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Getty Brett Hundley #7 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass in the first half during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 26, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Minnesota Vikings stayed the course at the quarterback position despite head coach and general manager changes.

Kirk Cousins agreed to a contract extension through 2023, while the Vikings also re-signed his backup and Sean Mannion this offseason. The new regime hadn’t brought any new arms onto the roster despite skepticism surrounding the team’s future at quarterback from Cousins down to 2021 third-round pick Kellen Mond toward the end of the 2021 season.

That changed at the start of rookie minicamps on Friday.

The Vikings brought in a former Green Bay Packers quarterback who earned high praise from new head coach Kevin O’Connell.

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Brett Hundley Tryout at Rookie Minicamps

On Friday, former Packers quarterback Brett Hundley was brought in to help facilitate the first day of rookie minicamps, along with former University of Washington quarterback Patrick O’Brien.

A 2015 fifth-round pick by Green Bay, Hundley started in nine games for the Packers in 2017 after Aaron Rodgers suffered a season-ending collarbone injury. He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks the next offseason and has bounced around the league, making stops with the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts training camps. His last game played was with the Cardinals in 2019.

While Hundley, 28, has been a camp body the past two seasons, O’Connell said he’s been “intrigued” by the former Packers quarterback.

“I spent a lot of time on (Hundley) coming out of the draft (in 2015),” O’Connell said in a May 13 press conference. “I’ve always been intrigued by him as a quarterback in this league. He’s kind of bounced around, been in some spots, been coached up well, you can tell in the meeting room.”

O’Connell encouraged O’Brien and Hundley to compete like there is a potential spot on the line.

“That’s why the tryout guys are here,” O’Connell said. “They’re here for a reason. That’s what I told them. Compete and we’ll see how everything shakes out.”

The Vikings currently have Cousins, Mannion, Mond and 2020 seventh-round pick Nate Stanley on their roster and could look to add more arms once full minicamps begin on May 17.

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O’Connell’s Fresh Perspective on Rookie Camps

O’Connell’s first practice as a head coach has already strayed from the conventional programs of many teams in the NFL.

The former Los Angeles Rams coordinator put just 42 players on the field for last Friday’s first day of rookie minicamps. His goal was to have more of a passing camp with an emphasis on skill players and defensive backs instead of trying to evaluate linemen who are practicing without pads during OTAs.

“We tried to keep the numbers a little bit lower than to have the traditional 70, 80 guys when we’d have some team drills and the ball’s on the ground a bunch, players are on the ground a bunch,” O’Connell said. “What we’re doing is those competitive 7-on-7s and kind of turning it into a pseudo passing camp, just to make sure we can get quality reps, we can install some things, and then try to really evaluate guys on both sides of the ball when the ball’s in the air.

“Those big guys, we’ll try to incorporate something tomorrow within the rules where we can get those guys at least lining up across from one another,” O’Connell added. Really what we’re trying to do is just acclimate these guys overall — where to go in the meetings, where to go in the building, where to eat lunch.”

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Giannis Heaps Praise on Celtics Jayson Tatums Game Six Performance

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With their season on the line, the Boston Celtics found a way to overcome the Milwaukee Bucks in their do-or-die game six matchups on May 13.

Jayson Tatum rose to the occasion, leading the Celtics to victory on the back of his 46 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. The All-Star wing provided his team with an incredibly efficient performance, shooting 53.1% from the field and 46.7% from deep as he torched Milwaukee’s defensive coverages repeatedly.

“He was unbelievable; he was knocking down shots, tough shots, getting to his spots. We’ve got to give him credit. He led his team to a win, as I said, made a lot of tough shots. I think that as a team, we were doing a good job staying in front of him, making him take contested threes and contested two’s, but he made it. You’ve got to respect that. He was unbelievable,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said of Tatum following the game.

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Giannis was also a force to be reckoned with in game six, as he finished the contest with 44 points, 20 rebounds, and six assists. However, it was clear Boston’s plan was to focus on shutting down Milwaukee’s role players and allowing Giannis to have his way because no matter what, he couldn’t beat the Celtics on his own.

Mike Budenholzer Credits Tatum Following Celtics Win

Milwaukee started the May 13 contest one win away from making the conference finals and was hoping to take care of business in front of their home crowd. Unfortunately, Tatum and the Celtics had different ideas, and now the Bucks will be heading back to Boston for game seven at the TD Garden.

Despite his team’s loss, Milwaukee Head Coach Mike Budenholzer was full of praise for how the Celtics approached such a pivotal game in their season and how Tatum rose to the occasion despite being subdued for the majority of the series.

Mike Budenholzer: Jayson Tatum 'Had a Heck of a Night.'MILWAUKEE, WI — Mike Budenholzer spoke to reporters after the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 108-95 on Friday night to force a seventh game in their Eastern Conference semifinal. —————————————– – #celtics #NBA #CelticsCLNS The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the media…2022-05-14T08:04:23Z

“Seven free throws is not terrible for a player that has the ball as much as him. We’ve just got to keep contesting, guard screens better, and do everything on him a little bit better. Credit to him, he had a heck of a night,” Budenhozler told reporters following his team’s loss.

Milwaukee will face a do-or-die game away from home for the second straight season in the second round of the playoffs. Last year, the Bucks defeated the Brooklyn Nets on their home floor to progress to the Eastern Conference finals, but the Celtics will be doing everything in their power to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself on Sunday, May 15.

Tatum Backs Marcus Smart After Solid Game Six

In the final minute of the Celtics game five loss to the Bucks, Marcus Smart made a couple of high-profile errors that opened the door for Milwaukee to win the game. Yet, in game six, Smart was at his best, scoring and distributing the ball on offense while also providing some stellar perimeter defense to help his team build a sustainable lead.

To end the game, Smart had 21 points, five rebounds, and seven assists on 50% shooting from the field and 55.6% shooting from the perimeter. Speaking after the game, Tatum threw his support behind the Defensive Player of the Year.

Jayson Tatum REACTS to 46 PT Game, Forcing Game 7 | Celtics PostgameMILWAUKEE, WI — Jayson Tatum spoke to reporters after the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 108-95 on Friday night to force a seventh game in their Eastern Conference semifinal. Tatum finsihed with 46 PTS, 9 REB on 17-32 FG and 7-15 3PT shooting. He joins Sam Jones as the only Celtics ever with multiple…2022-05-14T04:13:12Z

“That was to be expected; we got all the confidence in the world in Smart. We knew that he was going to come back and be the player we needed him to be on the road in game six. And he stepped up. He was big for us tonight, especially in the beginning of the game, making all the right plays,” Tatum told the media in his post-game press conference.

Both teams will be under enormous pressure to perform in game seven on Sunday, May 15, but if Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart can all find top gear, the Celtics have an excellent chance of progressing and setting up a conference finals showdown with the Miami Heat.




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