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Peterson compares Bridgewater to Brady

Minnesota star running back Adrian Peterson, who recently said the Vikings can win it all this season, compares quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's game to Tom Brady.

Minnesota star running back Adrian Peterson, who recently said the Vikings can win it all this season, compares quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s game to Tom Brady.

Peterson feels the 23-year-old Bridgewater is ready to come into his own as a third-year starter while making the comparison to the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback of the New England Patriots.

“He reminds me of a Tom Brady because Tom Brady is great at those mediocre passes,” Peterson said on Friday’s Pro Football Talk Live on NBC Sports Radio. “Those short passes and midrange passes, and that’s exactly what Teddy does as well. He’s the type of guy that needs the receiver that runs routes and that’s at a specific location that you’re practicing.

“So I feel like with the additions that we’ve made to the offensive line and of course me envisioning what I’ll be able to bring to the offense as well, I think that’s going to make his job a lot easier. With that he’ll feel more comfortable, and he can really get back there and just play his game. So I’m expecting big things from Teddy this year.”

The Vikings reached the playoffs last season for the first time in three years as Peterson returned to the field following his 2014 suspension.

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The Vikings will be seeking more from their offense as they try to build on an 11-5 season in 2015.

“His third year in, that’s a moment when a young guy really just comes to himself,” Peterson said of Bridgewater. “I feel like these past two years have been good. His first year I felt like was an awesome opportunity with me not being back there to really kind of have a load on his shoulders. Then last year we went through those first couple of weeks just kind of balancing things out with me being back there.

“I feel like this year with how I feel the offensive line will perform that’s just going to make him an even better player. Just having more time to sit back there in the pocket and deliver the ball.”

Improving the offensive line, which allowed 83 sacks of Bridgewater in his first two seasons, was one of head coach Mike Zimmer’s top priorities this offseason.

The Vikings added offensive guard Alex Boone and offensive tackle Andre Smith during the offseason.

Broncos QB Sanchez pushing for rapid return

Likely starting quarterback Mark Sanchez is pushing to return from surgery on his left thumb for the start of organized team activities with the Denver Broncos next week.

Sanchez was projected to miss all of OTAs after a procedure May 14 to repair a ligament in his non-throwing thumb but said Wednesday he thinks he can be on the field with the team when sessions kick off Tuesday.

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The Broncos are in transition at quarterback.

Peyton Manning retired three weeks after winning Super Bowl 50 and his backup, Brock Osweiler, packed up and left for Houston in free agency in March.

Sanchez was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles, who re-signed Sam Bradford, gave backup Chase Daniel a three-year deal in free agency and dealt multiple draft picks - including a first-round pick next year - to acquire the No. 2 overall pick and select Carson Wentz from North Dakota State.

The Broncos have no such surplus but drafted Paxton Lynch, a junior from Memphis, to compete with Sanchez after serious flirtations with the San Francisco 49ers about a trade for Colin Kaepernick. Second-year backup Trevor Siemian, a seventh-round pick in 2015 who had only 14 college starts at Northwestern, is still on the roster.

Jaguars’ Ramsey has meniscus tear

Fifth overall pick Jalen Ramsey has a small meniscus tear in his right knee and the Jacksonville Jaguars are evaluating options for addressing the injury.

Ramsey’s preseason injury stirs reminders of 2015 first-round draft pick Dante Fowler, who never played last year. Fowler, a defensive end, went down in offseason workouts with a torn ACL and went on injured reserve.

Ramsey’s right knee is of particular concern because he had microfracture surgery as a high school sophomore. While the cornerback said in February the initial injury has never given him problems, the latest damage could be of long-term concern to the Jaguars. Surgery to repair a torn meniscus is not common but in some cases proves to be the best course of action. Most often, rest and treatment are prescribed.

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Poll shows many Native Americans not offended by Washington nickname

A poll conducted by the Washington Post found that 90 percent of Native Americans aren’t offended by the nickname of the Washington Redskins.

The Post said it polled 504 Native Americans from around the country. It also found that 78 percent of the people polled don’t consider the name to be an important issue. The Redskins have been under fire in recent seasons to change the name as many people find the nickname to be a term that is derogatory to Native Americans.

Owner Dan Snyder has refused to change the name and he expressed appreciation for the Washington Post’s poll results.

Former Lions RB trying to qualify for Olympics

Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is attempting to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as a sprinter.

Best was a first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and played two seasons for the Lions, rushing for 945 yards and six touchdowns in 22 games, but had his career cut short by concussions. Now 27, Best is trying to make the St. Lucia team.

He needs a time of 10.16 seconds or better in the 100 meters at the St. Lucian national championships on July 25-26, according to St. Lucia News Online. Best was born in Richmond, Calif. and is not a St. Lucia citizen, but his father was born there and Best can participate in the Olympics for St. Lucia if he can get a passport, gain citizenship and qualify.

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