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We have yet another Teddy Bridgewater update from Minnesota Vikings’ practice on Tuesday for your consumption, and it’s pretty positive news at that.

Close, personal friend of the DN™ Tom Pelissero reported today from Vikings’ camp that he feels there’s more optimism than ever around the team concerning Bridgewater’s return from injury. He talked about that today in his new gig at the NFL Network.
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Bridgewater is reportedly doing all sorts of dropbacks and rollouts and things of that nature, all while not wearing a brace anymore. As we’ve said on numerous occasions, that’s all well and good. . .but the question, as Pelissero says, remains whether or not he can do it in a “live fire” sort of situation where he has to protect himself and still do all the things he needs to do.

The prevailing wisdom is that Bridgewater is still going to start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform List, and that makes sense. . .after all, if he’s not ready to protect himself and play in a preseason game, there’s no reason to think that immediately throwing him out there in the regular season is a good idea.

However, if he starts the season on the PUP, he has to miss the first six games at a minimum. After that, if the Vikings wanted to activate him at that point, they’d have three weeks (one of which would be a bye week) to allow him to practice with the team. . .something that he can’t do while he’s on the PUP. . .and evaluate whether or not to move him to the main roster or shelve him for the entire 2017 season.

In any case, it’s still pretty stunning progress that Bridgewater has made, given that we’re a couple weeks away from the one-year “anniversary” of him getting injured.

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When it comes to learning the finer details of a job, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better mentor than someone who is atop that specific profession. So the fact that Maryland senior wide receiver Jacquille Veii spent as much time as possible learning from former teammate and current Minnesota Vikings star Stefon Diggs over the offseason should come as no surprise. Nor should it be surprising that Veii — who left College Park for Towson two years ago only to return a year later — has remained the overwhelming favorite to start opposite of Hornung Award candidate D.J. Moore at wide receiver through the first 10 days of fall camp.

Diggs, who’s garnered more attention for his route running than any of his individual catches, has been Veii’s go-to instructor since 2014. That’s when Veii moved from running back to backup Diggs. Diggs took him under his wing at the time and Veii even started the final four games in his place after he was sidelined due to injury. Although Veii, who finished with 16 catches for 230 yards, transferred to Towson after the season, the two Montgomery County residents stayed in touch as Diggs went through the NFL Draft process.

“He’s been there for me ever since I got moved to receiver,” said Veii, who attended The Avalon School, where Diggs’ younger brother Trevon later played. “I look up to him.”

Veii views Diggs an extension of Maryland wide receiver coach Chris Beatty. He talks to him almost everyday and sends him “copious amounts of film”. They also worked out together at various points throughout the winter, spring and summer. Veii even flew to Minnesota last December when the Vikings played the Colts. Unfortunately, Diggs gained a season-low 13 yards on two catches in a 34-6 loss that day.
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Diggs, Veii said, has helped him become “meticulous” with his approach as he prepares for his final collegiate season.

“I’ve got a great mentor that I look at like a big brother in Stefon,” he said. “I can’t even begin to describe how he’s upped my level of play just by a technical standpoint and with the X’s and O’s; he’s really smart with the playbook. The game has really slowed down and he’s a big reason why.”

There’s another factor as well. Veii is no longer bouncing between positions. (Even when he was moved to wide receiver in 2014 he was still asked to move back to running back at times.) He’s able to focus on receiver-specific skills such as improving his releases at the line of scrimmage, which is something that’s especially important for smaller players like him (5’9, 188) and Diggs (6’0, 191).

“I would say I’ve changed a lot,” Veii said. “It’s great. I can just focus on all the things that receivers focus on: catching the ball, working on releases, my routes. It makes my workouts easier.

“But at the end of the day, when the ball’s in your hands you’re an athlete, so that part still naturally takes over with the ball in my hand as a running back.”

While many Terps are looking forward to the season-opener against Texas, Veii — who led Towson with 505 receiving yards on 44 receptions in 2015 — will have a chance to go up against his former team the following week at Maryland Stadium. However, he’s choosing to downplay the pending matchup.
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“It is what it is. I’m just excited to be back at Maryland and just excited to go out and play this season with my guys,” he said.

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In the NFL, the safety position isn’t as disrespected as running back in terms of being able to fill the spot with unproven youngsters, but it’s not far behind. Just as slow-footed college offensive tackles are moved inside at the NFL level, college safeties face draft competition from college cornerbacks lacking elite deep speed or big corners that can be heavy-hitting safeties.

Yet, when a safety stands out, he can be as dominant a player on the field. The NFC North has two such corners – Harrison Smith and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Both can make the individual play that changes the momentum of a game and their value is higher among coaches than it is among capologists. If you have a great one, you hold onto him.

The NFC North has varying degrees of safety dominance. It’s a case of the haves and the have-nots, but even the have-nots aren’t that shabby.

Green Bay Packers – Last year, the Packers were fortunate to have Aaron Rodgers leading their offense, because their defense allowed opposing quarterbacks to have a combined passer rating of 95.9 and throw for 32 touchdowns. Much of the problem was due to a skeletonized cornerback corps, because, at the top, they have a pair of difference-makers at safety. Nobody is laughing at Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who has quickly developed into one of the league’s best safeties and will pose the Packers with an interesting contract conundrum if allowed to get into the fifth-year option the Packers picked up in May. He deserves to be paid and the Packers will have to pony up at some point. Veteran Morgan Burnett has been a consistent playmaker and is the quarterback of the secondary – giving Green Bay a potent 1-2 punch that helps make up for deficiencies at other parts of the Packers defense. Beyond them, depth is razor-thin – none of the other five safeties have more than one year of pro experience – but the team used a second-round pick on 6-foot-2, 200-pound Josh Jones out of North Carolina State to develop behind Burnett and Clinton-Dix with the expectation he will provide continuity for when Burnett’s production starts to slide or Clinton-Dix potentially leaves via free agency. Other teams have more depth, but nobody has more talent at the top.

Minnesota Vikings – Harrison Smith is the best safety in the division and has been for two or three years. Before the team locked down other defensive standouts, Xavier Rhodes, Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen, they made sure they locked down Smith before he could get into the free agent/franchise tag discussion. Beyond Smith, however, the Vikings have had a revolving door of players ascending to the other safety spot. Andrew Sendejo is the latest in that process, but the Vikings continue to line up the shark teeth behind him, including Anthony Harris, Jayron Kearse, Antone Exum (who has taken on cornerback work to assure a roster spot) and rookie Jack Tocho. The Vikings have talent at safety beyond Smith, but not a second player that can push Burnett and Clinton-Dix off the top spot … yet.

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Chicago Bears – There was a time not too long ago that division teams hated going up against the Bears safeties because they were ball-hawks with a penchant for making the back-breaking big play. After recording just eight interceptions last year, the Bears looked to overhaul their secondary and they used both the draft and free agency to get the job done. Chicago went to free agency to sign Quintin Demps and used a fourth-round pick to draft Eddie Jackson out of Alabama. When the regular season starts, both of them could be starters. Neither incumbent starter – third-year pros Adrian Amos and Harold Jones-Quartey – has stood out in terms of playmaking ability, but they do provide competition and depth that was sorely lacking last season. If 2016 fourth-round draft picks Deon Bush and Delondre Hall can take the next step, the Bears may have the most quality depth at the position, but the lack of an elite playmaker slots them here behind Green Bay and Minnesota.

Detroit Lions – The Lions were unproductive in pass defense, so you can form your own opinion that they’re returning all their secondary starters from last season. Entering his ninth season, Glover Quin has been a solid player and has been a veteran steadying influence, but he’s been more a tackler than a turnover creator and a decline in production can be expected given his age. Tavon Wilson washed out in New England, but had a decent first season in Detroit. 2016 rookie Miles Killebrew got action as a nickel safety last season and is expected to push for more playing time. Another nine-year veteran – Don Carey – is the primary backup to Quin and he’s lost a step as well.
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There are reasons for all four teams in the division to have high expectations for their safety groups, but what separates great units from good ones and good ones from bad ones are the inclusion of Pro Bowl-quality players. Those that have them have guys who make the game-changing play that can lock down a win. The Packers and Vikings have won more games in recent years with safeties than the Lions and Bears, which is why the rankings at this position tend to correlate with where those teams are projected finish. Coincidence?