In the months since the 2015 season ended, analysts have weighed in on all 32 NFL teams and their rosters. Most recently, Pro Football Focus writer Gordon McGuinness graded Teddy Bridgewater 13th overall among league quarterbacks after his performance in 2015. McGuinness wrote:
Our adjusted completion percentage takes into account drops, batted passes, spikes and passes where the quarterback is hit as he throws the ball. Bridgewater had the best mark in the NFL last year at 79.3 percent, after finishing third as a rookie at 77.3 percent.
McGuinness pointed out that Bridgewater also threw six of his nine interceptions under pressure, and hopefully the Vikings focus on the offensive line this offseason will help Bridgewater in that area. McGuinness also said that the Vikings have worked to add additional playmakers around Bridgewater.
*[While] Stefon Diggs, who was the highest-graded rookie wide receiver in the NFL last year at 82.0, was last year's top target, hopes will be high that 2016 first-round draft pick Laquon Treadwell can have an immediate impact. *
With Diggs' success as a rookie, the addition of Treadwell, and a solid tight end in Kyle Rudolph, the onus is firmly on Bridgewater to take that next step forward … [He] has shown enough that he is now in position to make that happen heading into his third season in the league.
Captain Munnerlyn has good feeling about 2016 season
The Vikings will report to Training Camp tomorrow, signaling the 2016 season is just around the corner.
Prior to returning to Minnesota, Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn spent some time in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, where he hosted his seventh annual free youth football camp at Murphy High School, his alma mater. While there, Munnerlyn spoke with AL.com's Mark Inabinett about his time with the Vikings and his outlook for the season.
"The sky's the limit for this team," Munnerlyn told Inabinett on Saturday. "We've got a great defense, great offense, great running back and a great head coach. He feels like defense wins championship. We're going to go out there, we're going to work hard in training camp and I really, truly believe this is the year we can make a run to the Super Bowl.
"We've all got one goal in mind," Munnerlyn added.
Munnerlyn also talked with Inabinett about the addition of Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The veteran cornerback said that football is a business, and he will always understand adding younger players to the roster.
"It's definitely a business, but at the same time it's a good business," the 28-year-old Munnerlyn told Inabinett. "Competition brings out the best in everybody. I love it when they draft a cornerback. I know I've got to step my game up a little bit more and go out there and compete at a very high level."
A look at the Vikings defensive line
As part of a series breaking down each of Minnesota's position groups, the Star Tribune's Matt Vensel delved into the defensive line Wednesday.
Vensel opinioned that the top training camp battle will be between second-year defensive end Danielle Hunter and Brian Robison, entering his 10th NFL season.
It will be interesting to see if [Hunter] is given a legitimate chance to unseat Robison, the longtime starter at left end. This spring, Robison was with the starters in the base defense. But if Hunter continues his ascension, he will get more snaps at the expense of Robison, though both figure to get plenty of work in Mike Zimmer's rotation.
Vensel went on to peg defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd as a possible breakout player during training camp and the 2016 season. Floyd missed three games in 2015 due to injury.
*Hunter, an impressive athlete with long arms and a quick burst, is an obvious candidate to break out. But allow me to submit a defender who has been a starter each of the past two seasons: Sharrif Floyd. In his first three years in the NFL, Floyd flashed when healthy. *
If Floyd can find a way to play all 16 games at relatively full health, he could become one of the NFL's top 4-3 defensive tackles.