Lots to get to and we're running behind so enough jibber jabbering, let's get to it!
So it's looking grim today for Lions fans and I'll have a piece on it later, but we've had more news that isn't news but is on Jahvid Best.
Twitter was afire this morning with comments from Martin Mayhew about Best playing at some point this year but not yet. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has a longer piece on Mayhew's comments which included being "surprised" and "disappointed."
Nine months he's been out. Nine. Still not cleared? That's a huge concern.
Meanwhile, over at MLive.com, Anwar Richardson has a story on Stefan Logan, a wide receiver converting to running back. Logan played running back in college, and the article compares him to Best, which is a fair comparison.
For those hardy folk who read these things—here is your bonus fantasy football sleeper. Take Logan VERY late in your draft (though his draft position might start moving up). Best is uncertain to return. Leshoure is coming off a hammy injury, Kevin Smith is always banged up—Logan could very well get tons of carries.
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Tyler Dunne does his usual fantastic work in the Journal-Sentinel, this time with a closer look at Tori Gurley, a wide receiver who is trying to make the roster this year, not the practice squad. Everything I have heard says that the team loves both he and Diondre Borel.
Gurley looks like he could develop into a nice red zone threat—and the team knows it can't risk he and Borel going to the practice squad again because some team will snag them.
Even though he is going to miss a ton of time due to suspension, Anthony Hargrove is a positive influence at practice, according to Jason Wilde at ESPN Wisconsin.
It's easy to mope and get excused for it when you are down, but Hargrove is working hard to be a part of this team instead and that will earn him a place among his teammates even when he isn't able to play.
Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press discusses the Vikings' expected improvement on the offensive line. Next to the Bears' offensive line, this is the one you want to watch most closely. Whether Charlie Johnson's switch to guard will really help him improve is a big question, and rookie Matt Kalil will face a ton of talent at left tackle—though going up against Jared Allen in practice will help a bunch.
Tom Pelissero discusses how rookie Josh Robinson's hamstring injury causes a bit of a hiccup in his attempts to get a starting cornerback job. Head over to ESPN 1500 for the whole bit.
All this talk about Hester, Jeffery and Marshall has left one name off the radar: Dane Sanzenbacher. Mark Potash has a piece in the Chicago Sun-Times about how the second year player is back on the roster bubble.
I respect the fact that he's not whining about it and just working hard. He's a guy who could get cut so others might get play when perhaps he shouldn't be. If he does fail to make the roster, expect him to be grabbed very quickly.
Vaughn McClure at the Chicago Tribune has a good piece on Brandon Hardin's switch from corner to safety. The Tribune also has a video on Israel Idonije helping out rookie Shea McClellin and another from Vauhn about how Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs believe newly acquired defensive tackle Brian Price will be a great fit on the team.
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