NFL offseason: Where some teams and players stand – Allentown Morning Call

It’s mid-June, which means for the next month or so, NFL teams basically hibernate.

Yes, even those 24/7, sleep-in-the-office, watch-film-around-the-clock coaches take some sort of a break.

It’s also a good time to look at key developments of the offseason, and where some teams stand heading to training camp at the end of July.

“I think they’re very aware of a lot of the things we’re trying to teach,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says. “I think they’re in a good place right now.

“Sometimes you just get here and run plays, but you’re not learning how to play the game. We’ve progressed to the part now where we’re trying to learn how to play games, trying to learn how to play at the end of games, how to play with the clock, without the clock, with the ball or without the ball. Because I think that’s going to be important when we come down to starting getting into the real stuff.”

The real, real stuff is three months away. Here are some observations after all the offseason machinations.

Who has it better than us?

A fifth Lombardi Trophy in their collection, Super Bowl rings with more diamonds than a nearby Tiffany, and a soon-to-be 40-year-old quarterback who looks, acts and plays as if he’s 30. Did the Patriots really need much more to make the first half of 2017 special?

Yet look at their roster and, if you are one of the other 31 NFL teams, you should be shuddering. New England went 14-2 last season, including four games without Tom Brady, but looks even stronger now.

Feeling a need to bolster the receiving group, the Patriots brought in Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen.

Desiring a better pass rush, they acquired Kony Ealy.

After taking a hit at running

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