NFC Notes: Giants, Packers, Vikings

     

Giants

Regarding players the Giants could possibly trade by Week 8’s deadline, Ralph Vacchiano spoke to sources around the NFL source regarding some Giants’ players to watch as possible trade candidates including CB Janoris Jenkins, LB Alec Ogletree, LT Nate Solder, and QB Eli Manning.

“They had their firesale last year, so I don’t know what they really have left,” a source tells Vacchiano. “But they have a few guys that might be worth a call.”

One NFL scout mentioned that Jenkins could draw interest due to the passing culture of the NFL. 

“But he’s still good,” the scout said. “And in this pass-happy league, everyone needs cornerbacks.”

Regarding Ogletree, a scout believes the linebacker does not have a lot of value due to the Giants overpaying him. 

He’s not what he used to be, and the Giants overpaid to get him,” one scout said. “There wouldn’t be much value there.”

Although the Giants would have a difficult time unloading Solder’s contract due to his guaranteed salary, one scout believes he could still gain interest from a team in need. 

“He’s not that big-money player anymore. Then again, everyone needs offensive line help,” the scout said.

Packers

  • The Packers officially upgraded WR Geronimo Allison (concussion/chest) from doubtful to questionable for Week 7. 

Vikings

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes admitted that he “could be batter at times” but his focus is simply on winning games at this point. 

I could be better at times,” said Rhodes, via , via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “I’m in a stage, I’m in a point of my life where I’m just out there playing football with my fellows. I’m not worried about my stats anymore. Right now, I’m just worrying about winning ballgames.” 

Regarding Vikings HC Mike Zimmer not playing him against No. 1 receivers, Rhodes said he does not take it personally. 

I don’t take it personal. I go out there and do my job, and that’s cover the guy in front of me. That’s it,” via Tomasson.

  • Vikings K Dan Bailey said of his decision to restructure his contract and take a pay cut: “My mentality is I want to be playing this game as long as I can. I don’t want to squeeze myself because of money. I don’t think that’s a good strategy as far as what my goals are,”(Chris Tomasson)

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