas of the stadium, concession stand upgrades in the concourse, increased storage throughout the facility and temporary bleachers to accommodate approximately 1,700 fans.
As for photos of the new turf, check out the gallery embedded below.