Rothstein still anticipates Joique Bell being the team’s lead running back at the start of the season, even after they used a second-round pick on Ameer Abdullah.
ESPN’s David Newton doesn’t rule out the possibility that 2015 could be Panthers DC Sean McDermott‘s final year in Carolina, as he could end up being a coaching candidate in 2016.
According to Newton, Panthers CB Josh Norman is “on the verge of becoming a top 10 corner — if he’s not already.“
Newton doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of first-round pick Shaq Thompson seeing time at either running back or safety at some point, but the Panthers have stressed that they view him as a linebacker.
The plan for Carolina is, of course, to have Thompson eventually replace Thomas Davis at outside linebacker.
Panthers HCRon Rivera has said that rookie RB Cameron Artis-Payne can handle the full load if something were to happen to starting RB Jonathan Stewart.
Goessling believes FB Zach Line has a “decent chance” of securing a roster spot this summer, but he’ll likely need to convince the team to part with a tight end to secure a job.
Goessling mentions that he’ll be keeping an eye on the Vikings’ right guard job in training camp, as there some obvious questions that need to be answered by rookie T.J. Clemmings, Joe BergerandDavid Yankey.
In regards to the Vikings possibly adding some guaranteed money to RB Adrian Peterson‘s contract at some point, Goessling mentions that Minnesota probably prefer to see him on the field before broaching the subject.
However, Goessling gets the feeling that the Vikings would like to have Peterson on their roster beyond the 2015 season, which means it’s certainly possible that they could work something out.
Goessling suggests the Vikings guaranteeing $6 million of Peterson’s base salary for the 2016 as a reasonable compromise.