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The Broncos took two wide receivers in the 2017 draft Victor
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 , but didn’t get much help from either Carlos
Henderson or Isaiah McKenzie made much of an impact on the field as rookies.

While both players remain on the roster, the Broncos didn’t stand pat at
wideout this offseason. They drafted two more wideouts — Courtland Sutton in the
second round and DaeSean Hamilton in the fourth — as they try to build out their
offense around quarterback Case Keenum.

Both players have earned positive reviews from teammates and coaches this
spring. Keenum called Sutton a “friendly target” while wide receiver Emmanuel
Sanders said, via The Athletic, that Hamilton “is one of those diamonds
in the rough type of guys.” Head coach Vance Joseph thinks both will be playing
roles on offense come September.

“Those two guys are going to help us in the fall,” Joseph said, via ESPN.com.
” … They鈥檝e both been very mature to go with all of the other things. For
[Sutton], it鈥檚 that catch radius — he wins with his body even if he doesn鈥檛 win
the route. And DaeSean he is a physical guy who is where the quarterbacks want
him to be.”

Sanders and Demaryius Thomas fronted the receiver group last year with the
now-departed Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer combining for 48 catches behind
them. With Keenum now at quarterback, the Broncos are likely looking for more
out of those spots and it seems the two rookies will get every chance to provide
it.

Already owning one of the strongest defensive lines in the league, the
Minnesota Vikings have made another addition to their front four this summer.

He even was a former first-round draft pick.

Anthony Barr has established his place as the strong side
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 , an integral part of coach Mike Zimmer’s
pressure-driven scheme. This switch is not by any means complete or permanent,
considering the value Barr has given the Vikings while rarely missing a snap in
the middle of the defense with former college teammate Eric Kendricks. With
Brian Robison capably spelling Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter at the
defensive end spots, there’s not a glaring need for one.

Sliding Barr and his athleticism and speed to the front, though, provides yet
another way Zimmer and the Vikings can attack an offense.

”Definitely, it could be a change-up for us,” Barr said. ”Hopefully I can get
a couple more opportunities to do that, and we’ll see where it goes. It’s
something I’m going to continue to work on and get better at. I’m excited for
it.”

The Vikings have used passing-situation packages this offseason that include
cornerback Terence Newman at safety while making Harrison Smith a hybrid
linebacker. Put Barr at defensive end, and Everson Griffen can move inside. Or
Barr could simply line up as a fifth down lineman. Either way Youth
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 , that’s the potential for quite the fierce
pass rush.

”We are just trying to utilize our guys the best way we can,” Zimmer said.
”If a guy has a skill set of being possibly a pass rusher, then we’re going to
look at him and see if he can be a pass rusher. If a guy’s a great inside cover
guy, then we’re going to try and look at him there.”

Barr has taken plenty of turns with the defensive linemen during individual
drills in training camp so far, evidence that this is more than just a token
experiment.

”It’s a conscious effort in getting him into rush situations where he knows
what to do,” Zimmer said. ”I really don’t have any concerns when he’s rushing on
a back, but sometimes when he gets on a bigger stronger guy and gets in certain
positions, he has to know what to do.”

Barr was the first player the Vikings drafted after hiring Zimmer in 2014,
the ninth overall selection out of UCLA who spent only two years with the Bruins
on defense after beginning his college career as a running back. With 10
sacks Brian
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 , six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one
interception over four seasons, Barr has left himself plenty of room to improve
on such modest statistics. There are many more ways to contribute than those
basic measurements, of course, but Zimmer’s matter-of-fact assessment in 2016
that Barr ”has a tendency to coast a little bit” still hovers over his
trajectory.

Across the NFL, Barr is known mostly for his hit on Green Bay Packers
quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the sixth game of the year that led to a broken
collarbone and set the NFC North rivals on opposite courses in 2017.
Interestingly, referee Pete Morelli told reporters at Minnesota’s practice
facility on Thursday that the league’s stricter rules about targeting
defenseless players would now make that play a 15-yard penalty.

Barr is the only core player left on an expiring contract, with extensions
recently signed by wide receiver Stefon Diggs, defensive end Danielle Hunter and
Kendricks. Barr’s salary for 2018 is a little more than $12.3 million Leon
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 , and he hinted at disappointment when spring
practices began without a new deal. He didn’t address the subject in his first
remarks to reporters at training camp.

”My focus is here at camp, getting better with the team, and we’ll let that
figure itself out,” he said.

If this defensive end thing works well, Barr’s price will only go higher.

”I’ll never talk business out in the open or in public,” general manager Rick
Spielman said. ”I’ll just tell you he fits everything that we want as a
Minnesota Viking.”

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