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NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Panthers, & Vikings
- ESPN’s Michael Rothstein mentions that the Lions are expecting former second-round pick Kyle Van Noy to win the SAM linebacker job this summer over Tahir Whitehead.
- Even though the Lions are hoping for Van Noy to win the starting job, Rothstein believes Detroit would probably start Whitehead right now.
- According to Rothstein, Caraun Reid could very well end up being the starting defensive tackle next to veteran Haloti Ngata.
- Lions C Tarvis Swanson will have a great deal of expectations to win the starting center job after Detroit elected to not re-sign Dominic Raiola.
- The Lions are likely to have Jeremy Ross, rookie RB Ameer Abdullah, and possibly WR Golden Tate among others competing to be the team’s kick returner.
- David Newton expects Ted Ginn‘s biggest value to the Panthers in 2015 to be as a kick returner, as opposed to playing a large role as a receiver.
Newton writes that Jonathan Stewart will be the team’s starting running back with fifth-round pick Cameron Artis-Payne likely backing him up.
- Beyond those two, Newton expects Fozzy Whittaker and undrafted rookie Brandon Wegher to battle it out for the No. 3 job.
This means RB Darrin Reaves could be the odd man out this summer.
- Ben Goessling mentions that the Vikings have indicated they plan to use Captain Munnerlyn as a nickel cornerback in 2015.
- In the event Matt Kalil struggles again in 2015, Goessling suggests Carter Bykowski, Tyrus Thompson, Austin Shepherd and Babatunde Aiyegbusi could get a look at left tackle.
- Minnesota’s decision to line up rookie T.J. Clemmings at right guard wasn’t an accident, according Goessling.
- If the Vikings end up keeping five receivers like they did last year, Goessling can see Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace, Jarius Wright, Cordarrelle Patterson and Stefon Diggs all making the team.
- This would leave WR Adam Thielen on the roster bubble.
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