By Marc Lawrence – Minnesota slayed the draft with 15 overall selections. And it all started when they traded away star WR Stefon Diggs. The position group he departed wasn’t nearly strong enough to cope with that loss without reinforcements. WR Justin Jefferson to the Vikings was one of the most common player-team matchups on the Pro Football Focus Draft projection board all through the pre-draft process, and it was a combination that made a lot of sense. Jefferson has the size (6-foot-2, 192 pounds) and route-running savvy to be successful from day one. He brings experience playing both outside and inside in the slot, exactly as Diggs did … That being said, Zimmer’s corners are always sound tacklers. That, and blitzing, were two things TCU CB Jeff Gladney did well at TCU … however, offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland of Boise State was indeed the steal of the draft in the 2nd round for the Vikes. … They then wrapped things up with no less than 11 selections on Day 3 … For more on the Vikings draft and a composite review of their grade from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said yesterday that the league plans to test players on a daily basis for covid-19 if the games resume. “We will have a rigorous daily testing protocol where players are tested every evening and those results are obtained before they would leave their hotel rooms the next morning, so we’ll know if we have a positive test and whether the player has to self-quarantine himself as a result of that positive test,” Daly said. “It’s expensive, but we think it’s really a foundational element of what we’re trying to accomplish.” Each test costs approximately $125, the league says, and commissioner Gary Bettman estimated 25,000-35,000 will be needed to get through the playoffs – a price tag, he concedes, of millions of dollars. A small price to get the game back on ice, we’d say. To that we ask, where are you, MLB and NBA?
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2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine exclusive report:: Having the league’s MVP behind center never hurts, especially one who set an NFL single-season rushing record for a quarterback last season when Lamar Jackson’s 1,206 yards surpassed Michael Vick’s previous record. Nor does it hurt that the Ravens will face the weakest Strength Of Schedule in 2020 based on opponent’s regular season win-loss record last season .438 (112-144). Making things even comfier, Baltimore will travel just 6,310 miles to road games in 2020, the fewest by any team in the NFL in the past four seasons. Toss in Lamar Jackson’s 19-3 mark as a starter during the regular season and you can understand why Ravens fans want the games to begin ASAP.