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Minnesota Vikings: What to take away from an undefeated preseason

After their strong showing against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings finished the preseason 4-0, the seventh time the Vikings have gone undefeated in the preseason during their 54 year history. This preseason has illuminated some surprises, both good and bad, but has shown us what to expect out of the Vikings in the 2014 season. Everson Griffen is the real deal...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings camp preview: defensive line

The defensive line was pretty below average last season, with just Brian Robison and Everson Griffin playing well enough for positive grades by Pro Football Focus. The line was poor against the pass and miserable against the run. Enter new head coach Mike Zimmer, who had excelled with the Cincinnati Bengals. Zimmer was especially good at wringing every last bit of productivity out...
Via cover32 - Vikings
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

New DT Tom Johnson lives a football odyssey

He met Jon Bon Jovi. He got to be a European tourist. So, all in all, there have been positives in Tom Johnson's odyssey. Of all the players on the Vikings, perhaps none has faced a more difficult road to the NFL than Johnson, a defensive tackle. Over the past dozen years, Johnson's journey has included playing at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Southern Mississippi...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints currently eligible for a 2015 compensatory draft pick

Free agency is still a long ways away from over, but it’s worth noting that as things stand currently the Saints would possibly be in line for a compensatory draft pick. A complex review process that tallies all the NFL free agents gained and lost by each team would ultimately determine if and which round the Saints would earn that pick in. The NFL doles out 32 compensatory picks...
Via The Saints Nation
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings sign free-agent DE Wootton

The Minnesota Vikings aren'€™t slowing down in their attempt to overhaul the league'€™s second-worst defense from last year and give new coach Mike Zimmer pieces for his unit. Hours after Minnesota officially announced signing defensive tackle Tom Johnson from the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings apparently added more depth to the defensive line. Former Chicago Bears defensive...
Via Fox Sports North
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings agree to terms with free-agent DE Wootton

The Minnesota Vikings aren'€™t slowing down in their attempt to overhaul the league'€™s second-worst defense from last year and give new coach Mike Zimmer pieces for his unit. Hours after Minnesota officially announced signing defensive tackle Tom Johnson from the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings apparently added more depth to the defensive line. Former Chicago Bears defensive...
Via Fox Sports North
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings sign former Saints defensive tackle Tom Johnson

Former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Tom Johnson is at the Minnesota Vikings’ team facility in Eden Prairie, Minn., for a physical today, and will sign a one-year, $845,000 deal that could pay him up to another $600,000 in incentives, according to a league source. Johnson, who played defensive end in the Saints’ 3-4 scheme, had interest from the Cowboys, […] The...
Via NFL Draft Diamonds
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings agree to terms with free-agent DL Tom Johnson

General manager Rick Spielman said the Minnesota Vikings weren't done after a busy opening week of free agency. Minnesota made its first move of the second week on Thursday, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $845,000 contract with free-agent defensive lineman Tom Johnson, a source told FOXSportsNorth.com. Johnson, 29, played in 40 games the past three seasons as a reserve lineman...
Via Fox Sports North
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings continue to work DL, sign Tom Johnson

The Vikings added another rotational piece to their defensive line when they agreed to terms with Tom Johnson.
Via min.scout.com
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Vikings Sign DT Tom Johnson

  According to Tom Pelissero, the Minnesota Vikings have signed former Saints DT Tom Johnson to a one-year contract. Pelissero adds that Johnson will receive a one-year contract worth $845,000. This move comes a day after the Vikings lost out on DT Henry Melton who wound up signing with the Cowboys. Johnson, 29, signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Southern...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Vikings Signing of Tom Johnson

Career Stats: 3 Years in league | 45 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 FF No this isn’t one of the most exciting signings by the Vikings… it is strictly a depth move at a position the Vikings still needed some beef. After missing out on Melton (signed with Cowboys) and no progress made on bringing Kevin Williams back the Vikings got a decent deal on an average lineman who has proven to add...
Via DraftSeason
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Saints Will Not Re-Sign DE Kenyon Coleman

Katherine Terrell of The Times-Picayune reports that a league source has informed her that the Saints do not have plans to re-sign defensive end Kenyon Coleman. This comes just a day after Tom Pelissero reported that the Saints are not tendering restricted free agent DT Tom Johnson. Coleman, 34, signed a one-year deal with the Saints last March after playing his previous...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Saints Will Not Tender Restricted Free Agent DT Tom Johnson

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the New Orleans Saints have elected to pass on offering restricted free agent DT Tom Johnson a tender and will now become an unrestricted free agent. Johnson, 29, signed with the Colts out of college as an undrafted free agent back in 2006. He later signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL before joining the Saints in 2011. In three...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints scratch Johnson, Bucs deactivate Barron

The New Orleans Saints have scratched reserve defensive lineman Tom Johnson and reserve safety Isa Abdul-Quddus for Sunday's regular-season finale against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have deactivated safety Mark Barron, as well as linebackers Dekoda Watson and Ka'Lial Glaud, all listed as questionable on Friday. Barron had a hamstring injury, while Watson had a groin strain...
Via AP on Fox
December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: 2013 Week 7 NFL Power Rankings (#3)

Last week: 3 (+0) Record: 5-1 The Saints are no longer undefeated, but they lost in a game that was literally as close as could be and on to the road to another top-5 team. They should still finish with 12 or 13 wins and be this year’s team to goes from out of the playoffs to a first round bye. Because of the nature of the two team’s home field advantage, whether or not they...
Via The Football Fan Spot
October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Actives, Inactives and Weather Monday Night Week 4

FFLockerRoom will be giving you a smorgasbord of NFL actives, inactives and weather each and every week leading up to game time during the NFL season. Used correctly, this tool will give you a major advantage over your competition in your fantasy football league(s). Now let’s get into the Fantasy Football Actives, Inactives and Weather Monday Night Week 4  brought to you by FFLockerRoom...
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September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Saints Will Have Luxury of a Rotation on Defensive Line Against the Cardinals

The Saints carry seven defensive linemen on their 53 man roster and last week the snaps went almost entirely to three players: Akiem Hicks, John Jenkins and Cam Jordan. That wasn't by design, mind you, because when Tom Johnson went down early in the first quarter, that made him the fourth injured lineman out of seven on the roster. Missing time along with Johnson are Brodrick...
Via The Saints Nation
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Five Things to Look for with Raiders at Saints

Preseason, game 2, happening tonight in the Superdome as the Saints host the Raiders. This will should be interesting as former LSU star Matt Flynn will lead what appears to be another sub standard Raiders team. The Saints are incredibly banged up at the moment so lots of backups will get significant reps and opportunity to showcase what they can do. For those healthy this is a great...
Via The Saints Nation
August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints' Hicks won't take starting role for granted

Hardly two years removed from playing college football on a 12-man defense in western Canada, Akiem Hicks is primed to emerge as a full-time starter on an NFL defensive line. Just don't tell him that, because he won't even admit to being encouraged by the fact that he played with the starting unit in the New Orleans Saints' preseason opener and is regularly practicing...
Via Fox Sports
August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Training Camp Position Battle Preview - Defensive Ends

Who plays end, who plays outside linebacker, and who plays nose isn't going to be exact science at the moment with the team's switch to a 3-4. The Saints have some "tweeners" on their roster that could fit at multiple positions, which makes this exercise challenging. I'll rope the guys at the positions I think they likely stick (ie Will Smith at OLB) though...
Via The Saints Nation
July 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Mini Camp Updates

The Saints made mini camp available for the fans and media to witness today so there's finally some updates to share. Here's some information I gathered from numerous sources on twitter, most notably Larry Holder of the Times Picayune. Most notable is how good Jimmy Graham looks and everyone was very quick to point that out. Obviously things will change drastically once...
Via The Saints Nation
June 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Saints tackle blasts Payton ban

Saints defensive tackle Tom Johnson launched a passionate defense of Sean Payton, describing the head coach's league-imposed yearlong ban for his part in the bounty program scandal as "not right." "We knew there would be some type [of punishment], but not this," Johnson told the Sun Herald. The Super Bowl-winning coach was suspended by the NFL for the entire...
Via Fox Sports
March 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Matchup: Falcons’ offensive line vs. Saints’ defensive line

New Orleans Saints Tom Johnson tackles Atlanta Falcons Michael Turner for a short gain during 1st half action. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.comFLOWERY BRANCH — With the NFC South title on the line, the Falcons (9-5) face the New Orleans Saints (11-3) Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Here is a look at how the Falcons’ offensive line matches up against the Saints...
Via ajc.com
December 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Defensive and Special Teams' Player Grades @ Titans

The defense for the second week in a row gave up 17 points, which was good enough for a win, but made us somewhat uncomfortable in the process. This week of particular note was a very clear gameplan to contain Chris Johnson. Mission accomplished in that department as he finished with just 11 carries for 23 yards. The Saints' secondary continues to get gashed, though, and this...
Via The Saints Nation
December 13, 2011  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: Defensive and Special Teams' Player Grades vs. Lions

One would assume a strong performance if you went into the Lions matchup knowing the Saints' defense would give up 17 points. Sadly the defense was largely atrocious. I will commend the Saints for carrying out the defensive gameplan. Perhaps you can't really blame the players for staying true to that gameplan. It was simple: stop the run and double team Calvin Johnson...
Via The Saints Nation
December 06, 2011  |  Discuss
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