Vikings plan a team approach to anthem

In more than three weeks since the NFL enacted a new anthem policy that managed to cause more problems than it solved, teams and owners and league officials generally have managed to keep their heads low and their mouths shut on the topic.

For the Vikings, the subject became unavoidable on Friday, because the team publicly cut the ribbon on its swanky new training facility.

Very little on-the-field work, is Manning’s description of what Beckham did during the OTAs. Just kind of getting in the meeting rooms and he’s been there for some of the walk-throughs and stuff. It’s important to just kind of hear the plays, hear the formations, hear everything so he’ll have a good idea of what’s coming up.

It would not be a surprise if Beckham remains limited at the start of training camp in late July. The Giants are of no mind to accelerate Beckham before he is completely ready to go and, once he is given the green light in camp this summer, expect he will be eased in slowly.

The Cowboys are thin at free safety since new secondary coach Kris Richard moved Byron Jones to cornerback. Jones started all 16 games at free safety last season.

As it stands now, Xavier Woods is slated to start at free safety.

I just block it out, Woods said of talk about Thomas, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. I’ve learned this is a business at the end of the day. The job is based on yourself. You have to be irreplaceable. It’s all on you.

I just control what I can control. I’m trying every day to give them a reason not to want anybody else.

Woods, a sixth-round draft choice in 2017, played 51.5 percent of the defensive snaps last season, mostly at nickel back. He made 41 tackles, six pass breakups and an interception.

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