I talked to Phil who talked to him last night. He seems to be doing OK. I think he’s just sitting there anxiously waiting on some good answers.
“We’ll see,” Shurmur told reporters during the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando last month. “We’re having those discussions. We’re in discussions with teams [about practices], but you can suggest to the league a team you want to play against and then the league eventually will just tell you who you’re playing.”
Shurmur and the Giants likely will work towards organization joint practices this summer, but announce them as well as the opponents at a later date. Previously, Shurmur took part in joint practices with the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens when he was the offensive coordinator on Chip Kelly’s staff with the Eagles from 2013-2015.
The preseason is a prime opportunity for coaches to see bottom of the roster players in action to help determine who makes the team and who gets cut. Rarely a harbinger of how the regular season will play out, the Giants finished the 2017 exhibition slate with a 2-2 record.
The NFL is expected to release the 2018 regular season schedule later this month.
Even if Johnson returns to dominant 2016 form, that’s a fantastical forecast considering the dubious state of the offensive line and receiving corps.
The past two years’ worth of Vikings tape, however, bolster Johnson’s claim about Bradford’s potential in Arizona.
The scarlet letter attached to Bradford this offseason is similar to the one Carson Palmer sported when the Cardinals stole the former Raiders quarterback for the bargain price of a sixth-round draft pick in 2013: Can his body withstand the weekly poundings long enough to showcase his special arm talent?
Within two years of his arrival in the desert, Palmer was being hailed as a ” godsend ,” leaving a trail of skeptics in his wake.
That’s not to suggest Bradford is bound to follow in Palmer’s footsteps as an MVP runner-up in Arizona, but Johnson’s inferences are far from unfounded.