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The Vikings have had a strange week (15th Jan 20 at 2:40am UTC)
George Asafo-Adjei Buffalo Bills Jersey , starting with the aftermath of Sunday’s loss to the Bears. And the guy who pushed down the first domino is pushing back against those who repeated and characterized his words.“Everything’s good,” Thielen told Dave Lee of WCCO radio on Friday morning regarding Thielen’s relationship with quarterback Kirk Cousins. “You know, the media always tries to twist things and make things into what they’re not.”Although Thielen disagrees with the manner in which his post-game remarks about the team’s passing game were interpreted, the full extent of his comments indicate that Thielen’s criticism of the passing game was directed not at play design or poor blocking or receivers failing to get open but the guy responsible for distributing the football.“At some point, you’re not going to be able to run the ball for 180 yards, even with the best running back in the NFL,” Thielen said. “And that’s when you have to be able to throw the ball. You have to be able to make plays. You have to be able to hit the deep balls. You have to do that because otherwise it’s too easy for teams to just tee up and rush the quarterback. We have to be able to run the ball and pass the ball.”Separately in that same session with reporters, Thielen was asked about his inability to connect with Cousins when Thielen was open deep.“He made a great read of finding me open,” Thielen said, “and just didn’t complete the pass.”Thielen also was asked whether he was having a hard time getting open against the Chicago secondary.“It didn’t feel like that out there,” Thielen said. “I didn’t feel that.”Although it wasn’t an obvious and overt shot at Cousins Infant Christopher Slayton Jersey , Thielen said enough to invite fair questions and scrutiny as to whether he said more publicly than he should have said. Especially since Thielen, when discussing the Stefon Diggs situation on WCCO, incanted the mantra that is most closely associated with Bill Belichick but that traces to the mentor Belichick shares with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer: Duane Charles “Bill” Parcells.“Something I remind myself every day, just do your job to the best of your ability and that’s the most important thing,” Thielen said when deferring comment on Diggs.Belichick would say it’s not Thielen’s job to comment, directly or indirectly, on the performance of any other player. And it’s our job as the media to point these things out. It required no “twisting” or embellishment or anything other than ears, eyes, and common sense to understand what Thielen, one of the best receivers in the NFL, was really saying in the fresh rush of frustration that comes after a game in which the Minnesota offense couldn’t run Christopher Slayton Jersey Draft , couldn’t pass, couldn’t score, couldn’t win. Like it or not, there is your QB of the future"Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesAfter two offseasons of speculation, the New York Giants have chosen their heir apparent for Eli Manning. The Giants Thursday selected quarterback Daniel Jones of Duke with their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.Jones has long been considered a potential target for the Giants, though until recently few believed the Giants would select him this early in the draft. As has been well-documented, Jones was coached at duke by David Cutcliffe, who was the quarterbacks coach for both eli and Peyton Manning. Jones’ private quarterbacks coach, David Morris, was Eli Manning’s collegiate backup and roommate at Ole Miss. Jones has also attended the Manning Passing Academy a number of times.Manning, 38 Christopher Slayton NFL Jersey , is entering his 16th season with the Giants. GM Dave Gettleman has spoken often of a desire to get a young quarterback “to learn at the feet of Eli” before potentially taking over the job. With the selection of Jones, Gettleman has put that plan into motion.In his breakdown of Jones, our Mark Schofield called him “yet another polarizing player in this quarterback class, where the outside media and the NFL insiders seem to have differing opinions on how to grade this player.”As Schofield indicated, the outside media was not kind to Jones in the pre-draft buildup. NFL insiders, though, have rated him much more highly. Long-time personnel man Gil Brandt had Jones as his ninth-ranked prospect and recently had this to say: On Sirius XM NFL Radio Thursday night, Brandt added analyst Lance Zierlein exemplifies the opposite view:Schofield’s summary goes like this: Instant reactionSB Nation’s Bill Connelly panned the pick:Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network said:Giants draft picks The selection of Jones is one of two the Giants have in the first round of the draft. They are schedule to make 12 selections in all.Round 1 (No. 6) -- Daniel Jones, QB, DukeRound 1 (No. 17) -- Round 2 (No. 37) -- Round 3 (No. 95) -- Round 4 (No. 108) -- Round 4 (No. 132) -- Round 5 (No. 142) -- Round 5 (No. 143) --Round 5 (No. 171) --Round 6 (No. 180) -- Round 7 (No. 232) -- Round 7 (No. 245) -- Grade the pickHow do you think the Giants did with this selection? Let us know by grading the pick in the poll below.
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