Welcome to the second edition of a new feature on BritViewNFL designed to bring you the latest headlines from the United States alongside opinions from yours truly.
The Morning Time Out is a bite-sized look at what is going on in the NFL. So put the kettle on, grab a couple of your favourite biscuits and enjoy!
Peterson unlikely to face further NFL suspension
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is “highly unlikely” to face further punishment from the NFL after he comes off the league’s exempt list. Peterson met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday and wanted to “weigh in on why he believes he should not be suspended, why he should not face additional penalty when he comes off this list.” With the road to a return to the field apparently clear, now it comes down to whether the troubled runner will play for the Minnesota Vikings or not.
“Peterson used to be the one player I loved to watch in the NFL each Sunday. Everyone deserves a second chance, I get that, but it doesn’t mean I have to like him being on the field this coming season. Given the charges he faced and, in my opinion, the lack of remorse he showed, it would not bother me if he never took another hand-off in his career. He will be playing somewhere and scoring touchdowns on Sundays come September – but I won’t be cheering his return.”
Fowler exudes confidence
Florida outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. has declared himself as the best player available in the upcoming NFL Draft and he certainly boasts the confidence needed to play in the NFL. Fowler shone at Florida’s Pro Day, backing up an excellent NFL Combine in Indianapolis and has admitted he would be “stunned” if the Jaguars didn’t pick him at number three.
“I like the look of Fowler – a lot. He is very confident and he runs the 40-yard dash faster than Khalil Mack, despite being 10 pounds heavier. His strength lies in his pass-rushing skills but also in his versatility. At Florida, he played right defensive end, left defensive end, outside linebacker and even served as an occasional defensive tackle! He will be a wonderful chess piece for Gus Bradley and I think Jacksonville would do well taking him with the third overall selection.”
Chargers picking up fifth-year option on Melvin Ingram
The San Diego Chargers are not about to give up on pass-rushing outside linebacker Melvin Ingram and have picked up the fifth-year option on his contract. Ingram has played in just 13 games over the past two seasons due to a variety of injuries.
“When healthy, Ingram has shown flashes of being a difference-making pass-rusher on the edge. Unfortunately, those moments have been all too few and far between. There are no guarantees with picking up a fifth year option so this makes sense in terms of securing the services of the player, but the Chargers have to be wondering if Ingram has the body to stand up to the wear and tear of the NFL.”
Thinking out loud…
The pressure is now on the Detroit Lions’ front office as they have five days to match the offer sheet defensive end George Johnson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Johnson may not be a household name but he came on strong in 2014 and recorded 6 sacks with the Lions. The hope was that he would further that total in 2015. This could be a big moment for a Lions defense that has already lost such influential linemen as Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Losing the emerging Johnson to free agency would be an additional blow to that side of the ball in Detroit.