Joe Senser hasn’t caught a pass in 35 years, but Vikings fans still remember him fondly. At his home in Edina is a basket filled with more than 50 letters from people around the country who have sent old trading cards and photos they hope to have autographed and returned. Senser used to regularly sign and send back such items but hasn’t been able to recently; he has suffered two strokes since 2016 and no longer can write with his right hand. So, letters from autograph seekers continue to pile up as his wife, Amy, waits until the former Pro Bowl tight end can write well enough with his left hand to produce a number of satisfactory signatures. “They are his fans, and we want to get their cards back to them,” Amy Senser said on a recent afternoon in the family’s living room. “We’ve got to find a way to do it.” Sitting next to his wife, Senser nodded and said, “Yeah, yeah.” There is not a lot more he is able to say. Forty years … [Read more...] about Former Vikings tight end Joe Senser working way back from two ‘devastating’ strokes
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Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 12:19 PM EDT Apr 9, 2019 Allen Park — The longer we talk about the NFL draft, the more circular the analysis seems to become. So it's not surprising, with the draft two weeks away, we're coming back to the idea of the Detroit Lions taking a tight end with the No. 8 pick. In his latest mock draft for ESPN, analyst Todd McShay projects ideal, three-round scenarios for each of the league's 32 franchises. In it, he has the Lions taking Iowa's T.J. Hockenson at No. 8, followed by Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson in the second round and Iowa State wide receiver Hakeem Butler in the third. Like many outside observers, McShay acknowledges Detroit's need for another pass rusher. But despite the premium placed on the position, he feels the team can get better value going with Hockenson early, over Michigan's Rashan Gary, Mississippi State's Montez Sweat and Houston interior lineman Ed Oliver. "Sometimes you … [Read more...] about ESPN’s Todd McShay explains why the Detroit Lions should pick T.J. Hockenson over DE at No. 8 pick in NFL draft.
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 7:04 AM EDT Mar 21, 2019 Versatility. Matt Patricia values it. Ed Oliver has it. That about sums up why I gave Oliver to the Detroit Lions in my Mock Draft 2.0, the post-free agency version, posted right here Wednesday on Freep.com. The Lions, with the multiple fronts they run and gameplan-specific defense they employ, want lots of players who can do lots of different things, and if there’s one constant to what I’ve heard about Oliver during this pre-draft process, it’s that he can wreck games in a whole lot of different ways. Oliver was somewhat miscast at Houston, where he often played the nosetackle position on a three-man defensive line. That helps explain why he didn’t put up huge sacks numbers in his three seasons with the Cougars (just 13.5 total), and why some scouts think he’ll be even better as a pro. In the NFL, Oliver can play as a right or left end, a three-technique defensive tackle, … [Read more...] about Why Detroit Lions will take Houston’s Ed Oliver in NFL draft
By Eric Branch Updated 4:04 pm PST, Monday, December 31, 2018 San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring during the second half in an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring during the second half in an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Photo: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Photo: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring during the second half in an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Los … [Read more...] about Tight end George Kittle wins 49ers’ Bill Walsh Award
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 12:12 PM EST Dec 27, 2018 It’s mailbag time! Every week in season, Dave Birkett will answer your Detroit Lions questions. Send them via Twitter to @davebirkett or by email to [email protected] Q. Would the Lions seriously consider a QB at 5? - @hockeydad1999 A. The last mailbag of the regular season is here and there’s no better place to start than the question that’s sure to dominate the next few months: Matthew Stafford's future. Stafford still has four years left on the massive contract extension that he signed last summer. Sentiment in this town has absolutely turned against him as quarterback, and one NFL source predicted to ESPN in a story this week that the Lions will trade Stafford this offseason. As I’ve written before, I don’t think that happens, though it will certainly be one of the first questions I ask Bob Quinn when his annual postseason news conference gets underway hopefully next … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: Could Lions take QB high in NFL draft?