NFC Notes: Cowboys, Lions & Vikings



  • Todd Archer doesn’t see WR Brice Butler winning the No. 2 receiver job, especially after WRs coach Derek Dooley talked up Terrance Williams this week.
  • Archer doesn’t think the Cowboys will lock up Williams to an extension right now, considering commitments they have made elsewhere on offense.
  • In the end, Archer expects Williams to open the year as the Cowboys’ No. 2 receiver and eventually land a decent contract from someone.
  • While there has been some talk of the Cowboys potentially trading OL Ronald Leary and RBs Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris, Archer can’t see a deal happening until later in training camp.
  • Archer adds that Dallas will want a quality pick in return for Leary, and may prefer to wait for a compensatory pick in 2018 than settle for a fifth- or sixth-rounder now.
  • As for McFadden and Morris, Archer seems to think Morris’ job is safer, considering that the Cowboys signed him a few months ago.


  • Michael Rothstein of ESPN mentions that second-round DL A’Shawn Robinson has looked good in OTAs and has seen some time with the first-team defense.
  • Rothstein believes Zach Zenner has the early edge over Stevan Ridley for the between-the-tackles running back job, due in large part to the fact that Ridley has sat out of OTAs for the most part.
  • According to Rothstein, it’s still possible that Dwayne Washington could work his way into the discussion.
  • Rothstein writes that Quandre Diggs appears to be the Lions’ long-term answer at the slot.


  • Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said this week that the safety competition remains wide open for the job next to Harrison Smith.
  • Ben Goessling expects the job to be decided in training camp, and could see veteran Michael Griffin winning the job if he performs well this summer.
  • Goessling writes that Emmanuel Lamur is the favorite among the players currently on the roster to take over for veteran Chad Greenway at weak-side linebacker. According to
  • Goessling, it’s possible Lamur could beat out Greenway for the job this year, which could result in Greenway seeing some time in sub packages.
  • While Goessling isn’t ruling out Taylor Heinicke beating out veteran Shaun Hill for the backup quarterback job, he still expects Hill to be their No. 2 option to open the year.
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