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Hartman: Vikings sat in front of a third rookie quarterback Sunday

Four quarterbacks were taken in the first 10 picks of the 2018 NFL draft: Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield (No. 1, Browns),…

Four quarterbacks were taken in the first 10 picks of the 2018 NFL draft: Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (No. 1, Browns), USCs Sam Darnold (No. 3, Jets), Wyoming’s Josh Allen (No. 7, Bills) and UCLA’s Josh Rosen (No. 10, Cardinals).

The vikings are 1-1 as far as the group, with a 27-17 victory over Rosen and Arizona on Sunday and a 27-6 loss to Allen and Buffalo in week 3.

On Sunday they will get a beat at Darnold, the most polished of the four quarterbacks. The animals are 3-3, who come from back-to-back victories over Broncos (34-1

6) and Colts (42-34).

Coach Mike Zimmer was asked what he thought about the challenges his team will face in East Rutherford, NJ

“They are very aggressive defensive, get a lot of turnover. We can not turn the ball, say he. “Offensive they give you many different variations. They run the jump-pass option and give you many different options, many back-formations, quarterbacks are talented, they have some fast recipients and they run for [130.3] laps per game. We have to do a good job at the driving game. “

Darnold has thrown for 1,346 meters (20th NFL), nine touchdowns and seven missions while completing 59.8 percent of his passport. Last week he had his best game as a professional, threw for 280 yards and completed 24 out of 30 pass with two touchdowns and a beat to beat Colts.

His 83.7 pass ratings are the highest of the rookie class.

The viking industry has fought this season and gives 267 transition hours per game (19: an NFL), but Zimmer thinks the group is ready.

“It has improved a lot,” he said. “We’ve worked really hard on some of the things – third downturns have not really been a problem, it has been First and second falls, that’s what we’ve come across. We work harder and harder on them. “

And while Zimmer would not say his team was defeating Cardinals last week, he thought the game was one step in the right direction.

” It’s a week, so we did some good things in it the ball game and hopefully we can continue to do more, he says. “We drove the ball efficiently, had some great runs, and it was good we played well defensively.”

Offensive Stepped Up

Zimmers Vikingslag has never been ranked higher in total crime than in total defense, but so far this season is the crime 10th league in meters per game (391.2) while the defense is 16 feet Allowed per game (359.7).

Zimmer said he thinks the offensive line begins to sound like a group. [19659002] “I like them, these guys are all tough guys,” said Zimmer. “I think Brian ] Neill gets better, [center Pat ] Elflein begins to really come into his Tom ] Compton played well last week, [guard Mike ] Remmers you still know to learn the position but keep getting better. Neill, the second round of Pitt’s draft, played his first full game as a starting line man last week when he took all 71 snaps to the right

How did he feel? does he care about his performance?

“When you get so many snaps, there will be a lot of details and basics you want to clean up, but you know, we’re always focusing on how we can get better,” says Neill. ” I try to focus on the things I can improve and there are definitely many of them. “

The veteran liners have helped him make the transition to NFL, he said.

” I have learned a tone and no greater than the mindset and the attitude you must have to work every day, and how serious they take it and how detailed their work is. Just how professional, he says.

Fleck speaks Spielman

JD Spielman Nebraska sophomore and son of Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman Gophers this Saturday. He has become one of the most productive broad recipients of college football, although Cornhuskers has fought for a 0-6 record.

The Eden Prairie candidate took 13 receptions for 117 meters and two touchdowns in his first three games, but has since resigned.

In a 42-28 loss to Purdue on September 29th he had 10 receptions for 135 meters and two points. Next week he broke Wisconsin in a loss of 41-24 for 209 meters on nine receptions (23.2 meters per catch) and another point. Last week in 34-31 overtime loss to Northwestern he had eight receptions for 76 meters and one point.

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said that when playing against Cornhuskers, Spielman is at the top of his list.

“I know he’s from Minnesota and he’s a special football player and they’re lucky to have him because he’s very dynamic and doing many things,” said Fleck. “He can hit you in so many ways.” [19659008] “He can dissect a sunning on his own. He can hit you in the man’s cover. They put him in the backfield to hide him. They do a lot to make sure they get him the ball. “

And Fleck is not fooled by Cornhusker’s record and says they are a much better team than the one showing.

” They could be 5-1, 4-2, and probably even ranked now, “he said. . “They have lost some games in some strange, oddity-type situations. If I told you how they lost the game, you would not believe me. They have a huge freshman quarterback [ Adrian Martinez ] who is dynamic in the track and passport. They have three wideouts that can really play. They have a really good offensive line, tight ends are in the mix and some real physical backs. In defense they play a 3-4, aggressive, they fly to the ball. And on special teams they create field position bats for you. “


• Gophers senior Jordan Murphy was named for the Karl Malone Award Preseason Watch List for best power forward at college basketball. Also on the list was the former DeLaSalle star Reid Travis now playing in Kentucky after transfer from Stanford.

• Pro Football Focus announced its midseason all-Big Ten-team and had Gophers senior Blake Cashman as one of three line-backers. They wrote: Cashman is second among Big Ten linebackers with 26 defensive stops, as he also had success as a blitzing linebacker. “

• Former Timberwolves Forward Nemanja Bjelica began for the Kings in a 123-117 loss for jazz on Wednesday and scored 18 points on 8-for-12 shootings to go with eight rebounds, two aides and a steal. Ex-Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio played 22 minutes but had only one point and four assists for jazzen.

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