Cobb out again for Packers with hamstring injury
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb will miss his sixth game this season because of a hamstring injury.
Cobb was sidelined Sunday at Minnesota for the third straight week, along with cornerback Kevin King (hamstring). Defensive end Mike Daniels (foot) and cornerback Bashaud Breeland (groin) were also out. Safety Kentrell Brice (ankle) returned from a one-game absence. Tight end Jimmy Graham (thumb) was in the lineup after being listed as questionable.
From Pat Elflein to Ben Gedeon and Dalvin Cook, Vikings’ rookies stepped into big roles this season
As Mike Zimmer surveyed his rookie class on Thursday, running through the list of his first-year players at a reporters request, the Vikings coach could tick off players who were already key contributors, important role players or promising prospects.
[Pat] Elfleins pretty good. [Dalvin] Cook is good, Zimmer said. [Ben] Gedeons done good. Weve got a lot of them, right? I think [Stacy] Coleys going to be a player. [Rodney] Adams, hes got a chance to be a player. [Jaleel] Johnson, he does, too.
Livonia — Before Devin Bush became a grizzled veteran sophomore linebacker, he learned the ropes from his upperclassmen teammates.
"The man right there," Bush pointed to the next table before Michigan's annual football bust Tuesday night. "Mike McCray. He took me under his wing when I first got here."
Bush led the Wolverines with 94 tackles this season, but he credits McCray, along with several former Wolverines for getting him to this point and shaping his approach to the game on so many levels.
Vikings special teams get to reboot against Falcons with Ben Gedeon leading the way
It wasn’t a good sign when Lions returner T.J. Jones slipped past Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson, sprinting up the sideline for a 35-yard return to start a poor day for the Vikings’ special teams on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit.
Linebacker Ben Gedeon had to run from his kickoff spot at “R1,” or the closest to kicker Kai Forbath on the right side, across the field and knock Jones out of bounds.
The Vikings each year had named a Rookie of the Year at the Minnesota Football Awards banquet.
That is, until the last one. No Vikings rookie did much in 2016, and so no award was handed out.
Count on that changing, though, in 2017. It looks as if the Vikings will have a bevy of top rookies despite not having a first-round pick.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The demise of the third linebacker in Minnesota's defense, and that of every other NFL team in a 4-3 scheme, has not been exaggerated.
With the nickel package now in majority control of the playbook, thanks to the prevalence of passing attacks dominating the league these days, the third cornerback is more of a starter. The base defense might only be employed 30 or 40 percent of the time.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed five more draft picks, leaving second-round running back Dalvin Cook as their lone rookie without a contract.
The Vikings also signed former Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong, who will play safety after taking part in rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.