NFL Camp Roundup: Vikings' Bridgewater playing at 'high level'

NFL Camp Roundup: Vikings' Bridgewater playing at 'high level'
August 5, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Scott Krinch

Along with comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Bears training camp in Bourbonnais, CSNChicago.com will bring you daily "around the NFL" updates throughout the duration of camp.

NFC

  • The Minnesota Vikings released their first depth chart on Tuesday with veteran quarterback Matt Cassel listed as the starter. However, offensive coordinator Norv Turner continued to praise rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. "We need to play Teddy with the first line, Turner told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "We're trying to find out where he's at in terms of what he can do. I think he's playing at an awfully high level." The Vikings host the Oakland Raiders Friday night in their first preseason game at TCF Bank Stadium. 
  • The Green Bay Packers have lost another player to a season-ending knee injury. According to Weston Hodkiewicz of Press-Gazette Media, offensive tackle Don Barclay suffered a torn ACL in training camp on Tuesday. Barclay started 14 games at right tackle for the Packers last season in place of injured offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. With Bulaga's return, Barclay was expected to be a backup at right tackle and both guard positions. Barclay has played in 30 games since joining the Pacers as an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia.
  • Ex-Bears defensive end Israel Idonije has found another home in the NFL. The New York Giants announced the signing of Idonije on Tuesday night. The 33-year-old Idonije returned to Chicago on a one-year deal earlier this offseason, but was released in June. Last year Idonije played in 15 games with the Detroit Lions and recorded seven tackles. In 149 regular-season game, Idonije has registered 258 tackles, 29 sacks, 15 passes defended, six forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and 24 special teams tackles.

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AFC

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer and legendary Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown has a message for Josh Gordon. “It’s about two levels: We hope he can get his life together in the right way and as a football player we hope like hell he can play [again]," Brown told Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It’s definitely No. 1 first. As a human being, he’s got to get his life together.” Gordon, who is facing a season-long suspension after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy earlier this offseason, has been practicing with the team and is expected to play in Saturday's preseason tilt against the Detroit Lions. 
  • After signing quarterback Andy Dalton to a long-term extension on Monday afternoon, the Cincinnati Bengals shifted their attention to Dalton's go-to wide receiver. According to SI's Peter King, head coach Marvin Lewis texted A.J. Green after the team locked up Dalton to have Green's agents get contract talks moving. Green, who is under contract with the Bengals for two more seasons, will make $3 million in 2014 and $10.1 million in 2015. Over three NFL seasons, Green has notched 260 receptions, 3,833 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns.

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