Quarterbacks are breaking records left and right in the pass-happy NFL, but that makes high-caliber running backs all the more valuable. Many of last season’s top performers appear on this list, but keep in mind there’s usually a major bust or two, likely due to the heavy workload of the position causing a hangover effect.
It’s a poorly-kept secret that the Seattle Seahawks don’t mind taking a penalty flag or two for pass interference or defensive holding in exchange for five or six no-calls on borderline plays. Supposedly, the NFL will be cracking down on physical play in the defensive backfield. If true-and that’s a big if-it could mean even bigger numbers for the quarterbacks.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been fielding trade proposals for star forward Kevin Love all week. All that talk has overshadowed the fact that they have the 13th pick in the first round of the NBA draft and three more in the second round on Thursday night. Whether the Wolves trade Love on or before draft night, they are likely to hold on to their first pick because they believe they will be able to find a solid rotation player at that spot.
Three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love could hear his name called on draft night — again. The Minnesota Timberwolves big man headlines a list of veteran NBA players who could have a major influence on how Thursday night’s draft unfolds.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed wide receiver Josh Cooper. The move was made Friday. To make room for Cooper on the roster, wide receiver Lestar Jean was waived. Cooper spent the last two years with Cleveland after signing with the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State.
No such luck for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA draft lottery. Again. The Timberwolves received the 13th pick in the lottery on Tuesday night, which is exactly where they were slotted heading into the annual drawing. The Timberwolves have never improved their draft position in franchise history.
One simple statistic has essentially driven an entire offseason strategy for the Minnesota Vikings. After watching the Vikings allow more points than any other team in the NFL last year, general manager Rick Spielman engineered an exhaustive improvement project to improve his defense. “We’re going to create some great competition for our football team,” Spielman said on Saturday night after the conclusion of the NFL draft.
he Minnesota Vikings spent the weekend at the NFL scouting combine poring over quarterbacks, as thoroughly as any other team in the league. They’re among the frustrated few — well, there’s more than a few clubs without a quarterback solution — who badly need this draft to produce a long-term answer at the most important position.
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The Minnesota Wild are sending forward Devin Setoguchi to the Winnipeg Jets for a second-round pick in next year’s draft.
As he prepares to make the jump from college to the pros, Shabazz Muhammad has told his famously involved father to take a seat on the bench. Muhammad was introduced at a news conference Friday, one day after the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired him with the 14th overall draft pick.
Ryan Boldt has all the tools — a strong arm, a good bat, and great speed. The only thing missing from his resume is his senior season. That was lost to injury, and maybe his draft status was as well.
One Minnesota baseball player to keep an eye on during this week’s draft is Mounds View senior Max Knutson. He’s already secured a scholarship to Nebraska, but could be tempted to turn pro with the right offer.
For a draft that has widely been panned as lacking star power at the top, the one strength of the 2013 class appears to be at shooting guard. From Kansas sharpshooter Ben McLemore, who could go No. 1, to Ricky Ledo, who is trying to convince executives to take a chance on him after academic issues kept him from playing at Providence last year, the draft is full of scoring guards with size and the ability to play at both ends.
The hockey world is once again coming together to celebrate former high school player Jack Jablonski. Tuesday night, the Chicago Steel, one of the top junior hockey teams in the country, drafted the former Benilde-St. Margaret’s player.