All Things 2022 Gophers in NFL Thread


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So Kill also willingly sacrificed wins to maintain his loyalty to Leidner? Is that your thesis?
Kill is as stubborn as a mule and not the brightest bulb on the tree. Willingly or not he clearly screwed all of us by playing Leidner who was the second best quarterback out of Lakeville in his age group; And clearly never Big Ten ready.
 

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Kill is as stubborn as a mule and not the brightest bulb on the tree. Willingly or not he clearly screwed all of us by playing Leidner who was the second best quarterback out of Lakeville in his age group; And clearly never Big Ten ready.

Don't you think some of Leidner's challenges had to do with our lack of talent at WR and also a conservative OC?
 




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What is your definition of a “bad BG10 QB”?
Leidner his entire career and Morgan in ‘20 and ‘21 are perfect examples. Leidner could run a little but could not throw a lick and Morgan can throw a little but couldn’t beat me in the 40 yard dash. I am hopeful we have a couple of kids on the roster now who can or will run and throw at the B10 level and could be legit. The future seems bright.
 

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Don't you think some of Leidner's challenges had to do with our lack of talent at WR and also a conservative OC?

Yes, especially the lack of depth of talent at WR. TE was a problem too after Williams departed. Lingen was good but had chronic health problems. Wozniak was not very good. Leidner had a pretty good junior year but was a big disappointment as a senior.
 


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Leidner his entire career and Morgan in ‘20 and ‘21 are perfect examples. Leidner could run a little but could not throw a lick and Morgan can throw a little but couldn’t beat me in the 40 yard dash. I am hopeful we have a couple of kids on the roster now who can or will run and throw at the B10 level and could be legit. The future seems bright.
How many “good” or even mediocre QBs were in the conference last year by your definition?
 




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TY McGill moved to injured reserve for the Vikings. This should be a good sign for Esezi making the 53.
 


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Professional Gopher Football Player Status - Updated with Tyler Johnson News
On 53-Man Rosters
  • Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
  • De’Vondre Campbell, Green Bay Packers
  • Blake Cashman, Houston Texans
  • Carter Coughlin, New York Giants
  • Daniel Faalele, Baltimore Ravens
  • Boye Mafe, Seattle Seahawks
  • Esezi Otomewo, Minnesota Vikings
  • Benjamin St. Juste, Washington Commanders
  • Maxx Williams, Arizona Cardinals
  • Damien Wilson, Carolina Panthers
  • Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Free Agents
  • Brian Boddy-Calhoun
  • Kamal Martin
  • Ryan Santoso
  • Rodney Smith
  • Chris Williamson
  • Tyler Johnson
To be determined
  • Sam Schlueter
  • Blaise Andries
  • Micah Dew-Treadway
  • Jack Gibbens
  • Ko Kieft
  • Chris Strevler
CFL Players
  • Simoni Lawrence, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Steven Richardson, BC Lions
  • Drew Wolitarsky, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
IFL Players
  • Shannon Brooks, Arizona Rattlers
 



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Ezesi made the Vikes final 53.

Sam Schlueter is on the IR for the 49ers.

Blaise was released and is a free agent. May make a practice squad.

MDT released and may end of practice squad.

Gibbens released and is also a practice squad candidate.

It appears Ko Kieft made the Bucs final 53.

Streveler almost certain to end up on a practice squad.
 

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Dang...


Go Gophers!!

Brady and Johnson never seemed to connect. Johnson always seemed to zig when Brady thought he should zag. Route running was always going to be the differentiator for Johnson and not sure he saw the field the way Brady did.
 



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From Gophers to Vikings, Esezi Otomewo is grateful: ‘I feel at home’​

Not long after the Vikings announced their 53-man roster, and defensive lineman Esezi Otomewo realized he had in fact made the team, he hit up his good friend Boye Mafe.

The dynamic duo used to wreak havoc off the edge as college teammates with the Gophers, which led to Otomewo getting picked up by the Vikings and Mafe getting selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

After impressing in training camp this summer, both Otomewo and Mafe officially can say they are on an NFL active roster with Week 1 right around the corner.

“You should’ve seen the reaction when he called me,” Otomewo said of his conversation with Mafe. “I love that guy.”

It didn’t take Otomewo very long to start to feel comfortable in the NFL. Because he played for the the Gophers, he didn’t even have to pick up and move away to start his professional career when the Vikings drafted him. He made note of that this spring during organized team activities.

“I feel at home,” he said. “I know where everything is at. It’s not a culture shock. That stuff can help a lot.”

That has been evident this summer during training camp at TCO Performance Center in Eagan. After battling through a knee injury, Otomewo has steadily improved his stock with maximum effort in practices and solid play in preseason games.

He’s also learned a lot from veteran defensive linemen Harrison Phillips and Dalvin Tomlinson. They have helped Otomewo with various aspects of being a professional, from showing him how to watch film properly to teaching him certain techniques before and after practice.


Go Gophers!!
 


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Here's where we're at to get the NFL season started:

On 53-Man Rosters
  • Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
  • De’Vondre Campbell, Green Bay Packers
  • Blake Cashman, Houston Texans
  • Carter Coughlin, New York Giants
  • Daniel Faalele, Baltimore Ravens
  • Tyler Johnson, Houston Texans
  • Ko Kieft, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Boye Mafe, Seattle Seahawks
  • Esezi Otomewo, Minnesota Vikings
  • Benjamin St. Juste, Washington Commanders
  • Maxx Williams, Arizona Cardinals
  • Damien Wilson, Carolina Panthers
  • Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On Practice Squads
  • Micah Dew-Treadway, Chicago Bears
  • Chris Strevler, New York Jets
Free Agents
  • Blaise Andries
  • Brian Boddy-Calhoun
  • Jack Gibbens
  • Kamal Martin
  • Ryan Santoso
  • Sam Chlueter
  • Rodney Smith
  • Chris Williamson
CFL Players
  • Simoni Lawrence, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Steven Richardson, BC Lions
  • Drew Wolitarsky, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
IFL Players
  • Shannon Brooks, Arizona Rattlers
 

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I think I'm most surprised by Blaise and Kamal not being on practice squads
 

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Here's where we're at to get the NFL season started:

On 53-Man Rosters
  • Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
  • De’Vondre Campbell, Green Bay Packers
  • Blake Cashman, Houston Texans
  • Carter Coughlin, New York Giants
  • Daniel Faalele, Baltimore Ravens
  • Tyler Johnson, Houston Texans
  • Ko Kieft, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Boye Mafe, Seattle Seahawks
  • Esezi Otomewo, Minnesota Vikings
  • Benjamin St. Juste, Washington Commanders
  • Maxx Williams, Arizona Cardinals
  • Damien Wilson, Carolina Panthers
  • Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On Practice Squads
  • Micah Dew-Treadway, Chicago Bears
  • Chris Strevler, New York Jets
Free Agents
  • Blaise Andries
  • Brian Boddy-Calhoun
  • Jack Gibbens
  • Kamal Martin
  • Ryan Santoso
  • Sam Chlueter
  • Rodney Smith
  • Chris Williamson
CFL Players
  • Simoni Lawrence, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Steven Richardson, BC Lions
  • Drew Wolitarsky, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
IFL Players
  • Shannon Brooks, Arizona Rattlers

I'm really surprised Gibbens isn't with a practice squad yet.
 

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I think I'm most surprised by Blaise and Kamal not being on practice squads
Yeah I wonder if there's still any chance of getting picked up in this last week before the season gets going. The latest news I checked this morning had them not included but maybe things will shift before next Sunday.
 

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Yeah I wonder if there's still any chance of getting picked up in this last week before the season gets going. The latest news I checked this morning had them not included but maybe things will shift before next Sunday.

I thought Kamal had another injury? Maybe I misread, but thought that factored into his Panthers cut.
 

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Is Falaalele expected to start?
Damien and De'Vondre both great college players obviously and both Juco guys that Kill brought in. Great seeing them having such long careers.
 

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Here's where we're at to get the NFL season started:

On 53-Man Rosters
  • Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
  • De’Vondre Campbell, Green Bay Packers
  • Blake Cashman, Houston Texans
  • Carter Coughlin, New York Giants
  • Daniel Faalele, Baltimore Ravens
  • Tyler Johnson, Houston Texans
  • Ko Kieft, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Boye Mafe, Seattle Seahawks
  • Esezi Otomewo, Minnesota Vikings
  • Benjamin St. Juste, Washington Commanders
  • Maxx Williams, Arizona Cardinals
  • Damien Wilson, Carolina Panthers
  • Antoine Winfield Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On Practice Squads
  • Micah Dew-Treadway, Chicago Bears
  • Chris Strevler, New York Jets
Free Agents
  • Blaise Andries
  • Brian Boddy-Calhoun
  • Jack Gibbens
  • Kamal Martin
  • Ryan Santoso
  • Sam Chlueter
  • Rodney Smith
  • Chris Williamson
CFL Players
  • Simoni Lawrence, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Steven Richardson, BC Lions
  • Drew Wolitarsky, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
IFL Players
  • Shannon Brooks, Arizona Rattlers
Thanks for doing this IceBox. Eric Murray just signed a 2 year with the Texans right?
 








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