The fan base for the Vikings stretches well beyond Minnesota

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The fan base for the Vikings stretches well beyond Minnesota

Postby liny195 » 30 Nov 2018, 16:23

B.J. Hill Jersey , with strongholds in North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Iowa.It crosses the Canadian border, too. Just ask Brett Jones.Acquired in a trade with the New York Giants to help shore up a shaky interior of the offensive line, Jones joined the Vikings for practice on Monday after his completed physical exam consummated the deal. He smiled as he spoke afterward about the whirlwind he'd experienced as the final week of the preseason began, when the Giants pulled him off the field during drills on Sunday. Then the Vikings called him to arrange his travel."I was pretty surprised," Jones said, "and excited at the same time."As a youth on the Saskatchewan prairie, Jones rooted for the Vikings long before playing for them became a reality."There's a lot of purple up there," he said. "Growing up, this was probably the closest stadium we could get to."As an 18-year-old, Jones even bought a Phil Loadholt jersey to wear his devotion after the Vikings drafted him in the second round out of Oklahoma in 2009. He traveled south to watch a game that season against the Cincinnati Bengals at the now-demolished Metrodome."I just liked offensive linemen, and I didn't think anybody else would have that jersey so I picked that one," Jones said.After attending Regina University, Jones was the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award winner in 2014, his second year with the Calgary Stampeders.The Giants signed him in 2015, and he made his first NFL start at left guard in 2016. The 6-foot-2, 312-pound Jones started 13 games last season at center, but he fell behind Jon Halapio on the depth chart in training camp this summer and carried a $2.914 million salary the tight-against-the-cap Giants had to shed.The Vikings have scouted the CFL thoroughly over the past few years. Wide receiver Brandon Zylstra is a fellow CFL alum in training camp."It was a unique path. It was the only option I had," Jones said. "Coming out of college I was short Authentic Saquon Barkley Jersey , and I'm still short today, so it was tough for me. I had to prove that I could play by playing in the CFL, and then when I got to the NFL I had to prove I belong here. I've just been doing that each and every day."With center Pat Elflein still not back at practice following offseason ankle and shoulder surgeries and left guard Nick Easton likely out for the year with a neck injury, Jones was a welcomed addition. Joe Berger retired after starting at right guard last season."On tape he's pretty good. He's stout, strong, really gritty, good in pass protection, solid on the double teams," coach Mike Zimmer said.Fantasy Football Friday: Start/sit for Week 1 of 2018 NFL season Start/sit is a big thing for Fantasy Football. Decisions like these always need to be made and it’s always better to get advice. But I’m not particularly a fan of generic start/sit columns because there’s so much unknown — what scoring your league has, roster size, do you have any other options? Unfortunately there’s really no way to personally cater this column to you, so we get these columns that list a few players that might have a sizable group of people on the fence. At the same time, I want to cater this to you. You’re who I’m trying to help. Trying emphasized. If you like the column as it is, awesome! At the end of this post, I’ll put a poll to whether you’d like start/sit to keep appearing like this or if you’d like something that could be more personalized, like maybe an hour or so Sunday morning on Twitter or through the Questions feature on Instagram stories. Please let your opinion be known.With that out of the way, here’s start/sit for Week 1.Running backStart: Jamaal Williams, Green Bay PackersJamaal Williams is currently Green Bay’s starting running back, at least until Aaron Jones returns from suspension and maybe after. Williams didn’t put up overly impressive numbers last season http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/saquon-barkley-jersey , but there is some reason to believe in improvement. Per Next Gen Stats. Williams was ninth in running back Efficiency last season, which I found was more predictive year-to-year than just yards per carry. The Packers are favored by over a touchdown, which could lead to some increased work on the ground at the end of the game.Start: Marshawn Lynch, Oakland RaidersIt’s an easy joke to make, but Jon Gruden’s coaching philosophy might not have evolved from the last time he was a head coach. Considering all he’s said and done throughout the offseason, it’s hard to imagine he’s not a firm believer in running the ball and running it often — even if it is straight into Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. However, the Rams did give up the second most fantasy points per game to running backs last season and Lynch is sure to see volume on Sunday.Sit: Chris Carson, Seattle SeahawksPeople might not remember how good Chris Carson was last season when he was healthy. Unfortunately that might not help him in the Week 1 matchup against the Denver Broncos. For the bit the Broncos defense slipped last season, the run defense was still one of the best in the league — third in DVOA, sixth-fewest fantasy points allowed per game to running backs. The Seahawks appear to have a new commitment to the run game, but that might not find success early in the season in Denver.Sit: Adrian Peterson, Washington RedskinsWe’ve talked a bit this offseason about how running into stacked boxes instantly decreases the chance of a running play being successful. Adrian’s Peterson’s running style calls for defenses to stack the box against him because of the heavy formations his team rolls out for him. He usually needs a fullback and can’t really run from shotgun. He’s going against defense that was the best run defense by DVOA last season and allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs. That defense is now coached by the guy who led the No. 5 rush defense by DVOA and allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs. Wide receiverStart: Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh SteelersSince 2014 in games without Le’Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger has averaged two more pass attempts and 43 more passing yards per game than with Bell in the lineup. The short passes typically reserved for Bell turn into longer passes to wide receivers. Last year no team ran base defense more than the Cleveland Browns, which is asking for the Steelers to come out with three wide receivers and sling the ball around. Smith-Schuster is a big play waiting to happen against a defense that tied for the sixth-most passing touchdowns of 20 or more yards allowed last season.Start: Keelan Cole, Jacksonville JaguarsKeelan Cole is the latest in a now long line of acquired and developed Jaguars receivers that don’t get enough attention because of the quarterback situation. But Cole, a former undrafted free agent, is quite good. From Week 9 through the end of the regular season, Cole had the 13th-most fantasy points among wide receivers and only Marvin Jones (19.8) had a higher yards per reception than Cole (18.7) among wide receivers with at least 30 catches in that span. If Cole gets a bunch of Eli Apple on Sunday http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/patrick-omameh-jersey , he could have a nice day.Sit: Robby Anderson, New York JetsRobby Anderson is the Jets’ No. 1 receiver and last year he played that role quite well with Josh McCown. On Monday night, though, the Jets will face the Detroit Lions and that means Anderson is likely to see a good amount of Darius Slay, one of the league’s most underrated cornerbacks. Last season the Lions were third in DVOA against opposing No. 1 receivers and Slay followed top receivers most weeks. Between the tough matchup and the first start for a rookie quarterback, it might be better to wait and see with Anderson before using him later in the season.Sit: Sterling Shepard, New York GiantsAll the talk about Odell Beckham and Jalen Ramsey kind of overshadows that Jacksonville has another really really good cornerback in A.J. Bouye. If Shepard plays outside, he’ll likely get Bouye on most of his routes — or he’ll get Ramsey if the two stick to sides. Even in the slot, Shepard won’t have a an easy matchup. If you have a better option at receiver, it might be the right place to go and avoid the Jacksonville matchup with the Giants figure out their offense to open season.Tight endStart: Delanie Walker, Tennessee TitansNo team gave up more fantasy points to tight ends last season than the Miami Dolphins — they narrowly beat the New York Giants (10.2 to 10.1). The Dolphins upgraded at safety and linebacker in the draft with the selections of Minkah Fitzpatrick and Jerome Baker, but there’s still plenty of places for a veteran like Walker to exploit the defense. If he’s healthy — he had been out of practice but did not appear on the injury report this week — he should be a big part of a Titans’ passing game that is still working things out with the wide receivers.Sit: Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati BengalsTyler Eifert is healthy at the moment, but the Bengals want to preserve that health for as long as they can. It looks like that will involve a limited snap count, at least in the early part of the season. While some of those limited snaps should take place in the red zone — somewhere Eifert has been great — it’s safer to see what this looks like in a game before hoping Eifert can become and Antonio Gates-like red zone specialist. Tight end is always deep and there will be plenty of options to fill in like Tyler Higbee against the Raiders or Ben Watson against the Buccaneers this week if you need a streamer.
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