Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— What are Teddy Bridgewater’s thoughts on deflated footballs? “If I have to play this game with a rock, I’ll throw that around,” the QB said.
— Starting center John Sullivan did not practice yesterday, but the Vikings got some good news with the return of nose tackle Shamar Stephen.
— Coach Mike Zimmer has other concerns beyond the offensive line.
— Offensive lineman David Yankey was “definitely disappointed” by being demoted to the practice squad, but he said his mindset won’t change.
— This was supposed to be the year that cornerback Marcus Sherels got cut. Of course, we have been hearing that for years and he’s still here.
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— What’s it like to be a bubble boy while roster cuts are being made? Packers running back Alonzo Harris let a reporter experience it with him.
— TJ Jones was on the roster bubble, too. Now he’s the Lions’ top returner.
— The Bears had to release Paul Lasike, a former rugby player turned running back who hails from New Zealand, because of Visa issues.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
Vikings players have the day off before returning to Winter Park on Thursday morning to pick up their preparations for the season opener.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Vikings remained committed to the run without Adrian Peterson last season. Well, with one exception: second-and-long situations. According to Football Outsiders, the Vikings ran the ball on those plays 24 percent of the time, 28th-most in the NFL. In 2013, they ran it 44 percent of the time in second-and-long situations, which was second-most. Was that a byproduct of Peterson not being there in 2014 or a difference in philosophy between this coaching staff and the old one? I don’t have the answer to that, but what happens this season will likely shed some light on the matter.