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Kyle Shanahan planning to play Trey Lance in first and third preseason games

The 49ers begin their preseason slate this week with Friday’s matchup against the Packers.Quarterback Trey Lance appears likely to play.Head coach Kyle Shanahan said before Tuesday’s practice that he’d like “some” of the team’s starters — including Lance — to play in the first and third preseason games.“We’ve got a pretty good idea. I definitely [more]

Patrick Peterson: New defense takes stress off my body, allows guys to make plays

When the Vikings hired Kevin O’Connell as their head coach earlier this year, most of the focus was on what the arrival of the former Rams offensive coordinator will mean to quarterback Kirk Cousins and the team’s offense.The alterations to the team under O’Connell are not limited to that side of the ball, however. Ed [more]

Odell Beckham Jr. remains available; when will he sign a new deal?

Free-agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continues to be a free agent, two weeks into training camp. How much longer will he be on the market?In addition to the question of where he signs, there’s an issue as to when. The folks at NFL Network recently addressed that issue.Ian Rapoport suggested that the Buccaneers had interest [more]

Giants claim Nate Meadors off waivers

The Giants claimed safety Nate Meadors off waivers Thursday. It comes one day after the Browns waived Meadors to make room for the signing of receiver Daylen Baldwin.Giants rookie safety Dane Belton broke his collarbone on Monday, leaving the team shorthanded at the position. Belton, a fourth-round choice, is expected to miss at least the [more]

Cooper Kupp on Justin Jefferson calling himself a better receiver: I respectfully disagree

Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson recently said that Davante Adams is the best receiver in the NFL, but that Jefferson himself will be No. 1 after this season, and that he believes he is already a better receiver than Cooper Kupp.Kupp, the Rams receiver who led the NFL in receiving yards last year, was asked [more]

Report: Cowboys signing Anthony Barr

The Cowboys have flirted with Anthony Barr for weeks. They now are committing.Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that the Cowboys have agreed to terms with the linebacker. The Broncos also showed interest.Barr spent his first eight seasons with the Vikings after they made him the ninth overall choice in 2014. He started 98 games, [more]

Saints signing Chris Herndon

The Saints are adding some depth to their tight ends room.New Orleans is signing Chris Herndon, according to multiple reports.Herndon spent 2021 with the Vikings after playing the first three seasons of his career with the Jets. He appeared in 16 games with five starts, but he made only four receptions for 40 yards with [more]

Irv Smith underwent thumb surgery today

Vikings tight end Irv Smith left practice Monday and later returned but did not participate the rest of the afternoon. Now, we know why.Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell announced Smith underwent surgery on his thumb Tuesday. The team, though, is not ruling out Smith’s return for the start of the season.Smith is 11 months removed [more]

Commanders sign veteran tackle Rashod Hill

Tackle Rashod Hill spent six seasons with the Vikings. He’s now getting a shot to make the team in Washington.Agent Brett Tessler announced on Twitter that Hill has signed with the Commanders.Hill appeared in 74 games with 22 starts during his time with the Vikings.Initially signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in [more]

Bengals hire Adam Zimmer as offensive analyst

The Bengals have brought back a former assistant for their current coaching staff.Per Field Yates of ESPN, former Vikings co-defensive coordinator Adam Zimmer is working for Cincinnati as an offensive analyst.Zimmer is former Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer’s son. He worked under his father with the Bengals in 2013 as an assistant defensive backs coach [more]

Kirk Cousins “not too concerned” with Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s comments

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins signed a one-year extension with the team in March, but General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah didn’t sound totally convinced that was the right decision in a recent interview.Adofo-Mensah told Jori Epstein of USA Today that the “one asset where you get nervous about not burning it down is quarterback” and called Cousins a [more]

Mike Zimmer “wanted to go” after getting shoved by Kirk Cousins

There’s been plenty of talk in recent days about the fact that former Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn’t like current Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.Earlier this week, the play-by-play voice of the Vikings, Paul Allen, offered some insight as to an October incident that resulted in coach and quarterback pushing and shoving each other during a [more]

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