In March Youth Tyeler Davison Jersey , free agent running back Darren Sproles said he would decide in May whether to play this season or retire. May is almost over, and no decision seems to be imminent.Instead, it appears that Sproles will take his time and see whether the right offer comes from the right team, even if that offer doesn’t come until June, July or August. Adam Schefter said on 97.5 The Fanatic that Sproles would ideally play somewhere he’s played before.“I think he’d like to go back to one of the teams he’s played for in the past, the Eagles, the Saints, or the Chargers,” Schefter said. “I think at the appropriate time when a team comes calling, he will be willing to listen to what they have to say. Right now, it’s not like he thinks, ‘I got to be at OTAs in Philadelphia or OTAs in New Orleans’ . . . if somebody wants him at the appropriate time, I think he’ll be enticed to wind up playing.”Sproles will turn 36 on June 20 and will be the second-oldest running back in the NFL this year, behind only Frank Gore, if he plays. Sproles hasn’t stayed as healthy as Gore, managing to play in just nine games over the last two seasons. But there will still be teams interested in his services, if he decides he wants to come back. MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings screamed at Stefon Diggs to step out of bounds once he secured the leaping catch at the sideline, seeking to stop the clock for a long field goal try just after the New Orleans Saints had taken a late lead in their NFC divisional-round playoff game last season.Diggs spun around instead, pressed his hand on the turf to keep his balance and sprinted the remaining 34 yards for the game-ending 61-yard touchdown pass that became known as the Minneapolis Miracle.More Vikings coveragePhotos of the Week: 7/21/19 – 7/27/19Rookie Bradbury is central figure to Vikings’ overhauled offensive lineVikings depth at cornerback being tested, Hughes still not clearedPlayers to watch at Minnesota Vikings 2019 training campTop Tweets: Vikings WR Diggs makes push for All-NFL Style TeamThat throw-catch-run will forever be one of the most memorable plays in NFL history.With the Saints set to visit the Vikings on Sunday night in a prime-time reprise of their instant classic, the coaches and players on both sides were trying their best to forget it — as inevitable as the replays have been throughout the week.“We’ll just have to deal with watching that last play again another 15 times, another 20 times, but that’s part of it,” said Saints coach Sean Payton, who sounded more disturbed by a failure by his offense to convert a third-and-1 on the previous drive that would have further limited the time the Vikings had to rally.If Saints safety Marcus Williams had tackled Diggs instead of trying an ill-fated undercut Tyeler Davison Jersey Stitched , the story of that game would have been about yet another comeback engineered by Drew Brees.“We did everything we could at the end of that game to go win it, and unfortunately they made a great play that allowed them to win it,” Brees said. “So I let it go pretty quick. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.”Though he remains a promising second-year player, Williams has had a hard time handling his infamy.“It’s another game,” he repeated each time the subject was broached by reporters this week.Even Diggs ducked the media this week. As for the revenge factor? The Saints dismissed that as fast as Diggs raced to the end zone that day. The Vikings did, too.“I think the Saints will come in with a chip on their shoulder because that’s who they are,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.Here are some other key angles to follow for the game:BRILLIANT BREESAt age 39, Brees has completed better than 77 percent of his passes this season for 1,870 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. In beating the Baltimore Ravens last week, Brees became the fourth player in NFL history with 500 or more career touchdown passes.The Vikings might be without top cornerback Xavier Rhodes, which could mean a big test for rookie Holton Hill.“I’m really not worried about this guy as far as the game being too big for him or anything like that if he has to play,” Zimmer said of Hill. “I feel like he’s a competitor. But he’s going to get in some matchups that may not be great.”10<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Top Tweets: Vikings' Thielen sports 'Waterboy' inspired cleatsTHE BASICSWith the whiff by Williams at the worst possible time as a prime example, there’s no defensive skill more vital than tackling. The Vikings have been burned more than usual this season in pass coverage, but they’ve been sound on the ground with an average of 89.7 rushing yards allowed per game. With cornerback Trae Waynes, safety Harrison Smith and linebacker Eric Kendricks among the standouts, the Vikings have some of the surest tacklers in the league.“In today’s NFL, the way everybody’s playing in space now, if you’re not a good tackler in space it makes it really hard to be a good defensive team,” Zimmer said.GOING FOR ITThe Saints have run a fourth-down offensive play eight times in six games, converting seven.“That gives us confidence when you’ve got a coach that believes in his players,” running back Alvin Kamara said. “It’s cool to have that type of coach where he gives us opportunities to prove ourselves.”The Vikings have stopped four of the seven fourth-down plays against them. During their current three-game winning streak, they’ve thwarted 28 of 32 third downs and reclaimed the top spot in the league with a 23.4 percent conversion rate allowed.7<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Upon Further Review: Vikings at JetsNoah K. Murray | USA TODAY SportsHILL’S ASCENTLast season, the Saints began to experiment with third-string quarterback Taysom Hill‘s versatility by letting him cover kicks. This year, he has on several short-yardage occasions replaced Brees under center as a change-of-pace Youth Craig Robertson Jersey , read-option quarterback. Hill also has executed fake punts as a runner and a thrower, caught a pass and even took his first pitch as a running back last week.“He’s powerful. He’s got speed,” Kamara said. “I love having him. I wouldn’t want him to be nowhere else.”TEDDY TALKBetween Brees and Hill on the depth chart is Teddy Bridgewater, who was acquired in a trade with the New York Jets two months ago. Though he’s not likely to see the field, this will be Bridgewater’s first visit to Minnesota as an opponent after playing his first four seasons for the Vikings.“He’s got a lot of really good traits. You can tell he’s a guy that guys really like and will follow, and that’s what you need at the quarterback position,” Brees said.If Bridgewater had not suffered that devastating knee injury in 2016, he’d probably still be the face of the franchise in Minnesota instead of Kirk Cousins.“Like I’ve said a million times, I thought he’d be the quarterback for the rest of my career,” Zimmer said. “I love the kid. I love his nature, competitiveness, everything about him.”12<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:PHOTOS: Vikings at JetsBrad Penner-USA TODAY Sports | Brad Penner—VIKINGS-SAINTS CAPSULESunday, 8:20 p.m. EDT, NBCOPENING LINE — Vikings by 2RECORD VS. SPREAD — New Orleans 4-2, Minnesota 4-2-1SERIES RECORD — Vikings lead 22-11LAST MEETING — Vikings beat Saints 29-24 in NFC divisional playoff game, Jan. 14, 2018LAST WEEK — Saints beat Ravens 24-23; Vikings beat Jets 37-17AP PRO32 RANKING — Saints No. 4, Vikings No. 5SAINTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (16), PASS (6).SAINTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (1), PASS (28).VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (27), PASS (7).VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (5) Craig Robertson Jersey Stitched , PASS (16).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Vikings have 14-3 all-time record in Minnesota against Saints, including win in playoffs last season on last-second 61-yard TD reception by Stefon Diggs. Vikings also beat Saints 29-19 in 2017 opener. … Saints QB Drew Brees became fourth player in NFL history last week in win at Baltimore with 500 career TD passes, joining Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady. … In last four games against Vikings, Brees has nine TDs, no interceptions, average of 308 passing yards and 120.7 passer rating. … Brees leads league with 77.3 completion percentage and 121.6 passer rating, with no interceptions and 13 TDs in 220 attempts. … Saints RB Alvin Kamara is one of two players in league, next to Giants RB Saquon Barkley, with at least 350 rushing and receiving yards. … Saints WR Michael Thomas, who had two TD catches against Vikings in playoffs last season, is third in league with 53 receptions. He leads NFL in catch percentage (91.4). … CB Eli Apple, acquired in trade with Giants, joins struggling pass coverage that has allowed 13 TDs with only two interceptions. … Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has seven TDs and no interceptions with average of 323 passing yards in two career games against Saints, both with Washington. … Cousins is fifth in league with 70.0 completion percentage. … Vikings WR Adam Thielen leads NFL with 67 catches, on pace to break Marvin Harrison’s all-time record, and 822 receiving yards. With 100-yard game against Saints, Thielen would tie Calvin Johnson with league record eighth straight. … Diggs has 13 catches, 230 yards and three TDs in two career games against Saints. … Vikings DE Danielle Hunter tied with Rams DT Aaron Donald for league lead with eight sacks. … Fantasy tip: Since returning from suspension, Saints RB Mark Ingram has 28 rushing attempts and five passing targets. Kamara has 23 rushing attempts and five passing targets in those two games.
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